"As an industry that faces a $3 billion duty bill every year, we can assure you that any increase in the cost of importing shoes has a direct impact on the American footwear consumer", the companies said.
Trump said in an interview aired on Sunday that his tariffs on Chinese goods are causing companies to move manufacturing out of China to Vietnam and other Asian countries, and added that any agreement to end a trade war with China can not be a "50-50" deal. The company said it sources 15 percent of its apparel and footwear from China, with less than 10 percent going to the USA market.
"We don't know what this agreement is the United States is talking about", Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in comments to reporters.
The reason the last round of China-US talks did not reach an agreement is that the US tried "to achieve unreasonable interests through extreme pressure", Lu said.
The US restrictions on Huawei began to bite hard on Monday.
The Trump administration added footwear last Monday to a proposed list of additional tariffs.
The industry as a whole has been moving away from manufacturing in China, but changing sourcing requires years of planning, and "companies can not simply move factories to adjust to these changes", the brands said in the letter.
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Adding to US-China tensions, the US military said one of its warships sailed on Sunday near the disputed Scarborough Shoal, which is in the South China Sea and which is claimed by China.
Trudeau says slapping import taxes on billions of dollars' worth of American products got governors and state representatives to push their federal government to get the talks done and the trade dispute ended. "It is time to bring this trade war to an end".
The official China Daily newspaper said in an editorial that the U.S. government had "revealed all its ugliness" in the restrictions on Huawei.
"While the USA spares no efforts to subdue Huawei, out of personal belief, I chose to support the well respected company by using its product", Hu Xijin tweeted.
The consumer sector was expected to take a hit with the tariff changes since the majority of its business involves China.
The US and China are set to meet again to discuss trade at the G20 summit in Japan next month.