Tariffs will cause “irreparable and disastrous damage”

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Tariffs on boats would include sailboats, motorboats and inflatables.

Tariffs on boats would include sailboats, motorboats and inflatables.

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.

“As a result of the recent actions from the U.S. and counter tariffs, Canadian dealers are already cancelling orders and bracing for a sales downturn,” wrote NMMA Canada president Sara Anghel.

“Lead times for ordering are generally three to six months out and some dealers cannot cancel as they have a contractual obligation for orders already placed,” Anghel wrote. “This comes at a particularly bad time for recreational boating, as the industry gears up for the summer boating season.”

Of the more than 100,000 new and pre-owned boats were sold in Canada, more than 65 percent were imported from the U.S.

“The recreational boating industry understands the complicated situation the government of Canada finds itself in,” Anghel wrote. “However, we must emphasize that the proposed Canadian countermeasures will have severe negative and long-term impact to the jobs, taxes and tourism that recreational boating represents – and generates – across Canada.”

Anghel urged the Canadian government to find a swift solution to the trade situation with the U.S. and to consider the “critical impact on the marine industry from these actions.”

“This tariff will cause irreparable and disastrous damage to the industry, from which it would likely never recover,” Anghel wrote.

Anghel asked that if tariffs are imposed, a grace period of six months be implemented to allow Canadian dealers to adapt to the new pricing scheme, and that if they’re imposed and subsequently removed, that the tariff be repaid so as to not “unfairly burden the Canadian importer/dealer who will not have been able to pass the cost through.”

Anghel also asked members to contact Trudeau and members of Parliament, as well as submit comments to the Finance Tariff Consultation by Friday.

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