The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) has launched an online toolkit to help the U.S. fishing industry keep tabs on the ever-changing status of U.S.-China trade relations. The move comes as a new list of proposed tariffs from Washington could impact a number of fishing tackle products sold in America.
The ASA released the news in an email correspondence, included in full below:
As many of you have heard by now, on May 13, 2019, the office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of imported Chinese products that, if imposed, would be subject to Section 301 tariffs of up to 25 percent.
Since then, ASA has been identifying strategies to engage in this complicated process and working to keep you informed on how changes in trade policy can impact your business.
New Tariff Toolkit
We created a Tariff Toolkit, available on our website, that contains the following information:
- ASA overview on proposed new tariffs
- Guidance for commenting to USTR
- How to contact your members of Congress
- USTR announcement on proposed new tariffs and list of impacted products
While the sportfishing industry supports realigning our trade relationship with China, it’s important to highlight that sixty percent of fishing equipment in the U.S. is imported with two-thirds of these imports coming from China.
This new round of proposed tariffs, on top of the 10 percent excise tax on sportfishing equipment and the earlier round of tariffs imposed on some recreational fishing products, could also impact conservation funding and anglers.
That’s why we are working to keep you informed and letting you know how to get involved.
Sign-up for a Q&A Conference Call
Next Thursday, June 6, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. EDT, ASA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard will host a conference call to answer any questions and concerns you may have related to these proposed tariffs. Please e-mail Jared Pfliger for call-in details.
If you have any questions, or for more information, please contact ASA Vice President of Government Affairs Mike Leonard.