IAAPA Advocacy Updates
Tariff Reclassification of Attractions Equipment
As part of IAAPA’s continued efforts to support the global attractions industry, the association is pleased to announce the recent approval of the largest change to the Harmonized Code System by the World Customs Organization (WCO) in more than 20 years.
IAAPA has worked diligently over the last three years to appeal the WCO regarding the tariff classification of attractions equipment. The current classification system has affected the attractions industry worldwide, particularly in Latin America and Asia. Due to an outdated tariff classification system, many companies pay increased tariffs to import ride equipment into their countries.
For more than 50 years, attractions equipment has been classified as a consumer good in a miscellaneous category in the “Toys, Games, and Sporting Goods” chapter. IAAPA’s appeal assigns unique Harmonized System (HS) codes for the import/export of attractions equipment, allows for tracking of global market trends, and clearly designates attraction equipment as capital goods.
Now that the WCO Council has approved IAAPA’s proposal, there is a six-month period for any objections. The new nomenclature is set for implementation in the next published Harmonized System in January 2022. IAAPA will share additional details in early 2020 regarding these changes, new codes, and what to expect.
NLGA Passes Resolution Recognizing Amusement Ride Safety in the U.S.
The National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA) in July passed a policy resolution, titled “Resolution in Support of Amusement Ride Safety,” presented by Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser of Louisiana, recognizing amusement ride safety within the United States. The resolution passed unanimously at the NLGA’s annual meeting on July 17 in Wilmington, Delaware. IAAPA drafted the policy resolution using IAAPA’s Guideline for Effective Amusement Ride Safety Regulation in the United States.
“IAAPA is pleased that the Lieutenant Governors unanimously passed this resolution, acknowledging the attractions industry’s continued commitment to safety,” says Erika Scheffer, director of state advocacy, IAAPA. “The passing of this resolution is part of IAAPA’s advocacy efforts, ensuring safe experiences for all and protecting and promoting IAAPA-member interests.”
Louisiana Governor Signs Ride Safety Update Bill into Law
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law on June 11 House Bill 464, a bill that amends the state’s ride safety statute, changing the current law primarily in the following ways:
n Adds the following terms to the definitions section of the statute: “audit,” “child amusement attraction or amusement ride,” “kiddie amusement attraction or amusement ride,” “adult attraction or ride,” and “event.”
n States an inflatable device, amusement attraction, or amusement ride can only be lawfully operated if it has a current certificate of registration, valid registration plate, and registration decal issued by the state fire marshal.
n Requires a third-party inspector, upon completion of each inspection, to submit a certificate of inspection to the fire marshal and to the ride owner.
n Changes the fee structure for an operator who notifies the fire marshal of his or her intent to commence operation for an amusement ride, amusement attraction, or inflatable device fewer than five days prior to commencing operation and provides that fines be assessed over a rolling three-year period.
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