Walmart asks cosmetics suppliers whether they can stop getting their products from China

Email sent to beauty suppliers is latest fallout from Donald Trump’s trade war, with company concerned about affect of tariffs

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 18 August, 2018, 9:53am
UPDATED : Friday, 31 August, 2018, 3:36pm

Walmart has asked some beauty suppliers to consider sourcing products from outside China, as it looks for ways to mitigate the impact of a new set of tariffs on Chinese products proposed by the Trump administration.

In an email sent to some beauty suppliers on August 7, the retailer asks whether they have facilities outside China, and if not, whether they would consider investing in them, to broaden their sourcing ability.

Many cosmetics products like shampoos, lipsticks and make-up fall under the most recent list of proposed levies on Chinese goods.

Walmart spokesman Randy Hargrove did not comment on the letter. He directed Reuters to Chief Financial Officer Brett Bigg’s statement on the trade tariff issue when Walmart announced its quarterly results on Thursday.

Biggs said the potential impact of tariffs is difficult to quantify. He also said that one of the mitigation strategies for the retailer is understanding what suppliers’ plans and alternatives are for sourcing.

“We are closely monitoring the tariff discussions and are actively working on mitigation strategies, particularly in light of potentially escalating duties,” he said.