Houston importers react to proposed Trump trade policies

The Port of Houston is one the busiest in the world. It hopes a Trump presidency brings smooth sailing.

HOUSTON - The Port of Houston is one the busiest in the world.

It hopes a Donald Trump presidency brings smooth sailing.

So do local importers who say consumers will also pay a price for any drastic change.

“We are, I would say, curious to see what happens,” said Botanica Wholesale Florist GM Robert Lozada.

His business imports flowers from all over the world.

“You have Peru, you have Ecuador, you have Holland, you have Japan, you have New Zealand,” Lozada said.

Trump has suggested adding a 35 percent tariff on goods from Mexico alone.

Right now, Lozada says there’s a 6 percent tariff on Ecuadorian roses.

“The worst-case scenario is that we’re going to have to pay more taxes as far as any of the items that are imported into the United States,” Lozada said.

Trade deals president-elect Trump has promised to rip up directly impact importers like Botanica.

They also impact the tons of other goods brought in and out of Houston every day by land, sea, and air.

Lozada says nipping certain agreements in the bud would also end of boosting costs for consumers.

“It is going to be interesting to see what’s going to happen,” Lozada said.

There’s no official comment from the Port of Houston. A spokesperson said it’s in a “wait and see” stance right now.

Meanwhile, several other importers with whom KHOU spoke shared Lozada’s concerns.

(© 2016 KHOU)


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