EPA Publishes Proposed Fall Sell-Through

HPBA has an important update to share – the EPA is going to release later this evening a PROPOSAL which, if enacted, would provide sell-through for Step 1 appliances until November 30, 2020. After the 45-day comment period (which begins the date the proposal is published in the Federal Register), EPA will make a final decision on the proposal; if EPA grants sell-through, retailers will legally be allowed to … Continue reading EPA Publishes Proposed Fall Sell-Through

New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Over the past two months, the U.S. Trade Representative has made several announcements regarding exclusions from tariffs for some products from China. New exclusions announced on March 26, 2020 include outdoor gas fire pits enclosed in stone (specifically, “Outdoor tables of artificial stone, each measuring no more than 93 cm by 93 cm by 63 … Continue reading New Products Now Excluded from Chinese Tariffs

Use the HPBA Research Library to Help Plan Your Business

In these confusing times, everyone is looking for information – whether there’s an idea of when the changes forced by COVID-19 will end, are there loans for my business, what does this mean for the economy, and many more questions. Due to COVID-19 and its impact, having a well-informed plan and making a data-driven decision … Continue reading Use the HPBA Research Library to Help Plan Your Business

Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

With the Step 2 effective date quickly approaching, it can be expected that businesses will have some Step 1 stoves left in their inventory. To address this, HPBA reached out to and received official word from EPA that a simple donation program could be set up with qualifying non-profit organizations. These approved non-profit organizations will … Continue reading Donation of Remaining Step 1 Wood Heaters and Parts for Tax Deduction

Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

Rachel Feinstein, Senior Manager – Government Affairs, HPBA We initially believed EPA was considering a Direct Final Rule to extend the sell-through for 60 days immediately after May 15, 2020. Based on more recent reports, it appears that EPA is instead publishing a Proposed Rule (which is at the Office of Management and Budget right … Continue reading Sell Through for Step 1 Products: NOT a Done Deal

HPBA COVID-19 Update

As always, these resources and more can be found on our website at https://www.hpba.org/coronavirus. New Paycheck Protection Program Guidance from SBA The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) relaunched yesterday at 10:30 AM. Ahead of the rollout, the Small Business Administration (SBA) released new resources for businesses applying for loans under this second tranche of program funding.This … Continue reading HPBA COVID-19 Update