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Emerald Professional Protection Products Reports - China Tariffs Start to Bite Infection Control Industry

SOMERSET, N.J., Nov. 5, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- There is rising concern that users are going to cut back on disposable protection products in several areas and take dangerous, unnecessary risks. Risks like using products for a longer duration than intended or simply not using them at all. Will users take the precautions they are supposed to? Only time will tell.

We are not talking luxury items here, but essential infection control products. Many of these items are everyday items:

Food Service: Items such as beard covers, disposable inspection coats, jackets, hairnets, bouffant caps, paper packaging material, plastics and foils used to store and protect food, shrink film, plastic food containers, liners and many other items now attracting a 25% tariff.

Industrial: Respirators, protective clothing and safety shoes have been impacted.

Medical: Table examination paper, respirators, isolation gowns, protective clothing, surgical towels, and a myriad of other disposable products have attracted a 15% tariff.

Safety: Respirators, protective clothing, coveralls, everything from paint shop respirators to asbestos removal clothing. All have been impacted.

Importers of these products will end up absorbing 5 to 10% of the tariffs but the rest gets passed on to the distributor who in turn is forced to pass it along the consumer. The softening of the Chinese yuan versus the U.S. dollar has partially offset the increased costs associated with the tariffs. Profit margins will get squeezed, cost of goods will increase. We will continue to keep our customers informed as the situation remains very fluid.

In order to keep up with the latest news on tariffs affecting the disposable protection products industry please be sure to visit the Emerald Professional Products website, https://emeraldppp.com.


SOURCE Emerald Professional Protection Products

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