IBWA Advocacy Report - Trade and Tariffs, Shipping Legislation Passes, Single Use Plastic Phase Out, and More!
June 16, 2022 by Cory Martin

Trade: Work Continues on Tariffs and GSP Renewal

Last week, Joe Bell with Tyler Mountain Water / Aqua Filter Fresh in Pittsburgh, PA, participated in a press event with the Coalition for Free Trade where he shared the impact that Section 301 tariffs continue to have on his business. Joe shared that "the 301 tariffs are adding extra costs to our business at a time when raw materials, labor, fuel, and energy costs are causing inflation. Every month it seems we have had to adjust pricing on our products. Some of them have going up multiple times just in 2022, but many increases started in 2021." Joe, along with several others representing business from across the country, shared similar concerns with the tariffs and strongly urged the Biden Administration to remove the tariffs to help address inflation. 

This week, several IBWA members and staff met with representatives from the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to discuss media reports that the Biden Administration is considering altering its approach to tariffs. DOC staff could not confirm any reports beyond what was being reported in media. After the meeting, IBWA sent a letter to DOC Secretary Gina Raimondo to reinforce what was discussed with DOC staff. The Biden Administration is in the midst of a statutory 4-year review of Section 301 tariffs. USTR must provide rationale for continuing the tariffs in this review. The bottled water industry will have the opportunity to provide comments in opposition to the tariffs later this summer.  

In late May, 54 members of the U.S. House of Representatives sent a bipartisan letter urging House and Senate leadership to renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) trade program, which expired at the end of 2020. Click HERE to read more.

Legislation to Improve Shipping Delays Passes Congress

Last week, Congress passed the bipartisan Ocean Shipping Reform Act (S. 3580 / H.R. 4996 - OSRA), a bill that seeks to address ongoing supply chain disruptions and congestion. Currently, shipping alliances maintain large percentages of market share and operate with the protection of antitrust immunity. Members of these alliances fail to provide timely vessel bookings and equipment, and they assess extremely high rates and increasing demurrage charges when bookings are secured. Click HERE to read more.

U.S. Department of Interior Issues Order to Phase Out of Single Use Plastics

Last week, the U.S. Department of Interior (DOI) issued an Order to phase out all single use plastic items from use within the Department's jurisdiction. This would include National Parks. This order follows Executive Order 14057, issued in December 2021, that seeks to promote federal sustainability initiatives. The Order mandates that within a year, DOI will have plans finalized that will move national parks and other jurisdictions within DOI away from using single use plastic by 2032. Click HERE to read more.

Thank You to IBWA PAC Contributors in 2022
From January 1 to June 16, 2022

Presidential Level - $4000 to $5000 per year
Tom Harrington     Robert Smith     Joe Doss

Senatorial Level - $1000 to $3999 per year
Joe Bell     Michael Efron     CR Hall     Bob Hidell     Dan Kelly     David Redick     Derieth Sutton     Lou Vittorio     Brad Wester

Congressional Level - $250 to $999 per year
Shayron Barnes Selby     Jason Chambers     Eric DeVanie     Kelley Goshay     Cate Gutowski     Jack West     Cory Martin

Grassroots Level - Up to $249 per year
Nick Kubiak     Maureen Hendrix     Viola Johnson Jacobs     Jillian Olsen

Registration Open for Bottled Water Companies Impacted by New Jersey Recycled Content Law

After a delay due to the redesign of a new online form, bottled water and other companies that are expected to be impacted by New Jersey’s new recycled content law are being encouraged to visit the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s (NJDEP) website and register. The registration instructions and the registration form itself have been updated in the hopes of clarifying which products are covered under the law. Click HERE to read more.

For more information on IBWA advocacy issues, please contact Cory Martin, IBWA Vice President of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4618 or cmartin@bottledwater.org, or JP Toner, IBWA Director of Government Relations, at (703) 647-4616 or jtoner@bottledwater.org.


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