This week, National Marine Manufacturers Association Senior Vice President of Government Relations and Legal Affairs Nicole Vasilaros will join NMMA members Magic Tilt Trailers and Sea Eagle Boats in testifying at a U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) hearing regarding the administration's proposed 10 to 25 percent tariff on $200 billion in Chinese products.
While USTR is no longer accepting requests to testify, written comments can be submitted until Thursday, Sept. 6, and NMMA is encouraging all affected members to raise their concerns.
A full list of items is being targeted by this round of Section 301 tariffs, including boats, marine parts, and trailer tires.
“From tariffs on raw materials and components, to retaliatory tariffs that have frozen international markets for U.S. marine exports, the recreational boating industry continues to bear the brunt of the administration’s trade policies. China is now the fourth country to retaliate against U.S. boats, joining Canada, Mexico, and the European Union – three markets that make up 70 percent of U.S. marine exports,” Vasilaros stated in her written testimony.
She added: “Compounding tariffs have led to the cancelation of millions of dollars of orders for new boats being built in American factories by American workers, resulting in employment changes, canceled expansion plans, and halted growth.”
NMMA and its members are continuing to express strong concerns about this issue, especially in the media.
Over the past few months, NMMA members have garnered nearly 350 media stories, reaching 35 million people in 31 states.