NMMA seeks fewer barriers for exports

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The National Marine Manufacturers Association wants fewer barriers for boats exported to the European Union, including the elimination of taxes.

The NMMA presented the marine industry’s position on trans-Atlantic trade and recreational boating during a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership forum on Wednesday in Arlington, Va.

The NMMA requested an annex for recreational boating, including recommendations such as the harmonization of standards and the elimination of tariffs.

Negotiations in this round of talks largely have been focused on regulations and standards, and negotiators are looking to reduce regulatory barriers and increase efficiency while maintaining high standards between the EU and United States, according to the NMMA.

The NMMA's requests highlight the recreational boating industry as a platform for regulatory and standards convergence. The group says it is optimistic that the partnership will serve to benefit the recreational marine industry.