Skip to comments.Facing Closure, U.S.'s Largest Sleeping Bag Maker Seeks Relief From Free Trade Loophole
Posted on 12/19/2010 6:38:36 PM PST by 1rudeboy
The country's largest manufacturer of sleeping bags says new competition from Bangladesh could force it out of business if the U.S. does not level the playing field.
Exxel Outdoors Inc., which employs nearly 70 workers in its Alabama factory and makes about 2 million sleeping bags per year, has been pressing the Obama administration to lift an exemption that lets Bangladesh import sleeping bags into the country without paying a 9 percent tariff.
"You can't leave an American manufacturer at a competitive disadvantage with a foreign worker," Harry Kazazian, chief executive of the company, told FoxNews.com.
But that's apparently what the Obama administration has done, turning down the company's request in an initial ruling and forcing Exxel to submit another request.
The office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which is reviewing Exxel's request, told FoxNews.com that its review will conclude in the spring and that President Obama would have to sign off on any changes to the list of duty-free products changes that would go into effect before July 1.
"We take Exxel's concerns seriously," the office said in a statement.
Exxel is also seeking help from Congress.
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., has tried to slap a tariff on Bangladesh sleeping bags but he has been unable to sway his fellow lawmakers to change the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, or GSP, which determines which products third-world countries can import duty free.
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Don’t expect relief from Obama in GOP territory..
Enough is enough. “Free trade” isn’t working. It’s time for America to look out for America.
First. Last. Only.
This sickens me. Screw Bangladesh. America comes first!
Screwed by free trade again.
That’s precisely why I posted this: Obama will let Sessions twist in the wind (and it’s likely the plant is non-union, also—but I didn’t check).
Exxel Outdoors Inc must not be a union shop, otherwise 0bama would be all over this like white on rice.
Little Barry is not going to punish a Muslim country.
Exxel is in Alabama. Alabama is a red state. Until Alabama gets its mind right, ain't gonna be no exemption-liftin'.
I’ll bet upon contacting the 0bama admin, they got a call the very next day from the AFL-CIO.
Have they been asleep on the job?
Enough is enough. Free trade isnt working. Its time for America to look out for America.
First. Last. Only.
Look at that Food Safety Bill they just passed. It has Free Trader Communist Globalist written all over it. More crap from Communist China on the way
Exxel’s management needs to get with the program , fire the US workers and bring in Bangladeshi’s on H1-b visas as there is obviously a lack of expertise in the current staff... They can give them all “junior assistant to the junior assistant” titles to justify the $1/day wage... They can double as quality control by sleeping in the very same sleeping bags they sew in the new “team” living quarters , what used to be called the “break room” when they are off duty 6 hours a day. Isn’t that how it works in software/IT ?
Just like those new fangled light bulbs. Close plants making incandescent bulbs in the States and force Americans to buy mercury fiilled crap bulbs from communist China.
No you don't. Just shut up.
I wonder what Exxel’s Vice President of International Sales thinks of your opinion. I’ll bet he doesn’t have your loser attitude.
It’s because it ain’t free trade. China isn’t free and their regime does everything in it’s power to make sure trade stays imbalanced heavily in it’s favor. Bangledesh is no marvel of freedom.
There are so many other countries we could be doing business with that are certainly no worse and certainly less dangerous than the Chinese. We need to drop their MFN it’s a mistake.
A few years later?
Tens of millions of Americans are out of work, the U.S. debt has reached 14 trillion and our economy is sliding into the abyss...
The company claims that it doesn’t have a problem with China, and its website appears to brag about its exports.
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