SIA Advocacy

Championing and amplifying the voice of the entire winter outdoor industry

SIA is here to serve our community and strengthen the voice of the entire winter outdoor industry, while teaching our members how to effectively engage on tariff and trade issues that are critical to the future of the industry.

Thanks for visiting our tariffs and trade advocacy hub, where we have all the information you need all in one place, to better understand the evolving tariffs and trade situation and successfully manage their impacts on your business. Check back often, and please sign up for our tariffs and trade updates newsletter.

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The Tariffs


On May 10, 2018, a tariff increase went into effect on $200 billion in Chinese imports on "List 3." The tariffs apply to products that were shipped after 12:01 ET on Friday, May 10th.

Among the 6,000 products on the list, the winter outdoor-specific products include:

  • Ski gloves (Subheadings 4203.21.55, 4203.21.60)
  • Knit hats (Subheadings 6505.00.50, 6505.00.60)
  • Sports bags (Subheadings 4202.92.31, 4202.92.39, 4202.92.45)


On May 13, 2019, the Trump administration released a new proposed "List 4" tariffs on over $300 billion of Chinese-manufactured goods, that include:

  • Performance outerwear
  • Gloves, mittens
  • Sweaters
  • Safety headgear
  • Footwear
  • Scarves/Shawls
  • Skis & bindings
  • Ski boots
  • Snowshoes
  • Ice skates
  • Toboggans, sleds

December 13, 2019, Phase One Deal Announced. The Administration announced a Phase One tariff agreement between US & China. This agreement cancels the List 4b 15% tariff on additional goods imported from China that were expected to go into effect on December 15, 2019. In addition, the administration announced the Phase One deal would cut some of the tariffs that are already in place. While the items on Lists 1-3 would stay at 25%, the items on List 4A would be reduced from 15% to 7.5%. On January 15, 2020, this deal was signed.

Important Resources: Sandler Travis & Rosenberg


Latest News

Alert: Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Review

The United States Trade Representative had extended 549 exclusions from the Section 301 tariffs, but they have since expired. Now, the USTR has announced a review of those exclusions running until December 1, 2021. The USTR is inviting public comments on the possible reinstatement of certain exclusions that were previously extended. If your company would like to request reinstatement of these product exclusions, please file your comment directly to the USTR portal, via the button below.

The Index of 549 Previously Extended Exclusions can be found here.

"The USTR will evaluate the possible reinstatement of each exclusion on a case-by-case basis. The evaluation will focus on:

  • Whether, despite the imposition of additional duties beginning in September 2018, the particular product remains available only from China.
  • Whether the particular product and/or a comparable product is available from sources in the United States and/or in third countries.
  • Any changes in the global supply chain since September 2018 with respect to the particular product or any other relevant industry developments.
  • The efforts, if any, the importers or U.S. purchasers have undertaken since September 2018 to source the product from the U.S. or third countries.
  • Domestic capacity for producing the product in the United States.
  • In addition, USTR will consider whether or not reinstating the exclusion will impact or result in severe economic harm to the commenter or other U.S. interests, including the impact on small businesses, employment, manufacturing output, and critical supply chains in the United States, as well as the overall impact of the exclusions on the goal of obtaining the elimination of China’s acts, policies, and practices covered in the Section 301 investigation."

Alert: U.S. and E.U. Agree To Allow Resumption of
Duty-Free Imports of European Steel
And Aluminum Into U.S.

November 1, 2021: The USTR and Dept. of Commerce have just announced a deal with the European Union to allow the resumption of duty-free imports of European steel and aluminum into the United States.

The following general principles will guide future U.S.-EU cooperation:

  • Replacement of Section 232 tariffs with tariff-rate quota (TRQ).
  • Agreement to cooperate in trade remedies and customs matters and development of additional actions.
  • Negotiation of global steel and aluminum arrangements that restore market-oriented conditions and address carbon intensity.
  • Lifting of the EU’s retaliatory tariffs and suspension of disputes before panels of the World Trade Organization.
  • Other measures to ensure market-oriented conditions in the EU market.

The joint U.S.-EU statement can be viewed here

The announcement of actions on EU imports can be viewed here

A fact sheet on the deal can be viewed here.


Whether you are a manufacturer or a retailer, It is critically important that you elevate your concerns to your Congresspeople. Some suggestions/key messaging:

  • List the products, categories and/or specific HTS codes (see lists above)
  • These tariffs are instead a tax that put an undue burden on your business and will ultimately be felt hardest by consumers through higher prices
  • State the impacts of a tariff on products to your specific business in the short- and long-term - e.g., reduced sales forecasts, hiring freeze, layoffs, closed business, etc. 
  • Retailers: emphasize the importance of these products to your business and jobs you support in your community
  • Let them know that there is not any US manufacturing option available for your products

Call Your Congresspeople:

Your Congresspeople need to hear from you! Take a moment and make a phone call. Call your specific Congresspeople and also those in states where you have retail partners/offices. See below to find the necessary contact info and download a call script.

Write Your Congresspeople:

Send a letter to your Congresspeople today. Use our sample letter below as a foundation - be as personal and as specific as you can in regards to the impacts to your business. Write your specific Congresspeople and also those in states where you have retail partners/offices. See below to find the necessary contact info and download a draft letter. Use the draft, but please personalize it as much as you can.

Visit Your Congresspeople Locally. Invite The To Your Business:

Your congresspeople have home offices. Contact them and request a meeting. Or better yet, invite them to your business so they can see first hand what will be impacted. See contact information and talking points below.

Tweet Your Congresspeople:

They will see this. Post the attached image and sample copy to your social media feed, and tweet your Senator/Representative.

Sample Tweet:
@yourcongressperson, the winter outdoor industry supports thousands of jobs in our state. The tariffs are taxes, and my business nor my customers can absorb the eventual price increases. As your constituent, please fight these tariffs to protect our local businesses. #TariffsHurt

Speak To The Media. Write An Op-Ed:

Our industry continues to be vocal in the media. Please let us know if you can be available for media interviews or want to write an op-ed. We will provide you with messaging and talking points and draft/place an op-ed for you.

Our Work

On March 18, 2020, SIA joined Americans for Free Trade and 160 trade associations to call on President Trump to suspend tariffs as part of the Administration’s emergency measures to help mitigate economic harm caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

SIA Testified in Washington: June 25, 2020

On Tuesday, June 25, 2020, SIA testified at a hearing at the International Trade Commission on behalf of all of our members. Click here for the full transcript of the testimony. Other winter outdoor sports brands that testified during the two-week hearing schedule include: VF Corp., Head USA, K2 Sports, Krimson Klover, Columbia Sportswear and Burton.


SIA Signs Letter To Administration: December 10, 2019

SIA joined 165 trade associations on a letter to the Trump Administration, urging them reach a Phase One deal with China and take the necessary steps to resolve the ongoing trade dispute.

SIA Members Sign Letter: August 23, 2019

SIA members joined over 661 companies in a letter opposing the tariffs, organized by Americans For Free Trade a coalition of businesses and trade groups that we are part of.

SIA Members Sign Letter: June 13, 2019

SIA members joined over 661 companies in a letter opposing the tariffs, organized by Americans For Free Trade a coalition of businesses and trade groups that we are part of.


"Winter Sports Industry Feels Tariff Chill": Washington Examiner

Read the piece in The Washington Examiner about the tariffs and their impacts on the winter outdoor sports industry, featuring K2 Sports ad The Ute Mountaineer.

Krimson Klover Featured on NPR

SIA member, Krimson Klover testified in Washington and caught up with NPR. Listen to the interview with Krimson Klover's COO, Gail Ross.