China Tariffs: Take Action Now!

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On Friday, May 10th a tariff increase went into effect on $200 billion in Chinese imports on "List 3," raising the tariffs from 10% to 25%. 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 snowsports-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 Monday, May 13th, the Trump administration released a new "List 4" of 25% tariffs on over $300 billion of Chinese goods, that include: performance outerwear, gloves, shirts, sweaters, headwear, footwear and ski boots. The entire "List 4" can be viewed HERE.

Here is a statement from SIA's Nick Sargent:

“We know that increased tariffs will lead to higher prices, passed from manufacturers to retailers, and ultimately to consumers. This is not a pro-growth strategy.  Snowsports Industries America (SIA) feels strongly that if these tariffs are enacted, we’ll see our local retail businesses suffer the most so we strongly urge the Administration to continue discussions to avoid this reactive and dangerous approach,” Nick Sargent, President, SIA

This is a fluid situation and we will continue to keep you updated. In the meantime, if you have any questions please let us know HERE.   

We Need Your Help. Here's What You Can Do:

It is critically important that the snow sports community elevate our concerns to our Congresspeople, to let them know what the impacts are of the tariffs to our industry, and to your specific business. Contacting Republican members of Congress is especially important.

Hearing from you will give them the support they need to fight these directly with the Administration. Our goal is to defeat the tariffs or exclude our industry's products from the lists.

Below, we've outlined a number of different ways to do that. Please take part in as many as you can.

1. Call Your Congresspeople:

Your Congresspeople need to hear from you!  Take a moment and make a phone call. It's an easy conversation to have with an aide whose job it is to listen to constituents and pass the information to the Congressperson. See below to find the necessary contact info and download a call script.

2. 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. 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.

3. Visit Your Congresspeople At Their Local Office:

Your congresspeople have home offices. Contact them and request a meeting. As a local business, your concern as a local business is a powerful message. See contact information and talking points below.

4. Visit Your Congresspeople In Washington:

We will be taking a delegation from the snow sports industry to Washington to meet lawmakers and speak at an open hearing at the USTR. They will want to hear from us in person. Please let us know if you would like us to keep you updated as our plans develop.

5. Tweet Your Congresspeople

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

Sample Tweet:
@yourcongressperson, the snowsports 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

6. Be Available For The Media & Op-Eds

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.

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