Policy Blog – GSP Footwear Act of 2017 Introduced in the House

May 25, 2017

Legislation has been introduced in the House that will help outdoor companies lower costs on certain outdoor footwear products.

The “GSP Footwear Act of 2017” will allow limited, non-import-sensitive footwear products to petition to be included in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a program that provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for more than 100 developing countries. This bi-partisan legislation is sponsored by Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE 3) and Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR 3). Companion legislation will soon be introduced in the Senate.

“We applaud the introduction of the GSP Footwear Act of 2017, and we thank Representatives Adrian Smith and Earl Blumenauer for once again taking leadership roles in helping outdoor companies secure much needed tariff relief on outdoor products,” said OIA’s Vice President of Government Affairs Alex Boian. “Passage of this legislation will help lower costs, fuel the innovation in footwear products the industry is known for and help create jobs. We look forward to working with Representatives Smith and Blumenauer to secure passage of this important bill in 2017.”

If you currently source footwear from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand or other GSP-eligible countries, we particularly urge you to learn more about this legislation and join all OIA members in asking Congress to pass it as soon as possible.

This initiative builds on the success of legislation passed in 2015 to allow certain travel goods, including backpacks and sports bags, to be included in the GSP program.

If you’d like to get involved and help pass this bill, please contact Rich Harper at rharper@outdoorindustry.org