HARDI Cosigns Letter Oposing Tariff Hikes

July 17, 2018
Letter cosigned by HVAC/plumbing industry groups has been sent to American, Canadian officials.

COLUMBUS, Ohio, July 11, 2018Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) has cosigned a letter submitted today to Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, United States Ambassador to Canada Kelly Craft, and Ambassador of Canada to the United States David MacNaughton on the effects of recent tariffs placed on American and Canadian steel and aluminum products.

The letter expressed clear opposition to the tariffs from the undersigned organizations, which included HARDI, the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI), the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI), the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI).

HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry. HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies.

"Our members often require materials that can only be sourced from trading partners in Canada or the United States," the letter states. "This trading relationship has, understandably, developed out of our existing rules- based trade agreement and provides the best products and services to consumers in the most efficient manner possible. These new tariffs will disrupt existing trade partnerships and increase prices by 10 to 25 percent. Price increases will impact thousands of suppliers and countless families in Canada and the United States."

In order to highlight the projected impact on costs, the letter also referenced a specific tariff provision levied by Canada on water heaters that may add a 10% additional cost on non-electric options, create an artificial incentive for fuel switching, pose problems for regulated utilities and restrict consumer choice.

“HARDI has been closely tracking the recent tariffs on steel and aluminum and the effects of these tariffs on our members," said HARDI Director of Government Affairs Alex Ayers. "The inclusion of Canadian steel and aluminum is having an impact on the prices of projects across the country and has triggered retaliatory tariffs by one of our strongest trading partners. We are very interested in joining with the HVACR supply chain in Canada and the United States to support a resolution to this growing trade dispute.”

A downloadable version of the full letter can be found below.