#SaveOurFireworks by Opposing the #BoomTax and Removing Fireworks from the Tariff List

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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