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Inflatable boats and kayak paddles exempt from tariffs

Inflatable boats will not be subject to the current round of tariffs.

Inflatable boats will not be subject to the current round of tariffs.

The Trump administration has granted tariff exclusions to inflatable boats and kayak paddles. They were among the 10 types of products excused from the financial penalties, a move that was applauded by the recreational boating industry.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association advocated for exempting the products from tariffs that target $200 billion in Chinese imports under Section 301 List 3. The NMMA worked with industry stakeholders to apply for exclusions, filing comments in favor of the requests and coordinating with elected officials.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative formally established an exclusion process for the list of products in late June, following the administration’s decision to increase the tariff on impacted items from 10 to 25 percent. The USTR will continue to accept exclusion requests until September 30. NMMA encourages all affected companies to file a request.

The Federal Register notice released by USTR provides instructions for the exclusion process. 

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