MTB likely dead for this year,
|Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) confirmed late last week that Congress will not pass a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) before the end of the year, meaning all import duties that are currently suspended or reduced under MTB legislation passed in 2006 will expire and full duties will be reinstated on January 1, 2010. While Congress is expected to pass an MTB early next year, it is unclear whether the duty suspensions will be retroactive. OIA is recommending that outdoor companies that have utilized duty suspension plan to pay full duties on January 1.
“We are extremely disappointed that Congress was unable to pass a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) this year and that tariff suspensions on performance footwear and other outdoor products will expire at the end of the year,” said Frank Hugelmeyer, president and CEO of OIA. “These MTBs have saved outdoor footwear manufacturers more than $13 million since 2007, resulted in new job creation, spurred industry growth and have contributed to a substantial increase in exports of American made inputs that account for as much as a quarter of the value of these footwear products. The delay in passage of the MTB puts an extraordinary financial burden on outdoor businesses as many are struggling to recover from the recession, and may ultimately mean the demise of some companies. We strongly encourage Congress to pass an MTB with retroactive duty suspensions as soon as they return in January.”
Some outdoor companies hedged on the MTB’s passage this year and have already brought in 2010 inventory, but many companies will see an additional 40 percent or more added to their product costs after duty suspensions expire.
Congress is scheduled to convene its 2010 session in mid-January, but it is unclear when the MTB will be dealt with and whether it will include a provision to refund duties paid. OIA is continuing to vigorously push for passage of the MTB and recommends the Washington, DC based trade firm of Sorini, Samet & Associates to petition for duty refunds after the MTB is enacted.
Please contact Alex Boian (email@example.com or 303.327.3509) at OIA for more information.
(Louisville, CO. December 18, 2009) After evaluating every available option and in response to input received from fly fishing industry retailers, manufacturers, sales reps and media, the AFFTA board of directors unanimously voted Tuesday December 15, 2009 to endorse the formation of a new independent fly fishing trade show. The International Fly Tackle Dealer (IFTD) show will debut at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado during the 3rdquarter of 2010.
AFFTA Chairman Alan Gnann stated, “Throughout our careful and deliberate evaluation it became abundantly clear that a general fishing tackle show (ICAST) or a general outdoor show (Outdoor Retailer) would not serve the best interests of the of the fly fishing trade. It was also very apparent that the new found interest in fly fishing by these organizations was not aligned with AFFTA’s mission, making the decision very clear.” Gnann continues, “The entire AFFTA board is incredibly energized and motivated to make this the best show the industry has ever seen. The support of key exhibitors and retailers for AFFTA to sponsor an independent fly fishing industry trade show has been nothing short of overwhelming. We look forward to hosting the most dynamic and exciting trade show in years; and importantly – the only show focused exclusively on the sport of fly fishing.”
|In just the past day since initially discussing the show with a small number of potential exhibitors, the new International Fly Tackle Dealer show has already received the endorsement and support of the following manufacturers, media and outdoor travel companies – Scott Fly Rods, Sage, Redington, Rio, Orvis, Umpqua, Ross Reels USA/Ross Worldwide, Scientific Anglers, R.L. Winston, Solitude Flies, Cloudveil, Lamson/Waterworks, REC, Nautilus Reels, Smith Optics, Yellow Dog Fly Fishing, Frontiers International, Fly Fishing in Saltwaters magazine, The Drake magazine, and Fly Fisherman magazine among others. All proceeds from the International Fly Tackle Dealer show will be reinvested into the Fly Fishing industry as for the first time ever, AFFTA will own, sponsor, and operate your industry trade show.
Concurrent with this announcement, AFFTA is also excited to announce the hiring of fly fishing industry veteran Randi Swisher to the new role of Vice President and Director of Marketing. Randi is a lifelong angler and brings to AFFTA over twenty years of fly fishing industry experience in sales, marketing and trade show production; most recently serving as Corporate Account Manager for the International Sportsmen’s Exposition (ISE) where his responsibilities included exhibit sales, show management, and retailer / manufacturer partnerships for ISE’s 5 regional consumer outdoor shows. Prior to this, Randi worked in marketing and sales roles for Lamiglas and Sage for 15 years, and for 5 years he owned a manufacturer’s rep company serving the Rocky Mountain region while representing 8 premier fly fishing brands.. Randi will focus his efforts on the marketing, sales, and production of AFFTA’s new trade show. Randi graduated from the University of MT majoring in Business Administration. Randi, resides in the greater Denver area with his wife and daughter.
