The Outdoor Industry Association’s Trade Advisory Council was able to get 10 footwear-related Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petitions approved, some of which reduced import duties from 37.5 percent to zero.
The MTB petitions pertaining to footwear were approved by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC). The council focused on footwear with waterproof, breathable liners and worked closely with domestic manufacturers to head off any objections at the outset.
“Tariffs are taxes by another name,” said Rich Harper, international trade manager for Outdoor Industry Association. “Reducing taxes on those products helps members develop and grow their businesses and lower costs openly for themselves and outdoor consumers.”
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