JUNE 11, 2019 I NAMM I TARIFFS I BY KATIE KAILUS

NAMM Urges Members
to Submit Comments on Tariffs

During a webinar on June 6, NAMM encouraged its members to submit comments to their state politicians in an effort to try and get musical instruments on the next list of China tariff exclusions.

The webinar, moderated by NAMM's Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations Mary Luehrsen, featured: Jim Goldberg of Goldberg & Associates, Chris Cushing of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough and Leo Coco, senior policy advisor at Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough. In the nearly 60-minute webinar, the three experts walked listeners through the latest updates in the trade war with China and explained the importance of attempting to get musical instruments included in the exclusion list for the next round of tariffs that are thought to take effect in late June or early July, as of June 6.

"NAMM cannot do this alone," Luehrsen said. "It's vitally important that our NAMM members get involved in seeking this exemption."

How to Submit Comments
NAMM members can get involved by submitting a public "comment" by contacting the U.S. Trade Representative at regulations.gov by June 17. Coco also noted that it's important for NAMM members to contact their members of Congress to explain in their comment how their businesses and their communities — including their music education programs — will be impacted by another wave of tariffs on musical instruments and goods.

"I urge you to express these concerns in your own way and be very specific to your community and the schools that you deal with," he said. "[It's important to include] aspects of music education and the impact of the tariffs that disproportionately harms schools, families and communities. [Remember to] mention if you have a lesson program and how many people are coming to your business."

Coco also explained the importance of communicating with your member of Congress and keeping them informed when you're communicating with the federal government about something that's important to your business and your community.

"It's important for your member of Congress to understand the economic impact on your particular business which has an impact in that community," Coco said. "When you're looking at the specific members of Congress, in terms of informing them of the detrimental effects of these tariffs nationally and locally in your community and your business, they have oversight over the U.S. trade rep's office. When you're talking to the people who make the policies about trade, the more they hear, the better, and the more impact it's going to have on the policies coming out of the administration."

NAMM has supplied several requirements and bullet points suggestions. Those can be accessed at: namm.org/issues-and-advocacy/trade.

Before sending in your comment, Luehrsen told listeners that
those who want can send her a copy if they should choose to at: MaryL@namm.org. The deadline for submitting comments is
June 17. MI