Mount Vernon Mills Petition

Updated: 7/26/2013 6:41 pm

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Mount Vernon Mills Petition

One local company is spearheading a campaign to stop trade agreements between the U.S. and China. Mount Vernon Mills, a textile company in Cuero, is fired up about possible trade agreements with China, because China is trying to import textile goods into the United States without having any type of regulation, and duty free. This could threaten textile jobs in Cuero and in the Crossroads.

The Trans Pacific Partnership allows countries to import and export into the United States duty free. Despite the tax free benefit, partnering countries still must pay tariffs and follow regulations. Currently China, a non-partnering country, is trying to find a way to import their textile goods into the us duty free while remaining independent from the TTP meaning they won't have to follow their rules. If this happens, local textile companies like Mount Vernon Mill could take a huge hit.

Sophia Proctor with Mount Vernon in Cuero said the possible agreement just doesn't make sense. If the United States agrees to open a back door for Chinese goods it's a win-win situation for China but no one else. Supporters said it's a way control China's monopoly but Proctor further explained that our economy will lose money and it could minimize and potentially outsource textile jobs. However, textile companies across the U.S. are fighting back. Mount Vernon Mills is spear heading a local campaign to stop the potential trade agreement. So far they have gotten a couple hundred signatures but Proctors said they need your help before Congress makes their decision at the end of the year.

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