New Tariff Impact on the Exhibit Industry

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How Will This Tariff Impact Exhibitors?

The recent tariffs on Chinese goods and an increasingly volatile American market have many of us wondering how our trade show budgets will be impacted by these changes. A recent CNBC article noted, “In response to the $200 Billion in Tariffs President Donald Trump has put into play with the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, China said it will retaliate against the latest round of tariffs, with the announcement that there will be a 25 percent charge on $16 billion worth of U.S. goods… ”

For those of you who have been exhibiting and working with exhibit houses for a substantial amount of time, you likely already know that many of the manufactured pop-up displays and modular systems are actually manufactured in China. With the new tariffs in place, imported products, as well as some non-imported printing materials, will be affected. That means, for most exhibit houses and some specialty banner print vendors, they will have to pass these new cost increases onto their customers.

We’ve had numerous inquiries from marketing teams we work with, asking if our fees will go up like many of our competitors.

The short answer is a definitive NO.

New tariff impact on the exhibit industry

At Art & Display, our designers, craftsmen and custom fabricators can make just about anything from scratch, right here in the United States. There is a two-for-one feel-good factor here; one is your brand is sure to stand out with a custom design, and two is you’ll be working with an exhibit house that truly supports great engineering right here at home.

If you are looking for a unique custom exhibit that breaths new life into your brand at your next show, let’s schedule some time to discuss!

About Art & Display

Founded in 1999, headquartered in Santa Cruz, CA, Art & Display is a trade show and display design company. Their custom designs have been sought out by organizations such as NASA, Samsung, Google, and Tibco just to name a few. Their team of highly creative, seasoned experts show off their talents by building dynamic, inspired displays that show off their client brands in extraordinary ways.