RVIA Economic Impact Study

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 .

RVIA to Submit Plywood Imports Petition to USTR

Fri Apr 12, 2019
Author: RV News Staff

155128793944232.pngThe Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) recently published its Federal Register notice to announce its annual Generalize System of Preferences (GSP) review. USTR will consider petitions addressing several aspects of the GSP program, most importantly the redesignation of currently excluded products.

Last November, despite RVIA's petition, USTR did not include a redesignation of a Competitive Needs Limit (CNL) waiver for lauan/meranti plywood from Indonesia, meaning that imports of this plywood are still subject to the 8 percent duty, as they have been since the previous waiver was revoked in 2015. This duty amounts to more than $1 million each month for importers of this plywood, which is factored into the cost that RV manufacturers pay for the material.

The primary cause for non-acceptance of last year’s petition was a report from the International Trade Commission (ITC) claiming there was a domestic production of a “like or directly competitive product.” The ITC report contains numerous errors, omissions and analytical problems, as the evidence is clear, that no such product exists.

RVIA will be submitting a petition proactively addressing the issues in last year’s ITC report asking that lauan/meranti from Indonesia be redesignated. Petitions must be submitted by April 18, 2019.

For more information, contact Sam Rocci at srocci@rvia.org.