Statement by Francine Lamoriello, EVP, Global Strategies Personal Care Products Council Regarding the Impact of Additional Tariffs on Imports from China on the Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Industry

September 18, 2018


Lisa Powers, (202) 466-0489,
Jewel Jones, (202) 454-0302,

Washington, D.C. – “Following the Administration’s announcement about imposing additional tariffs on imports from China, the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) and its member companies remain strongly opposed to any policy that results in increased tariffs on cosmetics and personal care products. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) proposed list of tariffs, as it currently stands, will severely undermine U.S. interests and do nothing to advance the Administration’s policy goals. This is particularly true for the personal care products industry.

“Open markets help companies develop and provide the innovative products that consumers around the world trust and enjoy. These actions by the U.S. Administration against China would undermine the long term competitiveness of our industry, which is significantly dependent on global trade. This will not only hurt our industry but U.S. consumers as well.

“We urge the Administration to engage in discussions with the Chinese Government at the earliest possible date to resolve outstanding issues and to dismantle the increased tariffs that have been announced by both sides.”


Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council (PCPC) is the leading national trade association representing global cosmetics and personal care products companies. Founded in 1894, PCPC’s approximately 600 member companies manufacture, distribute and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S. As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on and trust every day – from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance – personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.