Congress is contemplating prohibiting the selling of Chinese goods in commissaries and exchanges.
The legislation would restrict the selling of Chinese-made items in commissaries and exchanges. Rep. Salud Carbajal asserts that at least half of the items offered at deals, if not more, are produced in China. The ban would only impact military shops, not those in the general sector. According to industry data, a spokesperson adds that it would undoubtedly affect 80 to 90 percent of all retail products sold. Exchanges “would suffer a 50% reduction in direct retail sales alone for these forbidden goods,” according to the president of Navy Exchanges.
Occasionally, there are no viable alternatives to Chinese-made items. The absence of other options might result in removing whole product categories from the shelves. Rep. Kai Kahele (D-Hawaii) and others have said that they favor the notion of purchasing American goods but are worried about the effect on retailers. Navy Exchanges attempt to give military personnel and their families’ excellent products and services at a discount. The whole House must now discuss the idea as part of the authorization measure for 2023.
The restriction would affect all things sold at Navy Exchanges, including apparel, footwear, and baby supplies. The House and Senate had anticipated approving their respective authorization bill versions within the next month.