Anti-Dumping Tax Law
Many luxury candles sold in the U.S. are made outside of the U.S. In other countries where regulation standards may not be as high as they are in the U.S. For example, have you ever seen a luxury candle being sold in a bargain store? That’s because many foreign companies that produce candles sell them to distributors that turn around and market the product at low-end and high-end prices. The quality of the candle is the same, but it’s sold at two different price points, confusing the consumer.
To help fix this problem, years ago, the National Candle Association (NCA) lobbied for an anti-dumping law. This law would prevent foreign candle manufacturers from shipping tons of low-quality candles and waxes into the U.S. and flooding the American candle market. These laws date back to the 1970s, when candle dumping first started and drove many U.S. candlemakers out of business. Since then, the law has been revised and different provisions have been added yet foreign manufacturers continue to find a way.
The anti-dumping law is specifically a tariff placed on candle imports from China. The price of the tariff has risen almost 50% since its inception in the 1970s. The NCA hopes the tariff will continue to protect U.S. candlemakers and their distributors. However, there is a loophole. Currently, the tariff only applies to candles made from paraffin wax. This leaves room for beeswax and candles made from soy and/or other waxes. That means you will continue to find foreign, mass manufactured candles in the isles of your favorite big-box stores, even when those big-box stores aren't so keenly aware of the origin of the product.
As the problem continues, many online distributors are also marketing and selling "luxury candles" at low prices, to the unknowing buyer, marketing them as the same as truly high-end candles. All of this information can be really confusing to the consumer that just wants to buy nice, high-quality candles.
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