Recreational boat builders in Arkansas and across the country are urging the White House to remove recently instituted trade barriers, warning that they are harming the industry.

Monday, an official with the National Marine Manufacturers Association urged the administration “to cease the implementation of tariffs on U.S. manufacturers and focus on negotiating a deal with the government of China that is in the best interest of American consumers, workers and businesses.”

Nicole Vasilaros, the trade industry group’s vice president of government relations, testified during a hearing at the International Trade Commission Building in Washington, D.C.

In her written comments, she told the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that the escalating trade battles are bad for business.

From tariffs on raw materials and components, to retaliatory tariffs that have frozen international markets for U.S. marine exports, the recreational boating industry continues to bear the brunt of the administration’s trade policies,” she stated.

Proposed tariffs of 10% to 25% on recreational marine products and components have “hurt the U.S. more than China by disrupt-ng the profitability of U.S. businesses, employment opportunities, and affordability of boating for American consumers,” she added. Vasilaros’ message is being echoed by others.

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