Eastern Mountain Sports has announced its support of the Recreational Performance Outerwear Act (House Resolution 6483), the first trade legislation providing relief for outdoor performance apparel manufacturers.
The legislation, introduced on July 15, creates new classifications for specific types of high-performance recreational outerwear, makes those specific products duty free and invests in U.S. technologies and jobs that focus on sustainable, environmentally conscious manufacturing and streamlined supply chains. The legislation applies to all finished recreational performance outerwear, regardless of country of origin.
“We support this bill because it speaks to the heart and soul of a critical product category for us,” said Will Manzer, chief executive officer of Eastern Mountain Sports. “Once passed, this legislation will not only result in the immediate lowering of prices and provide more apparel options for outdoor enthusiasts, but will also create more jobs in what continues to be a challenging economy.”