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Nike, Adidas and others call on Trump to remove footwear from tariff list

May 21, 2019


The letter from the footwear industry acknowledged one piece of advice often given to companies facing tariff pressure: just move. Companies have already started moving to other Southeast Asian countries like Vietnam where Adidas has up to 44% of its shoe production. Nike’s China operation has slowed down in recent years with the country making 32% of the company’s shoes in 2012 down to 19% in 2017, according to GQ.

But avoiding tariffs isn’t as simple as just continuing down this road, the letter said.

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