SIA Working to Eliminate Import Duties on Outerwear

SnowSports Industries America (SIA) is pleased to announce and fully support the Recreational Performance Outerwear Apparel Act of 2008 (RPOAA) (H.R. 6483), which will eliminate import duties on many items of recreational performance outerwear. The RPOAA was introduced in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, July 15, by Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR). SIA has worked with a coalition of outdoor performance apparel manufacturers, including the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), to develop the legislation. Under the bill, recreational performance outwear is distinguished from other apparel for purposes of duty-free treatment as high-tech apparel, particularly jackets and pants, specifically designed for outdoor recreation activities in challenging conditions (snow sports, mountain climbing, water sports, biking). The RPOAA is of particular importance to SIA members because U.S. tariffs on recreational performance outwear are some of the highest the United States imposes on imports (e.g,. a knit performance outwear jacket is subject to a 28% duty). The bill also invests substantial resources in U.S. technology that focuses on sustainable, environmentally-conscious manufacturing by helping textile and apparel producers streamline their supply chains, minimize water and energy use, and reduce their overall environmental footprint. For additional information, please contact PR@snowsports.org or Leslie Groves at...