It has been an intense few weeks in the recreational boating industry. The National Marine Manufacturers Association advocacy staff on both sides of the border have been working around-the-clock to communicate to both the U.S. and Canadian governments that tariffs between the two countries do nothing to protect jobs or economies.
On Sunday, July 1, the Government of Canada began implementing its counter-retaliatory tariffs against U.S. products entering Canada, which includes a 10 percent tariff on recreational boats entering Canada from the United States.
NMMA has released numerous statements and spoken with many media outlets including the CBC, Globe & Mail and New York Times in Canada as well as the Wall Street Journal, Associated Press and BBC News in the U.S. to name just a few.
"All of our collective advocacy and media relations efforts, in addition to advocacy conducted by manufacturers, dealers, marine trade associations, and other stakeholders, helped ensure our voice was heard by the Canadian government," said NMMA Canada President Sara Anghel.
Unfortunately, the trade war is bigger than the recreational boating industry, Anghel said. The Government of Canada feels it must hit the U.S. hard in the hopes that President Donald Trump will back down on aluminum and steel tariffs. "NMMA and our MTA partners will not stop fighting this cause," she added.
NMMA Canada will return to Ottawa to request a grace period for boats and will ask for compensation for Canadian businesses, Anghel said.
For more information on the Canadian tariffs please contact Anghel at email@example.com.
NMMA's Senior Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Nicole Vasilaros is also a resource at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please visit NMMA's trade center on nmma.org for fact sheets, a webinar and more.