Trade Associations

U.S. and UK to discuss retaliatory tariffs on American boats

United States Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, Trade Representative Katherine Tai and United Kingdom (UK) counterpart, Secretary of State for International Trade Anne-Marie Trevelyan, announced the parties would enter bicameral discussions to address the UK’s retaliatory tariff imposed on U.S. goods entering the UK, including American-made boats.  Following the successful negotiations last year between the European Union (EU) and U.S., ...

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Indiana wakesurfing bill supported by watersports industry advances

Indiana’s Senate Bill 187 (SB 187), introduced by Senator Susan Glick (R-13), passed in the Indiana Senate with a vote of 40-6. SB 187 has the broad support of the recreational boating industry, including the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), Water Sports Industry Association (WSIA), and the Marine Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA). SB187 is sensible legislation that will establish ...

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Bipartisan infrastructure law to provide for western water projects

The U.S. Department of the Interior announced that western communities vulnerable to drought will receive $1 billion over the next five years through funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed into law last November.  The funding was earmarked by Congress for water projects and will provide $550 million for water reclamation and reuse projects and $250 million for ...

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Minneapolis Boat Show kicks off today, names Innovation Award winners

NMMA kicks off its winter boat show season with the Progressive Insurance Minneapolis Boat Show opening today at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and running through Sunday, Jan. 23. The region’s longest-running boat show – celebrating its 49th year – showcases the latest boat models, marine technology and accessory debuts.To attract attendees of all ages and skill levels and engage the wave of ...

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ABYC sets new dates for Marine Law Symposium, annual meeting

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has confirmed new dates for the 2022 Marine Law Symposium and ABYC’s annual meeting, following a postponement due to mounting public health concerns. ABYC’s annual meeting will be held virtually Feb. 8, 2022, and the Marine Law Symposium will take place April 6 in Providence, Rhode Island. “The decision to postpone wasn’t easy, but ...

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MRAA Dealer Certification program launches 2022 education

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The Marine Industry Certified Dealership program has released its 2022 Continuous Certification curriculum. For 2022, Certified Dealers will be earning credits for four courses. The first, launched January 12, is “The Key Performance Indicators of a Profitable Dealership” by Bob Clements and Sara Hey of Bob Clements International. The second course, coming in April, is “The Five Red Flags that ...

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Congress considers priorities for Water Resources Development Act

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Congress called on Biden administration officials overseeing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) to inform the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure committee and U.S Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works on the administration’s priorities for this year’s Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 2022 reauthorization as well as implementation of WRDA 2020. WRDA sets federal water resources infrastructure policy and ...

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MRAA donates $100,000 for workforce development

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The Marine Retailers Association of the Americas, as part of its ongoing effort to fuel solutions for the marine industry’s top challenge — workforce shortages — donated $100,000 to the MRAA Educational Foundation, a 501-c-3 nonprofit organization with a mission to provide education, scholarships and programs to develop a stronger marine industry workforce. When the association battled through a significant ...

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Industry voices support for Indiana wakesurfing bill

The Indiana General Assembly, which opened its 2022 session the first week of the new year, is considering legislation (HB 1055, SB 187) which would establish commonsense guidelines for individuals and boats that engage in wakeboarding and wakesurfing. Both bills would keep Indiana’s waters safe for Hoosiers while protecting fair access to Indiana’s great waters and ensuring the safety of ...

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ABYC announces updates to 2022 Standards Week

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The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) announced updates to its annual Standards Week event, originally scheduled to be hosted in Charleston, South Carolina. Project Technical Committee (PTC) meetings have moved to a virtual format this week, Jan. 10-14, 2022, while ABYC’s annual membership meeting and Marine Law Symposium will occur later this year. The association is currently exploring venues ...

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