The AMBA led the effort in Washington to convince the government to reapply the 25% tariff that they lifted because importers claimed a lack of domestic capacity to build the molds. After the AMBA's call-to-action to its members and the mold building community, over 150 American mold builders filed comments with the USTR, resulting in the expiration of the exclusion of 25% tariffs on Chinese-product plastic injection molds.

Mold Builder Call to Action - Timeline and Result

Nov. 8, 2019 - AMBA submits call-to-action to its members to file comments, explaining why they were for or against the exclusion of tariffs on Chinse plastic injection molds

Nov. 29, 2019 - The AMBA announces its formal comment filing its position against the exclusion of tariffs 

Nov. 30, 2019 - The deadline arrives to file any formal comment for or against the exclusion of tariffs

Dec. 23 - Following the filling of comments from more than 150 American mold builders, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published formal notice that it would not extend the exclusion from 25 percent tariffs for Chinese plastic injection molds granted on Dec. 28, 2018.

Messaging to Members

6.19.19 - AMBA Announces New Tariff Initiative

9.13.19 - AMBA Waging War on Chinese Mold Tariff Redactions

11.11.19 - AMBA Member Action Alert!

12.4.19 - Update - AMBA Files Formal Comments on Tariffs

Press Releases and Publicity

Press Releases

November 7, 2019 | AMBA Hires Lobbying Firm, Urges Trump Administration to Reinstate Chinese Mold Tariffs

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December 20, 2019 | AMBA Applauds Trump Administration Reinstatement of Tariffs on Plastic Injection Molds

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November 8, 2019 | AMBA calls on Trump to reinstate tariffs on Chinese molds

December 4, 2019 | AMBA Formally Calls for Reinstatement of 25% Tariff on Chinese molds

December 9, 2019 | As Toolmakers Press to Bring Back Tariffs, Other Manufacturers Push Back

December 20, 2019 | Trump Administration Expected to Reinstate Tariffs on Chinese Injection Molds