Inflatable boats and kayak paddles are among the items granted exemption from tariffs targeting $200 billion in Chinese imported goods. The exemptions were made with the advocacy of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), who worked with stakeholders to file exemptions and ask elected officials to submit letters of support. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) will be accepting exclusions requests until the end of September.
Following the current administration’s decision to raise select tariffs to 25%, the USTR established the exemption process for stakeholders. The USTR is projecting 60,000 exclusion requests and will announce exemptions to the tariffs as final decisions are made.
The USTR and more information about exemptions can be found at ustr.gov. The NMMA says that it is standing by to assist industry partners through the exemption process. The NMMA can be found at nmma.org.