Why Delayed Tariffs Are Bad News For Women’s Clothing

Tariffs to be imposed on all goods coming from China was supposed to take effect starting on the first day of September but it was pushed back to December 15. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, women will have to shoulder more because of the tariffs compared to men. This is because the delayed tariffs will also cover apparel which includes women’s clothing like nude undershirts and girl’s clothing – all imported from China. The value of this category is over two times compared that of the imported clothing under the men’s and boy’s category.

An announcement from the representative of United States Trade said that the goods to be imposed with tariffs will include certain types of footwear and clothing products. Regardless of the delay, women is going to be impacted more compared to men in case the retailers decided to transfer this financial burden to consumers. Based on the figures released by The Journal in 2018, women’s and girl’s clothing that were imported from China to the United States reached 42 per cent while men’s and boy’s clothing is only 26 per cent.

The same report revealed that the average household in the country spends around $665 annually for apparel meant for women’s and girl’s while they shell out $427 for men’s and boy’s apparel. This is not a total cause for worry though because no all apparel purchases will be impacted by the tariffs. Majority of the $400 billion spent by consumers in buying clothing and footwear were spent on items coming from different countries aside from China.

National Retail Federation’s Jonathan Gold said that the tariffs could be the reason why retailers will transfer to new supply chains but it is not as easy to accomplish since it takes time. At the end of the day, American families might have to pay more for clothing like nude undershirts since these are items that are considered to be necessities. This is a huge blow as prior to the delayed tariffs, women’s clothing were already charged higher tariffs compared to men’s at 14.9 per cent versus 12 per cent.