For what its worth, I'll offer up my opinion, though I don't think I have any information that, in principle, we all don't already know. As of a couple of years ago there were five builders: Vanguard, Performance Sailcraft Australia, Performance Sailcraft Japan, Perforamance Sailcraft Japan and Primex. Of these, the first four were trademark holders (or maybe it was three, its never been clear to me if PSJ is a trademark holder or sublicensee) and the last was a sublicensee of PSE. The trademark holders have divided the world up (and these are rough boundaries so take this as for the sake of argument): 1) North America and the Caribbean - Vanguard 2) Japan and some parts of Asia - PSJ 3) Australia and New Zealand - PSA 4) The entire rest of the world - PSE PSE then sublicensed South America, excepting Brazil (don't ask me!), to Primex. Now we have three builders - PSJ, PSA and Laser Performance. Primex, as I understand it, went out of business so, in theory, all of South America reverts to LP territory. In terms of worldwide production, I believe LP is now responsible for producing better than 80% of all Lasers, between two factories. Here in North American (and in the EU as well, I'd guess), we don't really think about the distribution of boats so much... Canada, Mexico and the US are part of NAFTA, import duties from the US to Canada and Mexico are, I bet, not very much. When we buy a boat, its pretty much the same price in North America, I'm guessing, and includes the shipping cost from RI. In some states of the US we also pay sales tax (in the SF Bay Area it can be as high as 8.5%), but, at the end of the day, Lasers are still a bargain in sailing, especially considering the general level of activity in the region. But... if you live in Bermuda, or some of the Caribbean Islands, buying a new Laser involves lots of extra charges, in particular large import duites, that can really drive the price up. At the same time, the market in Bermuda or any given Caribbean Island is not large enough to support their own builder. According to ILCA's Central and South America contacts page, there are some 9 countries in South America with contacts, implying to me at least some level of Laser sailing there. I don't claim to know anything about South American politics and/or economics, but a problem for a South American builder is going to be exporting boats into the other countries, probably resulting in a higher price outside the country of production, ultimately affecting the overall demand, etc. It has to be really tough on a builder if he is only building, say 30-50 boats per year and then has to also be concerned about dealing with all sorts of import/export issues... I bet a contributing factor for why Primex, in the end, had to give up. Since I'm not expert in all the issues surrounding doing business in South America, nor am I at all involved in the efforts to resolve the situation, I'm not going to propose any solutions. But I think its a tough situation with, hopefully, a solution that transports to other areas of the world which are similarly affected.