Take Action On The Tariffs
UPDATED: This week, the Trump Administration approved tariffs on $200 billion worth of US imports from China. The list of proposed products will face a 10% tariff (increasing to 25% on January 1, 2019). Among the 6,000 products on the list, the snowsports-specific products include: sports bags, knit hats and ski gloves. Safety helmets were removed from the final list. Following is the statment from SIA:
“As the Administration moves forward with their tariffs, we're thankful that our collective efforts to bring some common sense to the product list were heard, and that safety helmets were removed from the USTR tariff list. Unfortunately, there is still more work to be done as ski gloves, knit hats and sport bags still remain. These tariffs pose an economic threat to our manufacturers and our retailers, and we will continue to work hard to make sure that these products are exempted from the list.” -Nick Sargent, president, Snowsports Industries America
Want to better understand and navigate the trade war for your business? Here is some great information provided by David Cohen, a Washington, DC -based international trade lawyer, courtesy of Sporting Goods Business. CLICK HERE TO READ.
The specific products of concern are:
- 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)
Please join us for a conference call update on the tariffs and Q&A with:
Jon Gold, VP National Retail Federation
Tuesday, August 28th, 3:00 EST
Call In: 712-451-0891. PIN: 377794
Sign SIA's Letter To The USTR:
SIA has written a letter to the USTR, to be signed by our industry members. If you are a manufacturer or a retailer, please add your name to this letter which we will deliver to the the USTR.
Our deadline for signatures is Friday, August 31st.
Call Your Congressman:
Your Congressman needs 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.
Submit Your Comment Directly To
The US Trade Representative is accepting comments online until September 5th. All you need to do is click the button below to submit your comment. The submissions will be filed through their online portal, under docket number (USTR-2018-0026). Similar to the phone call instructions above, your comments should detail the exact products and subheadings (see above), and how the tariffs will impact your business. Finally, ask the USTR to remove the products from the USTR list.
Just click the button below to access the form, then click the "Comment Now" button.