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Outdoor Industry Says China Tariffs Are Hurting Their Industry

File photo: A tent in the Sawtooth Valley of Central Idaho.
courtesy Ed Cannady
File photo: A tent in the Sawtooth Valley of Central Idaho.

If you’re in the market for a new tent or fleece jacket, you could see prices for those products go up. The Trump Administration is proposing new tariffs on items like these that are produced in China.


Recreation industry leaders are gathering in Denver this week for the annual summer outdoor industry trade show. They kicked off the gathering by releasing an analysis on how the trade war with China is hurting their bottomline.  

The new analysis shows that existing and proposed tariffs could cost the recreation industry up to $1.5 billion per month. Patricia Rojas-Ungar iswith the Outdoor Industry Association. She says that could trickle down to hikers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts. 

"People are going to have to make hard decisions around whether or not they’re going to take, you know, that ski trip in the winter," says  Rojas-Ungar. 

Ungar also says the tariffs are stifling the industry. Instead of focusing on job growth or product innovation, outdoor companies are having to figure out how to absorb cost increases. 

Ungar’s group says the outdoor industry was hit with a 10% tariff on products like camp chairs and backpacking stoves last year. The Trump Administration is now considering increasing that to 25% and expanding the tariff to include more products like outdoor apparel, hiking boots and tents. 


Find reporter Amanda Peacher on Twitter  @amandapeacher .

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Amanda Peacher is an Arthur F. Burns fellow reporting and producing in Berlin in 2013. Amanda is from Portland, Oregon, where she works as the public insight journalist for Oregon Public Broadcasting. She produces radio and online stories, data visualizations, multimedia projects, and facilitates community engagement opportunities for OPB's newsroom.
Amanda Peacher
Amanda Peacher works for the Mountain West News Bureau out of Boise State Public Radio. She's an Idaho native who returned home after a decade of living and reporting in Oregon. She's an award-winning reporter with a background in community engagement and investigative journalism.
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