The dry cleaning industry has been dealing with a problematic situation since this summer which now may become permanent in January. The Obama administration recently enacted a duties of 187 percent on wire hanger imports from Vietnam, one of the leading wire hanger exporters in the world. This has increased the cost of wire hangers for dry cleaners. It couldn’t come at a worse time when economic conditions have led to consumers cutting back on dry cleaning and the increased cost of chemicals and other raw materials. Vietnamese suppliers have responded by shifting production to other countries, increasing costs for U.S. buyers but protecting them from the trade sanctions.
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