OIA launches outdoor footwear and travel good initiatives

By Rich Harper February 25, 2016

OIA has launched two new trade initiatives that will help outdoor companies lower costs on outdoor footwear and travel goods. We encourage OIA members to be a part of this process and provide input on what we believe will be a successful campaign that will benefit your bottom line.

Last year, working with its trade counsel Sorini Samet and Associates, OIA developed and Congress passed legislation that allowed certain travel goods, including backpacks, to petition to be included in the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), a program that provides duty-free access to the U.S. market from more than 100 developing countries. Four petitions were filed and we believe these products from GSP countries will be duty free on July 1, 2016.

There is a opportunity to build on the success of this initiative and expand GSP to include limited, non-import sensitive footwear products and any travel good products that were left out of the initial process. If you currently source footwear and/or travel goods from Burma, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Philippines, Thailand or other GSP eligible countries,we urge you to be a part of this process.

As before, OIA and SSA will develop legislation that will allow these products to be included in the GSP program. Once the legislation is passed and signed into law, we will work to develop the appropriate petitions that, if successful, will eliminate import duties on those products from eligible GSP countries. Consistent with OIA’s balanced trade policy, we will work closely with domestic manufacturers throughout this process.

How you can become involved:

  • Review background papers and fill out a survey on footwear checklists indicating what HTS lines are of interest to your company on the footwear GSP initiatives HERE.
  • Review background papers and fill out a survey on the travel goods checklists indicating what HTS lines are of interest to your company on the travel goods GSP initiatives HERE.