Recreational Boating Industry Supports Free & Fair Trade
Marine manufacturers rely on free and fair trade, global supply chains, and a stable business environment to remain competitive. The total value of recreational boats and engines exported from the U.S. in 2019: $2.1 billion.
Exports to the E.U. — the industry’s second largest international market — have decreased by more than 42% since 2018, following the E.U.’s 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. boats and engines.
Section 301 tariffs on imports from China have impacted more than 300 commonly used components, materials, and parts, costing the industry millions of dollars in new taxes since 2018.
- Eliminate the European Union’s 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. boats
- End Section 232 tariffs on aluminum and steel imports
- Strike a comprehensive agreement with China that eliminates Section 301 tariffs and protects American businesses
- Reopen and bolster the exclusion process for Section 301 tariffs
- Secure a trade agreement with the U.K. that removes the 25% retaliatory tariff on U.S. boats and technical barriers to trade while addressing regulatory cooperation
Fact Sheet | Trade and Tariffs
[90.31 Kb] Summary of the recreational boating industry’s top policy priorities related to free and fair trade.
Guide | Complete USCMA Certification
[87.86 Kb] A how-to guide on marine manufacturers and compliance with the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) guidelines.
Letter | Addressing Increased Tariffs on U.S. Boats and Engines (April 2021)
[142.35 Kb] A joint letter to European Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis and Director Schlegelmilch on the impending increase of retaliatory tariffs on U.S. boats and engines.
Letter | Fair and Free Trade between the U.S. and E.U. (September 2020)
[115.32 Kb] A joint letter to former U.S. Trade Representative Lighthizer and European Commission Vice-President Dombrovskis on the retaliatory tariffs imposed on U.S. boats and engines.
Letter | Addressing Steel and Aluminum Tariffs and Quotas
[115.46 Kb] Joint association letter to President Biden calling for the expedited removal of the 232 tariffs imposed on U.S. steel and aluminum.
Letter | Addressing Retaliatory Tariffs (June 2021)
[181.56 Kb] Joint U.S. and EU organizations’ letter of support to lift retaliatory tariffs imposed on products, including U.S. boats and engines, unrelated to the transatlantic trade dispute.
Letter | NMMA Testimony on Commerce Outdoor Recreation Hearing (June 2021)
Letter | Opposition to 301 Tariffs on Vietnam Imports
[215.42 Kb] Joint association letter urging USTR to forgo imposing Section 301 tariffs on goods imported from Vietnam.
Letter | Addressing Section 301 Tariffs on Marine Products
[41.97 Kb] An industry letter to U.S. Trade Representative Tai to reopen the Section 301 tariff exclusion process and reinstate expired exclusions.