The recreational boating industry’s opposition to new tariffs was among testimony shared at hearings on Capitol Hill last week.
During hearings last week, members of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee questioned Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Robert E. Lighthizer on the adverse impact of aluminum and steel tariffs on the recreational boating industry, according to the National Marine Manufacturers Association.
Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-Ind., shared her concern over tariffs’ negative impact to the marine industry during her testimony, the NMMA said.
During additional hearings, Walorski focused on retaliation from trading partners like the EU.
“Corn and motorboats are exported from my district to the EU, both of those are on the EU’s retaliation list,” Walorski said during her testimony, which you can see here:
The NMMA has highlighted the marine industry during hearings with the Administration and has held daily meetings with members of Congress regarding tariffs.
In addition, NMMA distributed a joint statement along with the European Boating Industry president Piero Formenti and International Council of Marine Industry Association president Jouko Huju opposing tariffs.
This push by the marine industry was one of several in many industries that increased pressure on the Administration, leading to a temporary exemption for the EU from the aluminum and steel tariffs.
Aluminum sheet, a specific type of aluminum, is already facing new tariffs in April — potentially higher than 60 percent — after the Department of Commerce initiated an anti-dumping and countervailing investigation on common aluminum sheet metal from China.