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Northwest export program gets certification guidance

In a step toward helping participants in the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program obtain CE Mark Certification, Netherlands-based Rulefinder.net has created a guide specially designed for them.

The Clarkston, Wash., and Lewiston, Idaho, program was established in the spring of 2010 to export welded-aluminum jet boats to the European Union.

Eight jet boat manufacturers (Bentz Boats, Custom Weld Boats, Hells Canyon Marine, Phantom MIL/PRO, Renaissance Marine Group, Riddle Marine, SJX Jet Boats and Thunder Jet Boats) are participating.

After eight months of extensive export training six of the builders participated in boot Düsseldorf 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany. Because of the positive response of the European market and plans to exhibit in an expanded pavilion at boot Düsseldorf 2012 it became imperative that participating companies pursue CE Mark Certification, according to a statement from the program.

Rulefinder.net is recognized as the practical guide for boatbuilders, component manufacturers and other industry professionals on the CE rules and directives, ABYC standards, MCA regulations, NZ-AUS standards and Canadian standards.

In June Michael Vollmer, an International Marine Certification Institute inspector, will visit Clarkston/Lewiston to inspect and certify boats that have completed the necessary documentation.

"By teaming up with Rulefinder.net and Michael L. Vollmer we have created an efficient and affordable two-step program to provide CE Mark Certification for our program participants," project consultant Gary White said in a statement.

Click here for information on the Snake River Boat Builders Export Program.

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