There are new definitions of and tariff codes for woven “recreational performance outerwear” in the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule (HTS). These new codes will not change the current tariff rates, but OIA is working on that too.
Recreational performance outerwear is specialized apparel designed to withstand the rigors of outdoor recreation. For the first time, the HTS recognizes that these products should no longer be classified under the same codes as ready made, mass- market apparel.
These new lines are a key provision of the U.S. OUTDOOR Act, Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) signature piece of trade legislation that will eliminate tariffs on recreational performance outerwear. Performance outerwear are among the most highly taxed outdoor products. Despite the lack of competitive U.S. commercial manufacturing, these popular jackets and pants still face tariffs averaging 14 percent with some as high as 28 percent. Eliminating these duties will lower your costs and retail prices for your customers, fuel cutting-edge innovation, and help create more American jobs in the outdoor industry.
Although the U.S. OUTDOOR Act is still pending, Congress included the new codes in the Trade Preferences Extension Act of 2015 and today they come into effect.
You can learn more about which products may qualify as recreational performance outerwear and the new tariff lines by downloading the document below.