What is the dispute?
The Coalition for Fair Trade in Ceramic Tile (“Petitioners”) have filed anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) Petitions with the federal government. The Coalition consists of U.S. ceramic tile producers American Wonder Porcelain, Florida Tile, Inc., Crossville, Inc., Florim USA, Dal-Tile Corporation, Landmark Ceramics, Del Conca USA, Inc. and StonePeak Ceramics (all members of the Tile Council of North America).
These Petitions seek the imposition of penalizing duties of over 400% on virtually all ceramic and porcelain tile products imported from China — floor tiles, mosaics, and decorative wall tiles. The Petitioners claim these imports are causing injury and damage to the domestic ceramic tile manufacturing industry. We strongly disagree with these allegations and have formed an Alliance to oppose these tariffs.Who are we?
The Ceramic Tile Alliance is a broad representation of North American based importers, distributors, retailers, and design professionals. We are strongly opposed to these tariffs as we believe they jeopardize the long-term health and growth of our industry against other competing floor and decorative wall options in our market.
Our united focus in this effort is an attempt to save American businesses and the thousands of American jobs which will be at risk if this Petition is allowed to move forward.
Why does this matter?
A tariff on imports is a tax on the industry. With tariffs as high as 400%, American companies will be forced to end long-term relationships with Chinese suppliers who have provided hundreds of products not significantly produced domestically. Many specialty tile companies may be forced to closed their doors, resulting in thousands of lost jobs.
Significant financial losses for tile distributors and importers will occur in the event these products are no longer viable to import. Investments made to sample and merchandise product collections will be lost as those items will removed from showroom and libraries. Distributors will also be faced with managing unproductive surplus inventory.
The Architectural & Design community will lose entire product segments where labor intensive, uniquely crafted designs are critical.
Our greatest number of sales transactions, which are typically the most profitable, being decorative tiles and mosaics, may suffer due to a lack of available assortment.
Dealers, retail showrooms, kitchen and bath boutiques will need to retrofit costly displays, vignettes, floor and wall installations to remove products that will no longer be available.
This will cause a significant disruption to the majority of businesses in the tile industry with and result in significant price increases for the American consumer.
What can I do?
WE URGE YOU TO SUPPORT US IN FIGHTING THESE UNFAIR AND UNNECESSARY TARIFFS.