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Chinese Flooring Product Tariffs Expected March 1st. What Does It Mean?

Due to on-going negotiations between the US Government and the Chinese Government, we are expecting a 15% price increase on all products made in China from our suppliers and manufacturers immediately on March 1st. Last Fall, the Trump Administration announced a planned 25% increase overall on Chinese made products into the U.S. We experienced the first 10% increase of that 25% on October 1st. The remaining 15% was originally expected to go into effect January 1st, but was postponed due to progress in negotiations. As of right now, Friday 2/22, we have not heard of that postponement being changed so we are still expecting the 15% increase on any Chinese made goods shipped March 1st or after.

What does this mean?

Many products are made in China or have materials created or processed in China, so the effect on the flooring industry is far reaching. Most vinyl products- COREtec, Syncore X, Aqualok, to name a few are made in China. Several hardwood products including the popular Villa Bocelli lines, and most other Bella Cera woods are manufactured in China, so we expect an increase immediately March 1st. We encourage you to call us if you are serioulsy interested in getting a new floor soon, because we encourage you to order sooner rather than later so that you will be unaffected by this hearty increase in pricing. Most of you are making purchases when you buy flooring into the $1000's of dollars, so 15% on an average order of $3500 takes that number up to $4025, so it is not insignificant.

We hope that the governments can come to terms that do not require this significant cost increase to the American consumer, but the volatility of the situation begs us to educate you on the risks of waiting to purchase. Please let us know if you have any questions. We are here to field your concerns, ranging from the tariff consequences, product selection, choices, pricing, shipping, etc. and we will be NICE about it all, because after all, we are Nice Floors. 1-888-633-6506.

UPDATE 5/14/19: We have received notification from our various distributors and manufacturers their updated pricing plans. For now we know the following:

The following products by Bella Cera need to be ordered by 5/15/19 and ship by 5/17/19 to avoid the 15% increase due to the tariff.

Chambord

Chateau

Churchill

Comfort Series

Harrington

Laredo

Monza

Mountain Lodge

Peachtree

Saratoga Scrapes

Solid Exotics

Solid HS Maple

Villa Bocelli

Villa Borghese

Williamsburg

Zurich

The following products by Armstrong/ Bruce need to be ordered by 5/15/19 and ship by 5/17/19 to avoid the 15% increase due to the tariff.

BRAVO  6  

NATURAL  CREATIONS  CLASSIC  

ELEMENTS  

NATURAL  LIVING  

LUXE      

NATURAL  PERSONALITY  

LUXE  FASTAK  

PARALLEL    

LUXE  RIGID  CORE  

PRYZM  

I-­‐SET  

RIGID  CORE  VANTAGE  

ARTESIAN  HAND  TOOLED  

TIMBERBRUSHED  ENGINEERED  

BRUSHED  IMPRESSIONS  

TIMBERCUTS  ENGINEERED  

CAPELLA  BIRCH  

WOODLAND  RELICS  

RUSTIC  ACCENTS      

The following products need to be ordered by 5/15/19 and ship by 5/17/19 to avoid the 15% increase due to the tariff.

Aqualok

Metroflor

Mullican Mount Castle

The following products must be ordered by 5/21 in order to ship by 5/23 from Shaw Floors to avoid their 8% increase due to the tariff.

ALL US FLOORS CORETEC

 

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/21/business/economy/china-us-trade-talks.html

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