A group representing the outdoor industry sent a letter to President Donald Trump on Wednesday saying more tariffs on Chinese goods would hurt their industry.
The Outdoor Industry Association, which is based in Boulder, Colorado, sent the letter to the president after more tariffs on $300 billion worth of products imported from China were announced last week.
“We are concerned that tariffs affecting our industry continue to be utilized as an enforcement tool during these important discussions,” Amy Roberts, the group’s executive director, said in the letter. “In the months since these punitive tariffs came into effect for most outdoor products last September, they have severely inhibited the ability of outdoor companies to grow their businesses.”
“Additional tariffs, particularly on apparel and footwear, will deliver a devastating blow to the $887 billion outdoor recreation economy and the 7.6 million American jobs it supports,” the letter read.
The previous tariffs were increased from 10 to 25 percent.
The letter noted the additional tariffs apply to outdoor apparel, footwear, camping gear, backpacks, sports bags, kayaks and bikes.
“This means less money for new domestic jobs and the design and development of innovative new products. It may also force small and medium-sized businesses to shut their doors.”
Outdoor recreation is big business in Colorado, accounting for almost 230,000 jobs and $28 billion in consumer spending within the state.
The group urged the administration to finalize trade negotiations with China so the tariffs can be lifted.
“These tariffs negatively impact outdoor companies that produce Made in the USA goods and create the incentive to shift production overseas in order to remain competitive with foreign competition,” the letter added.