OIA CAPITOL SUMMIT

2020 OIA Capitol Summit is now Postponed

As the coronavirus outbreak continues to grow as a public health concern, all of us at Outdoor Industry Association want to do our part to limit the spread of the virus and be mindful of the health of our members, companies, partners and everyone’s families. 
 
As such, we are postponing the April 2020 Capitol Summit in Washington, D.C. We hope to reschedule this at a future date as we still have important legislation and information to share with congressional leaders around how the outdoors and the outdoor recreation economy contribute to the well-being of our citizens, communities and our country, especially in times such as these.
 
The June 23 – 25 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market is still planned to go on in Denver, but we are in close communication with Emerald Exposition and will continue to consult guidance from local, state and federal government around travel and convening large groups and keep everyone apprised of any changes.
 
Also, important to note, we have strongly encouraged the staff of OIA to work remotely for the coming weeks. We have made this decision out of an abundance of caution and to do our part in protecting the community and slowing the spread of the virus. We are available by phone, email and video chat to support our members, so please do not hesitate to reach out if you have questions. Here is a link to our staff directory that includes links to our email addresses.
 
As with many organizations, we are staying on top of the situation hour-by-hour and following guidance from the CDC. We will share updates in emails and on our website. We also plan to provide updates and tools around best practices.
 
We appreciate your understanding. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns.


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If you have booked your hotel, please work directly with the Hyatt House to cancel your reservation. As soon as we have a new lobby day plan, we will communicate this to you. You will automatically be registered for the rescheduled date when it is determined.

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WHAT IS CAPITOL SUMMIT

Capitol Summit is the outdoor industry’s premiere advocacy event in Washington, D.C. Industry executives from across the country come to educate their elected officials in Congress on key issues impacting their businesses. You’ll have the opportunity to hear from agency, administration and elected officials during our education sessions, and build valuable relationships with your industry peers.

WHAT TO EXPECT

This event provides great insight into our government’s decision-making process in Washington, D.C. Attendees receive an introductory training on lobbying as well as education on OIA’s policy agenda and legislative priorities. We will serve as your guide to navigating the Hill and provide timely background information and training on the industry’s policy agenda, legislative priorities and members of Congress. Attendees will leave with a full understanding of how to schedule and conduct congressional meetings on the Hill as well as tools and skills to take home and make an impact in your state.

THE IMPORTANCE TO ALL OUTDOOR BUSINESSES

Capitol Summit builds the outdoor industry’s relationship with Congress by discussing our business issues and their related decisions, face to face. After each Capitol Summit, leaders in Congress champion our issues, sign on to sponsor and co-sponsor relevant legislation, circulate our legislation to their peers and across the aisle, attend Outdoor Retailer and arrange tours of companies’ facilities in their home state. Capitol Summit has direct results at engaging Congress in the outdoor industry.

Raise Your Voice

Your story matters and can make a difference when it comes to local, state and federal outdoor recreation and trade policy. Hear what your OIA peers are saying about the value and impact of advocacy, and find out how you can join the effort.

Easy Ways to Engage

Sign up for Policy Alerts – we’ll keep you posted on what’s happening in D.C. as well as locally. Get involved with our Advisory Councils.

2020 Outdoor Industry Trade Policy Legislation

Outdoor companies produce some of the most innovative, high-tech apparel, footwear and equipment designed to enhance the outdoor experience and promote health and active lifestyles. Yet outdoor products already face outdated and unnecessarily high import tariffs of on average of about 14 percent and as high as 37.5 percent for a pair of hiking boots. The impact of punitive tariffs on products sourced from China and an uncertain and unpredictable trade environment have raised costs even further for outdoor companies, hampering job growth and the development of new products.

Legislation that will provide outdoor companies some tariff relief on products not produced domestically and help them diversify supply chains is set to come before Congress this year.

Generalized System of Preferences (GSP): GSP is the main trade preference program for developing countries, providing duty-free market access on eligible products if they are sourced from a beneficiary country like Indonesia, Thailand, Cambodia or the Philippines. OIA helped lead the effort to add backpacks, sports bags and other travel goods to the GSP program in 2017. Since then, outdoor companies have saved $90 million annually on those products, duty savings that have lowered costs for outdoor companies and consumers. OIA is also working on an initiative to make certain footwear products, such as hiking boots, hiking shoes and trail running shoes, eligible for the GSP program for the first time. The GSP program is set to expire at the end of 2020 and must be renewed by Congress.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs): MTBs reduce or suspend import tariffs for three years on products, regardless of country of origin, where there is no domestic production and duties lost to the U.S. Treasury are less than $500,000. Past MTBs have saved outdoor companies $30 million, and last year, OIA submitted 16 new MTBs on footwear to the administration for review. Congress is set to consider a package of MTBs cleared by the administration by the end of 2020. Congress may also consider provisions to create new rounds of MTBs and preserve eligibility for finished products.

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If you have any questions about how to sponsor this event contact Hannah Curtis.

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