OIATAC reviews U.S. trade policy, relevant federal legislation and international trade negotiations, develops federal trade policy that may affect OIA membership and recommends policy positions to OIA government affairs staff and OIA leadership. It is guided by OIA’s balanced trade agenda:
Reduce and eliminate tariffs on outdoor products:
OIATAC has helped developed proposals to eliminate disproportionately high import tariffs assessed against outdoor apparel, footwear and equipment that have no domestically produced counterpart. Each proposal is thoroughly vetted to ensure it comports with the balanced trade agenda. These initiatives include:
- The US OUTDOOR Act
- Miscellaneous Tariff Bills (MTBs)
- Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Athletic Footwear Initiative
New markets for outdoor products:
OIATAC helps identify new market opportunities, including efforts to eliminate trade barriers on U.S. exports to overseas markets and ensuring U.S. trade agreements provide reciprocal market access for American outdoor products.
Composition and Responsibilities
OIATAC is made up of OIA members engaged in the business of manufacturing, marketing, and/or distributing outdoor recreation products. It includes representatives from small, medium and large entities representing all segments of the industry, including manufacturing, importers and retailers. OIATAC is administered and supported by OIA government affairs staff.
OIATAC conducts monthly calls to review OIA’s trade agenda and holds in-person meetings at Outdoor Retailer Summer and Winter Market. It also participates in lobby efforts in Washington, D.C. to advance the industry’s trade agenda.