Fragrance Notes Issue 2, 2019 | Page 18

ASSOCIATION NEWS Farah Ahmed Testifies Before USTR on E.U. Tariffs The association is proactively engaging with the Administration to ensure U.S. manufacturing and jobs remain top priorities Representing the U.S. fragrance industry, Farah K. Ahmed, President & CEO of Fragrance Creators Association, testified May 15, 2019, before the United States Trade Representative (USTR), urging the Administration not to apply any tariff or trade restrictions on essential oils and concentrates of essential oils classified in HTS heading 3301. While supporting the Administration’s goal of promoting U.S. manufacturing, Fragrance Creators asserts that the tariffs will negatively impact American businesses and consumers while providing no additional benefit to the U.S. economy. Essential oils and concentrates of essential oils deliver wellness benefits Caption for the photo below about what’s going on in the image tktktktk heere tktk 18 | FRAGRANCENOTES.ORG | Issue 2, 2019 for millions of Americans. The fragrance industry’s use of these ingredients promotes biodiversity and enhances the lives of farmers in the U.S. and around the world. “Levying tariff and trade restrictions on essential oils, particularly those that are sourced from plants that cannot be grown in the U.S., would in no way advance our economy,” said Ahmed. “In fact, restrictions on these products will lead to higher costs for U.S. producers (many of which are small businesses), retailers, and every person in every community in the nation—all without any accompanying benefit to U.S. industry... In addition, hundreds of thousands of American jobs are dependent on scented products, which require these essential oil inputs, and could be jeopardized.” Fragrance Creators is committed to proactively engaging with USTR to demonstrate that tariff-related cost increases compromise the competitiveness of American manufacturers, threaten downstream retail jobs and businesses, and undercut the Administration’s stated goals by putting U.S. manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage against other global manufacturers. Left to right: Erica Lermond, CEO, The Lermond Company and Member, Fragrance Creators’ Board, with Farah Ahmed, President & CEO, Fragrance Creators. Al Bauer, Vice President, Citrus and Allied, and Member, Fragrance Creators Board, with Lermond