Outdoor industry products facing $200 billion in tariffs

By Rich Harper August 20, 2018

The Trump administration kicked off a week of public hearings today on the latest list of products from China that could face $200 billion in tariffs.

I was proud to represent Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) and the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy to make the case that outdoor products should be removed from that list.

You can read a copy of my remarks here.

The list of products released on July 10 that could face an additional 10 to 25 percent tariff includes backpacks and sports bags, bikes, some leather gloves, wool and other fabrics, kayaks, camp chairs and hats.

Take action now to remove outdoor products from this list by participating in the public comment period announced by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

You can file comments here or by going to “regulations.gov,” looking up “USTR-2018-0026” and clicking on “Comment Now.” OIA recommends that you put your comments on company letterhead and upload a PDF copy to the website. Comments are due by Wednesday, September 5, 2018.

The United States has already imposed $34 billion worth of tariffs on imports from China, with an additional $16 billion to follow on August 22. This latest list would bring the tariffs to a total of $250 billion. China has imposed tariffs of its own on U.S. exports and has promised to respond in kind to this latest round of U.S. tariffs.

Please contact me with any questions and to share a copy of your comments.