“Don’t Tax Toys”: Join Our Fight Against Trump’s Tariffs #DontTaxToys
May 15, 2019

May 14, 2019 | The Toy Association is leading industry advocacy efforts to aggressively oppose President Trump’s proposal of a 25 percent tariff on $300 billion worth of Chinese imports, including toys.

The move comes days after the president raised the duty rate to 25 percent on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports that were already subject to 10 percent tariffs.

In a statement, Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association, expressed the industry’s strong opposition to tariffs:

“The return of a dark tariff cloud threatening the toy and retail communities would sharply increase the cost of toys and cause irreparable harm to companies of all sizes – particularly American small businesses,” Pasierb said. “We have not relented in our fight against the threat of tariffs and will continue to push back aggressively on these damaging tactics that amount to nothing more than a tax on American families and their children and will lead to projected losses of tens of thousands of U.S. jobs. To be clear, China is not paying these tariffs; rather, American families and U.S. companies are, through higher consumer prices and decreased profits. We support fair and free trade that protects American intellectual property, our workers and businesses. This all-out trade war is the wrong approach.”

The Toy Association remains fully active opposing these tariffs and continues to lead industry advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill and with the administration to raise awareness of the damaging impact that tariffs would have on American toy companies, jobs, and consumers. The Association is working closely with the multi-industry nationwide coalition, Americans for Free Trade, and has re-engaged PR firm Hogan Lovells to develop an aggressive media plan that will reinforce the toy community’s core messages on this front.

Join Our Industry’s Fight

  • Contact your local congressman and senators to inform them of the harmful impact of tariffs on your company. Sending this grassroots letter takes just a minute. Please forward it to everyone in your company, so they can add their voice to the fight.
  • Join the Americans for Free Trade coalition at americansforfreetrade.com. Scroll down and provide your information in the online form – it’s free to join and will help strengthen coalition efforts.
  • The Toy Association continues to collect feedback from toy companies to determine the impact that tariffs would have on their businesses; input will help strengthen its advocacy and media efforts on this critical issue. Contact Rebecca Mond, vice president of federal government affairs, to share your story.
Daniel Pickett
Daniel “Julius Marx” Pickett has been around toys his whole life. The first line he ever collected was Mego’s World’s Greatest Super Heroes line back in the 70s. He has been surrounded by collectables ever since. In 1999 he was confounded by a lack of information and news about some of his favorite toy lines he was collecting. Since he couldn’t find the information he decided to pursue it himself thinking other people might also be interested in the same news. He started writing a weekly column on the toy industry and action figure for a toy news site and in a years time he tripled the sites daily traffic with his updates, reviews and product features. He built relationships with every major toy manufacturer and many sculptors, painters and mold makers. He grew his hobby into a world wide expertise that the industry has embraced. In 2004 he teamed up with his toy buddy Jason “ToyOtter” Geyer and they created their own website www.ActionFigureInsider.com. Daniel has been quoted in both industry and mass media press outlets. Over the years Daniel and AFi have been sought out as experts in the field. Daniel was regularly featured on “Attack of the Show” on the G4 network as the primary contributor to their “Mint On Card” segment, and our front page has been linked to from USA Today’s “Pop Candy” Blog twice. Daniel’s content has also been featured on MSNBC.com, Time.com, The Wall Street Journal, The Saturday Evening Post, CNN.com, AssociatedPress.com Wired.com, Fark.com, Boing-Boing, Gizmodo.com, Ain’t It Cool News, the Official Star Wars blog, Geekologie, G4, CNet and Toy Fare magazine, among many others. He has consulted on toy lines, books, documentaries and TV shows. But all of that really just sounds snooty and “tootin’ his own horn” – the long and short of it is that Daniel loves toys and he LOVES talking about them.
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  • John says:

    Produce products in the USA and you don’t have to worry about it! Quit posting liberal garbage on a action figure website!

    • At this time, mass producing action figures in the USA would triple the current pricing. No one would be willing to pay that. If you can’t tell the difference between a press release from the governing body of the toy industry and “liberal garbage” then perhaps this is not the website for you.

  • Shawn says:

    I’m not even sure how being opposed to Trump’s tariffs qualify as “liberal garbage”. I’m seeing shades of the Red scare as people are seeing liberal plots everywhere. This is strictly business. Tariffs are a tax that hit companies who then have to jack up the price of their products to offset those costs. We the consumer end up paying for that. So just produce products here in the U’S’? You’re asking toy companies to build factories here in the states but our manufacturing is so gutted that they’d be building them from scratch. Many smaller companies will just wither and die unable to compete.

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