Four possible show dates at the Colorado Convention Center have been identified with a decision on the final show date to be driven by an AFFTA Retailer Survey that will be launched today. The final show date will be announced on January 4, 2010.
BELGRADE, Mont. – Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers has been transitioned from founder Dr. Kenneth A. High to a group of his employees headed by general manager Steve Fournier. The sale is effective immediately and includes the firm’s headquarters and production building, all products, logos and intellectual property.
High, who founded the fly-fishing and fly-tying tool company in 1989, will serve as a product design consultant. Day-to-day operations will continue much as they have for the past 15 years under Fournier’s direction and supervision.
The sale follows High’s retirement from his urological medical practice. Terms and conditions of the sale were not made public.
According to Fournier, Dr. Slick produces some 300+ fishing- and fly tying-related products including various models and sizes of scissors, pliers, clamps (hemostats), retractors, nippers, hook files, necklaces, fly floatant, hair stackers, titanium and ceramic fly-tying bobbins, hackle pliers, tweezers, whip finishers and dubbing tools, as well as a growing OEM and custom manufacturing division.
In coming to a mutual agreement on the sale to Fournier and other employees, High noted, “I cannot see any other outfit [potential buyer] that would uphold the
Dr. Slick tradition of quality and innovation other than the current staff and employees
. . . I had the idea, but he [Fournier] built the company and should continue with it.”
For additional information or interviews, contact:
Dr. Slick Instruments for Anglers
105 Pollywog Lane
Belgrade, MT 59714
AFFTA Legislative Update
1st Session 111th Congress
As the first session of the 111th Congress comes to a close, historic steps have been taken in the areas of climate change, clean water funding, and fish habitat protection and enhancement. Each of the legislative initiatives discussed in this update, if enacted into law, would significantly improve fisheries and aquatic resources across the Nation. Congress is poised to enact legislative initiatives that will provide billions of dollars annually to protect and enhance resources critical to fly fishermen and ultimately the fly fishing industry. AFFTA has played an active role in supporting climate change and clean water initiatives outlined in this legislative update – including letters of support and direct input with legislators in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the United States Senate.
Set forth below are brief summaries of the major legislative initiatives currently being supported by AFFTA and the conservation community.
Climate Change Legislation
On May 15, 2009, Congressman Waxman, Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, introduced comprehensive climate change legislation – H.R 2454, The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009. This measure contains sweeping provisions impacting nearly every aspect of society, including, the protection of critical aquatic resources. Of particular interest to AFFTA and the fishing community is the inclusion of adaptation provisions providing potentially billions of dollars annually to improve fish habitat impacted by climatic changes.
Thousands of miles of trout streams and critical salmon habitat are extremely sensitive to even minor changes in climatic conditions. AFFTA worked closely with Congressman Dingell and members of the conservation community to have robust adaptation provisions included in H.R. 2454.
The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 was approved by the full House of Representatives on June 26, 2009. The bill is now pending in the United States Senate.
On September 30, 2009, Senator John Kerry and Senator Barbara Boxer introduced S. 1733, The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act of 2009. AFFTA, in concert with other members of the conservation community worked to have strong adaptation provisions included in S. 1733. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported this bill largely on a party-line vote on November 5, 2009. However, the final disposition of climate change legislation in the U.S. Senate remains in flux with other Senators, including Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator Max Baucus (D-MT) and Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) likely to play significant roles in shaping a final climate change bill.
AFFTA is currently engaged in discussions with Senator Baucus’s staff on developing adaptation provisions that will provide significantly greater resources for fish and wildlife habitat than are currently contained in the House-passed climate change bill.
