The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) says it continues to oppose US President Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs on multiple fronts. Trump announced two weeks ago he was introducing tariffs on imported steel (15%) and aluminium (10%), and at the same time, the US Department of Commerce said it could raise duties on imported steel and aluminium sheet from China by as much as 50%. The NMMA initiated a call for action on March 9, asking its members to contact their Congressmen and other legislators to voice their concerns about the tariffs.
The US trade association also signed a statement of opposition with ICOMIA and the European Boating Industry (EBI). It has also held daily meetings with Senators and Congressmen who are working to mitigate the impacts aluminium tariffs may have on boat builders.
During hearings last week, Congresswoman Jackie Walorski (R-IN-02) shared her concerns with US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and US Trade Represenative Robert Lighthizer. “Corn and motorboats are exported from my district to the EU, both of those are on the EU’s retaliation list,” she told Lighthizer during the hearings. She also spoke about the negative impacts tariffs could have on the boating industry.
This unified push by the boating industry was one of several by different industries to increase pressure on the Administration. The NMMA said the efforts have led to a temporary exemption for the EU from the tariffs. Canada and Mexico had been exempted while NAFTA renegotiations are taking place.
The NMMA said its federal affairs team continues to work with Congress and the Administration on a permanent tariff exemption for the EU, while making sure that any changes to US trade policy do not harm its members.