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Footwear Industry Slams Trump's Claim That Canadians Smuggle Shoes

If Trump is concerned about treating American footwear companies and consumers fairly, then he should have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America said.
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  • Bloomberg

WASHINGTON, DC, United States — For those waiting for the other shoe to drop as US-Canadian trade tensions tighten, it may just have.

The US footwear industry’s business and trade association is firing back after President Donald Trump on Tuesday alleged that America’s northern neighbours sneak shoes across the border to avoid tariffs.

“The tariffs to get common items back into Canada are so high that they have to smuggle them in,” Trump said during remarks at the National Federation of Independent Business. “They buy shoes and they wear them. They scuff them up.”

The president is “misinformed” and Canadians have no real reason to smuggle in shoes because their government is already helping lower their costs through trade deals, Matt Priest, president of the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, said in an emailed statement.

If Trump is concerned about treating American footwear companies and consumers fairly, then he should have signed the Trans-Pacific Partnership to lower footwear costs in the US, Priest said. Nafta, meanwhile, hasn’t benefited consumers in America, he said.

Tensions with Canada and other trade partners have surged as Trump seeks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement while imposing tariffs on steel and aluminium imports, prompting retaliatory levies.

“On behalf of the American footwear industry, we welcome anyone from anywhere to come and purchase shoes in America,” Priest said. “We don’t care where they wear them, and if they get scuffed up all the better so we can sell them more.”

By Hema Parmar; editor: Anne Riley Moffat and Jonathan Roeder

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