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The Department of Commerce’s decision to implement a countervailing duty and a proposed anti-dumping tariff on common alloy aluminum sheet will significantly increase the cost of a primary material used to manufacture more than 111,000 new boats annually in the United States.

Global Trade reported that Commerce’s countervailing and anti-dumping tariffs on common alloy aluminum sheet from China are expected to total at least 31%, and potentially in excess of 113 percent.

This tariff will be compounded by the Trump administration’s recently-announced 10 percent tariff on all aluminum imports and a 25% tariff on a long list of products from China, including marine navigational, component, and engine equipment.

Thom Dammrich, President of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), noted that aluminum is a primary material used to make 43% of recreational boats. “American manufacturers, like those in our industry, depend on a competitive global market and fair pricing, even if they exclusively use domestic aluminum,” he said. “In fact, it is estimated that more than 90 percent of the aluminum used by recreational boat manufacturers comes from domestic mills.

The “announcement by the Department of Commerce is a direct threat to the stability of the recreational boating market, and by extension hundreds of thousands of American jobs,” he added. There are 650,000 American workers who depend on the US recreational boating industry.

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