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Tackle comes into sights of Trump’s China export tariffs

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The ASA has urged its members to check whether their products exported from China are subject to the latest proposed tariffs of 25%.

Fishing tackle has come into the sights of the Trump administration in the USA with most items of gear being subject to the next proposed round of tariffs.

Earlier this month the office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of imported Chinese products that, if imposed, would be subject to Section 301 tariffs of up to 25%.

The list covers essentially all products imported from China not already covered in Section 301 additional tariffs. The new list impacts many products imported by the American Sportfishing Association’s members.

Fishing tackle on the list includes:

  • Rods
  • Hooks
  • Reels
  • Line
  • Leaders
  • Landing nets, butterfly and similar nets
  • Artificial baits and flies

The USTR will hold a public hearing on this proposal on Monday, June 17th, and requests to appear at this hearing are due on Monday, June 10th. Written comments, including input on specific tariff levels that should be imposed and requests to exclude specific subheadings from the proposed tariff increase are due on June 17th.

Manufacturers with any questions – or wanting more information – are asked to contact the ASA President of Government Affairs, Mike Leonard, at

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