National Fireworks Association
Started 2 petitions
#SaveOurFireworks by Opposing the #BoomTax and Removing Fireworks from the Tariff List
Dear Friend of Fireworks, Consumer fireworks is mostly a seasonal business but we have seen growth in year round sales as interest and use continues to grow. Our industry has an annual economic impact of nearly $900 million in consumer sales and there is no sign in it slowing down. Our industry and customers are now facing a new challenge with steep tariffs on our devices. The Trump Administration has proposed a 25 percent tariff on select imports from China and fireworks is on the list. It’s important to understand that our only source for nearly all of today’s consumer fireworks is China. With the regulatory and wage environment in America today, very little if any consumer fireworks can be produced here. This proposed tariff is an excise tax resulting in an estimated $200 million in increased cost for the consumer at the point of sale. Or as we call it, the #BoomTax. The distributors and retailers who deal in fireworks around the Fourth of July are primarily small family-run businesses and non-profit organizations. The fireworks stands and tents we either operate or sell to in grocery store parking lots and on the roadsides serve as fundraising opportunities for organizations like school boosters, churches and veterans’ organizations. This unfair tax will raise the cost of firework devices significantly, hurting the very organizations that make up the fabric of America. Fireworks are one of the few things that bring our communities and neighborhoods together in the celebration of freedom and we need a little more of that in today’s America. They’re both safe and affordable and we need to keep them that way. So say no to the #BoomTax. Join us in signing the petition telling United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and the Trump Administration to remove fireworks from the proposed tariff list. Sincerely, National Fireworks Association
Soon, the Consumer Product Safety Commission will take a misguided action that will change the consumer fireworks industry as we know it. Rather than getting the visual performance that we’re used getting from our fireworks, the CPSC’s proposed rule will change the way our fireworks look. This has the potential to disappoint customers, resulting in fewer sales and a negative effect on your bottom line. The CPSC’s proposed regulation will alter the amount of powdered metal used to create heat to ignite the color stars intermixed in the break charges of consumer fireworks. What that means to those of us who consume nearly 230 million pounds of these fireworks annually is that those fireworks would be less colorful but no safer. The Commission’s proposed rule would require consumer fireworks’ break charges to only contain black powder, which would dramatically decrease the visual effect performance of consumer fireworks and thus make them less marketable. The rule would also subject consumer fireworks to X-Ray Fluorescent testing increasing the current product failure rate from 17 percent to 84 percent, based upon independent test results. This scenario will lead to fewer fireworks being available for the enjoyment of the consumers, our customers. The Small Business Administration has weighed in on the debate, saying that it was concerned that the CSPSC proposed this regulation without factual basis and cited the significant impact it would have on small businesses. It even suggested steps for the CPSC to take to make the rule less damaging to small businesses. The NFA and our members have a better option. We just need the CPSC to listen and work with us to get it right for safety and product performance. They need to vote down this current NPR and #saveourfireworks!