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2019 Tariffs

As you know, on Friday, May 10, 2019 the United States Government implemented a 25% tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imported goods.  Several of our suppliers have reached out to us over the last few weeks letting us know they will be increasing prices due to this third wave of tariffs.  

For an updated listing of those suppliers who have notified us along with their imposed effective date, our approved effective date if applicable and the details of the price increase (increase percentage along with product(s) affected), please see below.  As of last week, two additional suppliers have sent us tariff related price increase letters.  We now have a total of 19 suppliers being affected by the tariff.

In addition to this latest tariff, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has announced plans for another round of tariffs on an additional $300B worth of Chinese goods coming into the United States.  The USTR committee will be holding a public hearing on June 17, 2019 followed by a week for comments.  The earliest the new tariff could be set in place would be June 24, 2019.  The new list of products proposed will exclude pharmaceuticals, certain medical goods, rare earth materials and critical minerals.  Currently only ACCO Brands has reached out to us for an intent to increase pricing if this next wave of tariffs goes into effect.

As of last night, President Trump announced the United States will impose a 5% tariff on all goods coming in from Mexico effective June 10, 2019.  The White House noted that the tariff would increase by 5% each month until it reaches 25% in October.  We are unaware at this time how many of our suppliers will be affected. We will continue to update this post so that we can all prepare for what is to come.

Supplier Names / Pricing Details / Supplier Imposed Eff Date:

  • Acco Brands

    • Increase % is TBD (more information to come)

    • Supplier Imposed Eff Date:  08/11/2019

    • Acco Brands includes Swingline, GBC, Quartet, Wilson Jones, Mead, At-A-Glance and more

    • Acco Brands/GBC - 10/1/2019 - Has notified us of an intent to increase prices due to the next wave of tariffs on an additional $300B worth of Chinese goods.

  • Acme United Corporation:

  • Advantus

    • Price increases range from 5.2 % to 9.29%

    •  July 1, 2019

  • Amax

    • 9.5% increase on all affected items (ACI, BOS)

    • August 1, 2019

  • Baumgartens

    • 17% increase on affected items  

    • July 1, 2019

  • Boss Office Products

    • 9.5 % increase on all affected items

    •  July 1, 2019

  • Bush Industries Inc.

    • Increase of 7% on all import products

    • Date: 6/6/2019

  • Eco-Products, Inc.

    • 12% increase on all Molded Fiber bagasse, wheat straw and bamboo blended items

    • 12% increase on all Compostable Plastic Bags

    • Date: 06/1/2019

  • Elmer's Products Inc.

    • 18% increase on Elmer's Glue Sticks and X-ACTO Knives & Cutting Tools

    • 10% increase on Elmer's Pourable Glue

    • Date: 06/1/2019

  • Eurotech

    • 5% tariff surcharge
    • June 15, 2019
  • Fellowes

    • 10% average price increase on Shredders

    • 9% average price increase on Workspace Management

    • 8% increase on Binding Covers

    • July 1, 2019

  • Hon

    • 1.9 % average increase on HON and Sadie brands

    • June 1, 2019

  • OFM Furniture

    • 9% increase

    • Date: 06/11/2019

  • Rubbermaid Commercial Products

    • 15% increase on all affected finished goods

    • 4% increase on all goods with affected components.

  • Safco Products Company

    • 7.3% increase on all imported goods affected by the tariff and 2.3 % increase on domestic and non-China imported products due to increases in on imported materials, parts and components

    • June 3, 2019

  • Samsill

    • 9% increase

    • July 1, 2019

  • Satco Products Inc.

    • Satco will announce new pricing on 6/3/2019 only if the tariffs is not rescinded by this time.

  • Tops

    • 15% increase

    • July 1, 2019

  • Victor Technology

    • 0 - 11.5% increase on select Sharp Calculators

    • 0 - 10% increase on select Victor products

    • 0 - 10% increase on select Rapesco products

    • Date: 07/01/2019


We appreciate your understanding and patience during this critical time.
Economy Office Supply Co.

Update: May 31, 2019





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