The business groups arguing against further sanctions include the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, several tech groups and trade associations that represent retailers, agriculture, telecommunications, clothing and the auto parts industry, among others.
Several large USA retail companies, including Wal-Mart Inc, Target Corp, Best Buy Co Inc and Macy's Inc, on Monday sent President Donald Trump a letter urging him not to impose massive tariffs on goods imported from China.
Retailers and shoemakers continued to sound alarms on Monday about their concerns that President Donald Trump's plan to impose sweeping tariffs on imported goods from China will result in higher consumer prices.
EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Monday that "the EU should be excluded as a whole" and that she would convey this message to US representatives in talks in Washington on Tuesday.
"We urge the Administration not to impose tariffs", the letter said, "and to work with the business community to find an effective, but measured, solution to China's protectionist trade policies and practices that protects American jobs and competitiveness". The business groups said while they had serious concerns about China's approach to trade, unilateral tariffs by the United States would only separate the country from allies, and encourage them to replace the U.S. business presence in China when Beijing retaliates.
Trump signed an order under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 March 8 to impose a 25 percent tariff on imported steel and a 10 percent tariff on aluminum.
Peter Navarro, a senior White House advisor on trade, said Thursday that the president would soon consider fresh punitive measures against Beijing over its "theft" of United States intellectual property.
The Trump administration's decision on tariffs may come in the next few weeks, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The U.S. Department of Commerce has started accepting the domestic industry's product exclusion requests from the recently announced tariffs on steel and aluminum imports on Monday, according to a rule published by the department.
Reuters reported last week that the Trump administration was considering punitive tariffs on some US$60 billion worth of Chinese information technology, telecoms and consumer products annually.
"We support holding our trading partners accountable and using targeted trade remedies against intellectual property theft, illegal dumping or subsidies, and other proven trade violations", the signers said.
Chinese officials have warned they are likely to retaliate in kind.