The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) recently sent a letter to the Senate sponsors of the Outdoor Act demanding quick enactment to lower duties on outdoor apparel and support research programs for the industry. This legislation will help lower business costs for US companies that produce or sell recreational performance apparel.
Recreational performance outerwear is high-tech apparel specially designed for outdoor recreation in challenging conditions such as hiking, biking, skiing/snowboarding, hunting, fishing, mountaineering, and other recreational activities. High tariffs, some as high as 30 per cent, do not protect domestic industry and strangle product development and hamper growth, AAFA announced in a press release.
A 2007 study by the International Trade Commission found there was no commercially viable manufacturing of recreational performance outerwear in the US. The Outdoor Act will help make these products more affordable for companies to produce, encourage more Americans to get outdoors and power innovation.