Chrystia Freeland, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged boating-industry concerns about Canadian tariffs on U.S.-manufactured boats that are set to go into effect on July 1.
The National Marine Manufacturers Association in Canada has sent a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau imploring him to not to impose retaliatory tariffs on boats imported to the country from the United States.
The marine industry is “unusually fragmented,” and Chris-Craft president Stephen Heese thinks that will continue to change in the coming years.
Retaliatory tariffs by Canada and the European Union are prompting marine dealers abroad to cancel orders of U.S.-built boats — the result of a “self-inflicted wound” the government has imposed on U.S. manufacturers, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Jeff Napier, the first president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, died at his home in Italy after suffering from Parkinson’s disease. He was 78.