In a significant move to modernize U.S. trade policy, Representatives Blake Moore and Suzan DelBene have introduced the CNL Update Act of 2023. This pivotal legislation aims to revitalize the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, a cornerstone of U.S. trade for nearly half a century.
The GSP program has historically played a crucial role in fostering international trade relationships and reducing reliance on foreign aid. By allowing duty-free imports from developing countries, it has been instrumental in shaping global trade dynamics.
Since the lapse of the GSP program in 2020, the RV industry has been under significant financial strain. The industry, reliant on imports like Indonesian lauan plywood, has faced monthly duties of approximately $1.5 million, impacting costs and operations.
The CNL Update Act proposes substantial changes to the GSP program. It aims to raise the import ceiling from $210 million to $600 million and introduce a 5% annual growth provision, addressing the program’s outdated Competitive Need Limitations (CNLs).
This legislative change is anticipated to provide much-needed relief to the RV industry. By reforming the CNLs, the Act will ease the financial burdens of tariffs, ensuring a more sustainable import strategy for essential components.
The RV Industry Association (RVIA) has expressed strong support for the bill. Craig Kirby, RVIA president and CEO, highlights its potential to reduce regulatory burdens and costs, ensuring the industry’s continued partnership with key suppliers like Indonesia.
Beyond the RV industry, the CNL Update Act is seen as a strategic move to diversify supply chains away from China. This shift is expected to enhance U.S. national security and support various American industries, as per the News & Insights report of the RVIA.
Representatives Moore and DelBene have emphasized the need for modernized trade policies. Their advocacy reflects a commitment to diversifying supply chains and supporting economic sectors critical to states like Utah and Washington.
The Act is poised to strengthen American leadership in global trade. By modernizing the GSP program, it aims to create more jobs at home and reduce dependency on foreign imports, particularly from China.
The RV community and related industries are likely to welcome this legislative development. It represents a significant step towards more equitable and efficient trade practices, benefiting a wide range of economic sectors.
As the CNL Update Act of 2023 progresses through Congress, its potential to reshape U.S. trade policy is becoming increasingly apparent. The RV industry, along with other sectors, awaits its passage with anticipation.
The CNL Update Act of 2023 marks a pivotal moment in U.S. trade policy. Its impact on the RV industry and broader economic landscape underscores the importance of adaptive and forward-thinking legislative action in an ever-evolving global trade environment.