Marine equipment agreement signed between US and EU

WASHINGTON – The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) will support the Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) on marine equipment recently signed between the United States and the European Union, an NMMA statement said this morning.

The agreement will allow for standards-qualifying equipment from one market to be sold in the other without additional testing or certification. It includes 30 types of marine equipment such as navigational, fire protection, and life saving devices, the NMMA said.

“NMMA applauds the signing of this MRA between the United States and the European Union,” said Monita Fontaine, vice president of government relations for NMMA. “This agreement will bring an economic boost in the marine equipment sector that already accounts for over $1 billion in trade between the US and EU. It will also help break down barriers of regulatory constraints and facilitate better marine safety on both sides of the Atlantic.”

In the coming months, NMMA said it would appeal to U.S. Trade Representative Robert B. Zoellick, EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy, and Irish Ambassador Noel Fahey to expand the scope of marine equipment to bring further economic and safety benefits to both parties.

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