(Reuters) – The White House’s top trade advisor denied on Tuesday that the Trump administration was considering a three-month deferral of tariff payments on imported goods to ease the pain of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during the coronavirus response daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S., March 19, 2020. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Industry groups representing domestic manufacturers and labor unions said that some U.S. corporate interests were seeking to persuade the administration and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency to enact a deferral.
Americans for a Prosperous America wrote in a letter to CBP Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan of its “deepest concern with the latest information that your agency is providing deferred duties on imports and is considering allowing a 90-day deferral for all duties.”
The group, chaired by former Nucor Corp CEO Dan Dimicco, a former…