Clean Water Funding Legislation
In March 2009, the House of Representatives passed legislation (H.R. 456) authorizing over $15 billion of new money for Clean Water Act Projects, including the upgrade of wastewater treatment plants and the control of non-point source pollutants. This legislation received broad bi-partisan support, will likely be merged with a similar Senate measure and will likely be enacted into law during the second session of the 111th Congress. This is the first time new funding for The Clean Water Act has been authorized since 1987 and it marks a significant step toward improving water quality and fish habitat of importance to millions of American fisherman.
On May 7, 2009 Senators Boxer (D-CA), Inhofe (R-OK), Cardin (D-MD) and Crapo (R-ID) introduced S. 1005 was reported by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee with strong bi-partisan support. This legislation is currently awaiting consideration by the full Senate.
Clean Water Protection Legislation
The United States Senate has taken the lead in advancing legislation to restore critical protections for wetlands and streams lost through a series of recent Supreme Court Decisions. On April 2, 2009, Senator Feingold (D-WI) introduced S. 787, The Clean Water Restoration Act. AFFTA has played an active role along with other leading conservation organization in supporting this legislation.
On June 18, 2009, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee reported S. 787 and the bill is now awaiting consideration by the full Senate. This legislation remains controversial and is opposed by leading agriculture and development interests, and, as such, the fate of S. 787 remains uncertain.
In the House of Representatives, Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN) and Congressman John Dingell (D-MI) are preparing companion legislation to S. 787 for introduction. Chairman Oberstar has met extensively with AFFTA and other conservation organizations to solicit their input and support.
AFFTA will be working closely with Chairman Oberstar in the coming months to successfully advance legislation restoring Clean Water Act protections.
Fish Habitat Legislation
AFFTA has also been engaged in supporting legislative measures to specifically improve fish habitat. For example, AFFTA has joined a coalition of conservation organizations seeking to ensure that our Nation’s transportation programs include critical fish habitat considerations. Inadequate fish passages related to transportation projects remain a substantial problem throughout much of the United States.
Congress may take up a $500 billion transportation funding and policy bill during the second session of the 111th Congress and AFFTA will be working closely with policy makers to protect and enhance fish habitat as part of this legislation.
SEATTLE, Wash.- November4, 2009 – Squaretail Fishing Products introduces their eco-friendly apparel line. Products are now available at the company’s on-line store. The company is also interested in establishing a network of dealers throughout the United States.
This Seattle based company offers unique designed fishing related clothing for men, women and children. You can check out the company’s website to find out more about their original designs. The company’s goal is to provide customers with eco-friendly fashion while also bringing public awareness and support to environmental movements. Their motto is “Respect the FISH. It’s who we are and what we do.”
Squaretail Fishing Products offers men’s t-shirts made from 100% organic cotton, in a variety of colors and styles. They also offer men’s t-shirts and sweatshirts made with recycled fabrics. Part of their line-up also includes women’s and children’s 100% organic cotton t-shirts. Squaretail Fishing Products also offers five different styles of embroidered hats, with styles ranging from urban cool to winter warm. “We will continue to expand our clothing line as the demand for our products increase,” says Mike Jerome, Chief Fishing Officer of Squaretail Fishing Products.
Prices range between $23 and $47, depending on the product. Customers will have peace of mind when wearing Squaretail Fishing Products clothing knowing the company’s products are eco-friendly and help promote environmental awareness.
To be among the first to purchase Squaretail Fishing Products apparel, go to the company’s website www.squaretailfishing.com. Be sure to look for the original motto “Respect the FISH” on all of the Squaretail Fishing Products clothing!
“Squaretail Fishing Products is pushing the envelope on design,” said Mike Jerome. “We understand that demographics are changing in the fishing industry and that anglers want cutting edge graphics to wear around town as well as on the water. This is why we are offering all of our original designs for men, women and children.”
About Squaretail Fishing Products:
Headquartered in Seattle, Washington, Squaretail Fishing Products designs and sells apparel for men, women and children. Squaretail Fishing Products items are sold from their on-line store and are securing a network of retailers in the United States. For more information, visit www.squaretailfishing.com.
Media contacts: Mike Jerome
Squaretail Fishing Products (206) 915-8770