NMMA and MRAA Hold Historic Summit on Model Year Enforcement Policy
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
WASHINGTON, D. C., Updated Sept. 2, 2012 – The
Retailers Association of the Americas (MRAA) and the National
Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) have come together to submit
a consensus proposal to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) regarding model year
enforcement. The USCG is currently reviewing
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The USCG formal definition of a
boat’s model year begins on August 1st and ends on July 31st.
However, for many years boat manufacturers produced new vessels on their own
timeline, in accordance with informal USCG guidance. In the spring of this
year, the industry became aware that the USCG began enforcing the August 1
model year start date, leaving manufacturers with compliance problems that
would require the shutdown of boat manufacturing facilities for as much as
eight weeks during the summer, resulting in the potential loss of jobs and
important economic impact.
Following a meeting with the USCG,
NMMA was asked to work with the recreational boating industry to develop a
consensus position on the definition and enforcement of the model year. In an historic meeting, board members from
the MRAA and NMMA met to develop a recommendation and have since submitted it
to the USCG. This was the first time on
record that the two associations have come together to develop a workable
The solution offered would keep the
model year target date at August 1, but includes a 61-day grace period prior to
August 1 during which new model year products may be shipped. The proposed solution includes two
exemptions: First, manufacturers of boats 30 feet and over will have the
freedom to designate model year without regard to the August 1 target date and
grace period. Second, manufacturers may
introduce an entirely new model mid-year with the next-model-year
designation. New models are defined as
significantly structurally different than any model in the manufacturer’s
current line-up. In the case of both exceptions, the product cannot be shipped
before January 2.
MRAA and NMMA have delivered the
proposal to the USCG and requested its implementation.
"Through a commitment to partnership
and cooperation, the industry has come together to develop this important
proposed solution,” says NMMA President Thom Dammrich. "We anxiously await
feedback from the Coast Guard.”
"What makes me proud about this
recommendation is that although both sides of this conversation came into the
meeting with very disparate positions, after hours of constructive
conversation, we were able to walk out with a recommendation that we could all
live with,” says Matt Gruhn, President of the MRAA. "This meeting was underscored
by a commitment to partnership, and I am happy that we now have definition to
this long-debated industry issue.”
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NMMA: National Marine
Manufacturers Association (NMMA) is the leading association representing the
recreational boating industry in North America. NMMA member companies produce
more than 80 percent of the boats, engines, trailers, accessories and gear used
by boaters and anglers throughout the U.S. and Canada. The association is
dedicated to industry growth through programs in public policy advocacy, market
statistics and research, product quality assurance and promotion of the boating
lifestyle. For more information visit www.nmma.org.
About MRAA: Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2012, the
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas is the only North American
association dedicated to furthering the interests of boat and engine dealers
and other marine-related retailers throughout North America. Under the umbrella
of MRAA Rewards, the MRAA offers a host of cost-saving, revenue-generating, business-improvement,
and professional-development benefits exclusively for its members. MRAA is the
united voice of marine retailers. For more information, visit www.MRAA.com.