The National Retail Federation issued the following statement from Senior Vice President for Government Relations David French after the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released a list of $200 billion of Chinese imports to be subject to new tariffs.
“The latest list of $200 billion of products to be subject to tariffs against China doubles down on a reckless strategy that will boomerang back to harm U.S. families and workers. The threat to the U.S. economy is less about a question of ‘if’ and more about ‘when’ and ‘how bad.’ Tariffs on such a broad scope of products make it inconceivable that American consumers will dodge this tax increase as prices of everyday products will be forced to rise. And the retaliation that will follow will destroy thousands of U.S. jobs and hurt farmers, local businesses and entire communities.
“The administration has been pursuing tariffs now for months and we still don’t know what the endgame is. Now is the time to get back to the negotiating table with China while working through a global coalition that shares our concerns. The way things are shaping up, it may be too late, but we hope the administration changes course before we lose the momentum from tax and regulatory reform and return to an era of high prices, job loss and negative growth in our economy.”
Other amenities available to CFI experienced drivers include competitive health benefits, a 401(k)-retirement plan with company match, a pet-companion policy, free passenger passes, paid parking, a destination ownership program, a referral program, reimbursement for showers and rewards for safety performance.
The company also provides tuition reimbursement or tuition assistance for new drivers learning the trade, and operates a driver-finishing program for those entering the business with minimal driving experience. CFI also actively recruits U.S. military veterans, enrolling them in specialized veteran-focused driver orientation and training.
With modern equipment, CFI operates one of the industry’s youngest fleets, posting an average tractor age of just under two years. CFI is continuing to refresh its fleet with 600 new Kenworth T-680 over-the-road tractors in the company’s signature “Viper Red” color.
All these programs and investments, supported by a family-friendly culture, reinforce CFI’s goal to be the driver-preferred truckload carrier in the industry. “Professional truckload drivers provide an invaluable service that underpins the growth and prosperity of our economy,” Orr said. “We recognize this and focus on helping our drivers enjoy a compensation package that’s among the industry’s best, and a work environment that supports the best possible quality of life for drivers and their families.” CFI is known for driver loyalty with over 600 current drivers past the one million mile mark.