The Recreation Vehicle Industry Association commissioned an Economic Impact Study on the RV industry, released on June 7, 2016. The study found that the RV industry contributes about $49.7 billion in economic output or 0.28 percent of the Gross Domestic Product. Through its production and distribution linkages, the industry impacts firms in 426 of the 440 sectors of the United States economy.
Nationwide, the industry is responsible for 216,170 jobs, both directly and inderectly, creating an economic impact of $37.5 billion. The full study results, along with each individual state and congressional district's economic impact is available on the website by clicking here .
Thu Feb 22, 2018
Author: Jeff Thomas
As President Trump ponders, and opponents and trade partners threaten, the Recreational Vehicle Industry Association has quietly been working the ins and outs of potential tariffs on imported aluminum and steel over the last year.
“The 232 investigation has been going on for a while,” says Michael Ochs, the director of government affairs at RVIA, about the recently released U.S. Commerce Department Finding. These investigations were carried out under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, which allow examination of the impact of trade on national security.
“It took the longest time for Commerce to release the report, and there’s a range of options the president could take,” he said. “We’re been weighing in with both Congress and the administration, and we’re still in the process of talking to our members about this.
The RVIA has yet to release a direct statement about the potential for tariffs on these imported products, and another case, specific to China, concerning alleged dumping of aluminum products on the American market. Ochs said that will likely be the case until there are more specific proposals by the administration on which to weigh in.
In the case of the 232 investigation, the administration could impose tariffs or quota in support of national defense. Other tariffs and quotas are first approved by Congress.
“We’ve been engaged on it, and we continue to be engage on it,” Ochs says. He points out most of the RV Industry uses domestic aluminum and steel, but that would not exclude our manufacturers from the increased pricing that would likely come from the imposition of tariffs.