"We're having some serious problems with this tariffs situation," said Rick Helfenbein, president and CEO at the American Apparel and Footwear Association.
"This is disruptive to our supply chains, this is hurtful to our business," he added.
Helfenbein was speaking on the back of a new round of U.S. tariffs on $16 billion worth of Chinese imports, which kicked in on Thursday, prompting Beijing to retaliate with its own levies on American goods worth the same amount.
The apparel and footwear industry will be hard hit by the tariffs because 41 percent of all apparel, 72 percent of all footwear and 84 percent of all accessories imported into the U.S. come from China, said Helfenbein.
There are limited sourcing options as most products come from China, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India and Indonesia, he said.