Trade Associations

New NAFTA starts July 1

New USMCA takes effect

With the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entering into force on Wednesday, July 1, 2020, NMMA is reminding members to review changes that pertain to the recreational boating industry. Members are also encouraged to read NMMA’s fact sheet on USMCA for a refresh of the main components of the agreement. Under USMCA, there are no changes to the rules of origin for ...

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NMMA recaps recent advocacy efforts

In the 10 weeks between March and early June, governors issued nearly 2,000 emergency orders, proclamations, and directives related to the COVID-19 crisis among additional issues. As states continue to relax stay-at-home orders, the NMMA advocacy team said it continues to monitor re-opening plans across the county as well as the impact on boating access, manufacturing, retail and large public ...

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MIASF elects new board members

The Marine Industries Association of South Florida (MIASF) held its annual meeting virtually on June 24 using the Zoom platform. With both live and videotaped portions of the event emceed by former Denver Bronco’s running back, broadcaster, and author, Reggie Rivers, the association’s first virtual annual meeting was followed by an online after party with live music and open chat room. ...

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NMMA and MRAA release new COVID-19 resource

NMMA and MRRA release COVID-19 resource

MRAA and NMMA have partnered to release a new state retail reopening tracking document, which serves as a quick guide to retail guidelines by state. This new resource will be updated weekly and include the current phase for the state, what the parameters are for expanding businesses and where you can read the guidelines for retail operations. The latest document ...

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BoatUS Foundation: Don’t have your own fireworks show

Congress advances boating safety measure

Celebrating America’s birthday, thousands of boaters are expected to hit the water Fourth of July holiday weekend, recreational boating’s traditional busiest time of the year. The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water has a few boating safety reminders. While boaters will need to follow social distancing guidelines, that’s not the only COVID-19 concern, according to the Foundation. While ...

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NOAA recruiting candidates for advisory council

Mallows Bay map

NOAA is seeking applicants to fill the 15 seats of the new Mallows Bay-Potomac River National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council. The Sanctuary Advisory Council will provide advice to NOAA that supports the management plan. Members will serve as liaisons to a broad coalition of community organizations to facilitate communication and engagement. Council meetings will be open to the public and ...

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Clean Vessels Act program receives funding

Clean Vessel Act

The Clean Vessels Act program has received $32.8 million in grants – with an additional non-federal match of $21.9 million – for states and communities to support outdoor recreation and help boaters keep America’s waters clean. The funding comes from the CVA program and the Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) program which provide monies to communities to build and maintain facilities ...

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Nominations for 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award due July 15

NMMA Hall of Fame Award logo

Just a reminder that nominations are being accepted for the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award through July 15. The award will be presented at the IBEX Industry Breakfast in Tampa, FL, and honors those who have generated or continue to make substantial and lasting contributions toward the advancement of the marine industry. It recognizes marine leaders whose names and ...

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Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate passed the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) by a bipartisan vote of 73-25. “Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and increased uncertainty as the country continues the process of reopening, it is encouraging to see our nation’s policymakers coming together and prioritizing legislation that ensures both local economies and families can reap the benefits of outdoor recreation activities ...

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NMMA: Manufacturing picks up in May, PWC sales surge

New data from the NMMA shows a pickup in manufacturing activity in May with seasonally adjusted wholesale shipments of outboard engines, PWCs, wake sport boats, and jet boats seeing increases ranging from 19% to 160% compared to April when business productivity was halted due to the pandemic. Data also shows an unprecedented increase in personal watercraft (PWC) seasonally adjusted sales ...

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