News Room

Statement By Francine Lamoriello, Executive Vice President, Global Strategies Personal Care Products Council on Importance of Honoring Agreement With Mexico

March 25, 2009

Contact:  Kathleen Dezio, 202/454-0302 or Lisa Powers, 202/466-0489

“The Personal Care Products Council urges the U.S. Administration to work with Congress to resolve our differences with Mexico on cross border trucking commitments negotiated under the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).  In particular, the Administration and Congress should seek to immediately eliminate the 15 percent tariffs recently imposed by Mexico on U.S. manufactured products, specifically personal care products. 

“As a global industry, our member companies strongly support free trade and depend on open borders to manufacture, supply, distribute and market a broad array of personal care products that consumers around the world use every day.  Our members include manufacturers of finished products, suppliers of raw materials and the ingredients that go into those products, packaging and other industry services.   

“Mexico’s recently imposed tariffs affect virtually all personal care products including makeup and skincare, manicure and pedicure preparations, shaving-related goods, hair care products, oral care, deodorants and antiperspirants. In 2008, the value of exports to Mexico, the third largest export market for U.S. personal care products behind Canada and the United Kingdom, was more than $300 million. 

“The Council is actively engaged with foreign industry associations, foreign governments, and the U.S. Government to advocate free trade policies and resist technical barriers that would hinder international product development and marketing, and would result in jobs lost at home and abroad.   We encourage a speedy resolution.”

Based in Washington, D.C., the Personal Care Products Council is the leading national trade association representing the $250 billion global cosmetic and personal care products industry. Founded in 1894, the Council's more than 600 member companies manufacture, distribute, and supply the vast majority of finished personal care products marketed in the U.S.  As the makers of a diverse range of products millions of consumers rely on everyday, from sunscreens, toothpaste and shampoo to moisturizer, lipstick and fragrance, personal care products companies are global leaders committed to product safety, quality and innovation.