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Fishing tackle to be subject to Chinese import tariffs

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Fishing tackle imported from China will become affected by the latest tariffs imposed by the Trump Administration.

Fishing tackle, including some rods, reels and lures, will become subject to tariffs on Chinese imports into the US at the beginning of next month.

The Trump administration has announced it is imposing a new two-stage 10% tax on $300 billion of goods, including angling gear, on Sunday (September 1) and that the remaining products will be subject to additional tariffs starting on December 15.

Since May, the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) and many of its members have asked for exclusions from additional tariffs on sport fishing equipment, arguing that the industry already pays a unique excise tax that funds fisheries, conservation and access projects.

The industry believes that the additional 10% would cause harm to the bottom line of many ASA members, deter fishing participation and reduce conservation funding. Below is a summary of some recreational fishing products that will be impacted by the 10% tariff.

Products affected starting September 1, 2019

• 9507.20.40: Fish hooks, snelled;

• 9507.20.80: Fish hooks, not snelled;

• 9507.30.60: Fishing reels, valued over $8.45 each:

• 9507.30.80: Fishing reels, parts and accessories;

• 9507.90.20: Fishing line, put up and packaged for retail sale;

• 9507.90.40: Fishing casts or leaders;

• 9507.90.70: Artificial baits and flies.

Products affected starting December 15, 2019

• 9507.10.00: Fishing rods, parts and accessories;

• 9507.30.20: Fishing reels, valued not over $2.70 each:

• 9507.30.40: Fishing reels valued over $2.70, but not over $8.45 each;

• 9507.90.60: Fish landing nets, butterfly nets and similar nets;

• 9507.90.80: Fishing line. 

For more detailed information on the products impacted, visit the website of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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