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International boating community urges trade officials to remove tariffs

boating tariffs

NMMA, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), and the European Boating Industry (EBI) sent a letter to the United States (U.S.) and European Union (EU) trade officials applauding their recent progress on trade negotiations and urging them to reach an agreement that removes the EU’s 25% tariff on U.S. manufactured boats. “Since 2018, the United States’ worldwide steel and aluminum ...

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NMRA Mel Barr Award goes to George Bellwoar

Mel Barr Award Winner

The National Marine Representatives Association (NMRA) presented its 2020 Mel Barr Award to George Bellwoar, Perko Incorporated vice-president of sales and marketing. Named in the memory of marine rep Mel Barr, one of the founders of NMRA and its first president, the award recognizes an individual who has contributed to the improvement of the marine industry. Bellwoar understands the importance ...

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Wholesale boat shipments and new boat retail sales climb again

Boat sales climb again

New data from the NMMA show wholesale shipments of new boats increased for the third consecutive month in July, doubling compared to June on a seasonally adjusted basis, as boat building production continued to gain momentum across all boat categories.  “Manufacturing has steadily been ramping back up with production at 92% of where it was last year as manufacturers continued filling back ...

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Bipartisan legislation to protect small businesses from natural disasters


U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Angus King (ME-I), Ben Cardin (D-MD), John Kennedy (R-LA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Joni Ernst (R-IA) introduced the Providing Resources for Emergency Preparedness and Resilient Enterprises (PREPARE) Act. This bipartisan legislation, which matches companion legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, would allow the Small Business Administration to make low-interest, fixed rate ...

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BoatPAC to host presidential debate virtual watch party

Made in America event

On Tuesday, September 29, BoatPAC — the joint federal political action committee of the MRAA and the NMMA — will host a virtual watch party for the first presidential debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The event begins at 8:30 p.m. ET and will be headlined by MRAA president, Matt Gruhn and NMMA president, Frank ...

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Kris Carroll inducted into NMMA Hall of Fame

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) recently announced the induction of Kris Carroll, president of Grady-White Boats, into the NMMA Hall of Fame. Carroll will be presented with the 2020 NMMA Hall of Fame Award – the Association’s highest honor – during the Opening Session of the 2020 IBEX Online: A Virtual Experience (pre-registration required to attend) on September 29 at 10:30a.m. EST.  “I’m humbled ...

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President Trump commits to expanding E15

Last weekend, President Donald Trump promised to loosen a restriction on the sale of higher-ethanol fuel blends like E15, which drew strong objections from the recreational boating community. Once final, the policy change would allow E15 to be dispensed from pumps made for lower-biofuel blends, including E10. In response, NMMA urged the administration to reverse its decision. According to NMMA, ...

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Marine CEOs more optimistic

Marine CEOs optimistic

NMMA’s Q2 2020 Marine CEO Sentiment Report, a quarterly survey to assess the state and needs of U.S. recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturing businesses, shows marine CEO sentiment has improved considerably since the onset of the pandemic. “Marine CEO sentiment was much more optimistic in Q2, returning to levels pre-pandemic, bolstered by record new boat sales this summer,” said ...

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NMMA presents to Minnesota Outdoor Recreation Task Force

Earlier this year, Minnesota created an Outdoor Recreation Task Force under the joint direction of Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Explore Minnesota. The Task Force is charged with developing a set of recommendations for the Minnesota DNR and Explore Minnesota on how to more effectively coordinate and advance outdoor recreation work statewide. Members of the Task Force represent a broad ...

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State by State advocacy – August 2020 Northeast Recap

NMMA Advocacy Series

With August 2020 drawing to a close, NMMA is providing its monthly recap of advocacy activity at the state level. First up is the Northeast region, followed by updates from the West, South and Midwest/Great Lakes regions in the days ahead. Business Liability: As businesses deal with the ramifications of the COVID-19 pandemic, outdated business liability rules have come to ...

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