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Release Date: January 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Effective January 13 at all U.S. ports of entry, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will detain cotton products and tomato products produced in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

CBP issued a Withhold Release Order (WRO) against cotton products and tomato products produced in Xinjiang based on information that reasonably indicates the use of detainee or prison labor and situations of forced labor. …

With the implementation of Section 301 Tariffs on imports from China, many companies moved their production out of China to Vietnam. President Trump is currently considering applying Section 301 Tariffs on imports from Vietnam in the final days of his term based on alleged violations related to timber harvesting and currency manipulation. SFIA joined more than 150 businesses and 50 organizations on a letter to President Trump objecting to the use of Section 301 tariffs to address any trade issues with Vietnam. President-elect Biden has not decided on his plan for Vietnam. Please find a copy of the letter here. SFIA will continue to monitor the Vietnam tariff situation and provide updates.

Please contact Bill Sells, SFIA SVP for Government & Public Affairs, at with any questions.

The USTR held hearings last week on the initiation of Section 301 tariffs on Vietnam imports due to alleged illegal timber harvesting and currency manipulation. The President is seriously considering implementing these tariffs in the final week of his term and there is an effort underway to deter this action.

SFIA has signed on to the letter (linked below) on behalf of the industry opposing the implementation of Section 301 tariffs on Vietnamese imports. Businesses are also signing on and the deadline is this week (January 8, 2021).

If you wish to add your business to the letter, and read the letter in its entirety, please click here: collect signatures.

Please contact Bill Sells, SFIA SVP of Government and Public Affairs, with any questions at

While the pandemic has created many obstacles for events in our industry, including annual conferences, such as LaxCon, the AFCA Convention, the ABCA Convention and many others, we have all been able to pivot and continue our mission during these unprecedented times. Like many large conferences, SFIA will continue to host annual specific-sport council meetings, albeit virtually. We will greatly miss seeing our council members in person and gauging the pulse of the industry through each convention, but we hope to be back there soon.

Please see below for the 2021 SFIA Council Meeting Schedule:

SFIA Lacrosse Council Meeting

January 19, 2021–1:00 PM (EST)
Contact: Gregg Hartley ( …

The President signed the year-end omnibus budget and COVID relief package at the end of the year, but unfortunately it did not include the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) or renew the Generalized System of Preferences program (GSP), nor did the USTR take action to extend the expiring product exclusions from China tariffs. The USTR follows the president’s directives and he has been largely silent on China tariffs since the election. The MTB and GSP were not included in year-end legislation as the clock ran out before congress could finalize details due to a contested election and COVID relief post-election. …


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SILVER SPRING, MD (Dec. 30, 2020) — Team sports participation increased 3.2 percent in 2019, largely attributed to growth in more popular team sports, such as basketball (2.9 percent), outdoor soccer (4.5 percent), flag football (3.2 percent) and lacrosse (0.8 percent). The latest 2020 Trends in Team Sports Report from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) tracks team sports participation and trends in America, including youth participation, ethnic breakdowns, gender disparities and much more.

While the report indicates healthy growth in the team sports category, 16 of the 23 team sports tracked actually decreased in participation. Many niche sports, such as ultimate frisbee, paintball, beach/sand volleyball and ice hockey, experienced significant decline. …

In response to the recent initiation of tariffs on U.S. Fitness Equipment entering the E.U., the SFIA reached out to our E.U. counterparts, the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI) and the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI), to engage E.U. Trade Commission on the issue and request a reversal of the new tariff policy on fitness equipment. The E.U. Commission has made it clear they will drop their tariffs, if the U.S. does the same. Negotiations are at a stalemate and there is no indication of a change in U.S. policy during the final days of the Trump Administration. In anticipation of a new USTR and more traditional trade relationship with our European partners, SFIA and IHRSA sent a letter to the USTR requesting elimination of the tariffs and use of alternatives to the tariff strategy employed by the current administration. For further information, please contact SFIA’s Senior Vice President of Government & Public Affairs, Bill Sells, at …


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SILVER SPRING, MD (Dec. 15, 2020) — Dan Arment, President & CEO of Riddell & BRG Sports, has been re-elected as the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) Chairman of the Board for a second one-year term. In addition, two new directors were elected, and four members were re-elected, to the SFIA Board of Directors for three-year terms. This announcement was made at the end of the SFIA’s Annual Meeting, which took place on Dec. 12, 2020.

New additions to the board include Jake Griffith (General Manager for Sports, Fitness & Outdoors; Walmart) and April Lane (Director/General Manager of Sports & Outdoor; Amazon). …

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Sports Marketing Surveys (SMS) is excited to offer a new interactive dashboard tool to enhance its 2020 US sports participation data, produced on behalf of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA). The essential data for the industry comes from the Physical Activity Council of which SFIA is a founding partner. The study has been referred to as “the gold standard in sports participation” by ESPN.

The dashboard is targeted at retailers, brands and federations who purchase multiple sports reports and wish to more quickly and flexibly compare findings across those sports.

This powerful new online tool will allow users to compare at a glance the participation trends across multiple sports and activities. Views compare sports on a topline basis, as well as within demographic sub-categories, making it easier, for example, to analyse sports participation among women aged under 35, or among those who earn over $50,000. The tool shows the last five years of data, making it easy to see which sports and activities are growing fastest among particular groups of participants. …

E.U. offers to drop 25 percent tariffs if U.S. will, but no action expected until new USTR seated

On November 10, 2020, the E.U. announced tariffs on $4 billion in imports from the U.S. in response to the 2019 U.S. action to place tariffs on $7.5 billion in E.U. imports. The nexus of the tariff war are E.U. subsidies to Airbus and U.S. subsidies to Boeing, both violated WTO rules and opened the door to punitive tariffs as a remedy. The U.S. placed tariffs on E.U. imports in 2019 after the WTO ruled in its favor on Airbus, and last month, the E.U. responded in-kind when the WTO ruled in its favor on Boeing subsidies.

The E.U. primarily targeted food and beverage imports for the 25 percent tariff, but also included fitness equipment among the non-food imports for new tariffs. The E.U. Trade Commissioner has stated the future of the tariffs is up to the U.S., as the E.U. will drop the tariffs if the U.S. will do same. To date, the U.S. Trade Representative has not given any signal that the U.S. will change course and drop the tariffs. President-elect Biden has made repairing relationships with our trading partners a priority, so alternatives to these tariffs are expected. …


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