SIGN-ON LETTER: Pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

Manufacturers and business organizations are mobilizing to urge Congress to pass Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill temporarily removes or reduces anti-competitive tariffs on goods that are not made domestically or are not available in sufficient quantities in the United States. The last MTB expired after Dec. 2020 and since then, manufacturers and other businesses in the United States have been at a disadvantage compared to foreign competitors. Amidst a global pandemic, severe supply chain shortages and other hurdles, the lack of action on the MTB is yet another challenge. 

Join us in telling Congress that it has the opportunity to support manufacturers, businesses, workers and consumers in the United States by passing bipartisan MTB legislation by the end of the year.

This letter is open to companies, business and industry associations, state and local chambers and allied organizations. Non-NAM member companies, associations and other organizations are welcome to join, as well. The deadline to sign onto this letter is Tuesday, November 30 at 12:00 p.m. EST . You will receive a copy of the final letter when it is distributed to Congress.

Please contact Ali Aafedt, the NAM’s Director of Trade Facilitation Policy, with any questions.

Thank you for your support.

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SIGN-ON LETTER: Pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

November XX, 2021

 

The Honorable Nancy Pelosi

Speaker of the House

United States House of Representatives

H-232, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

The Honorable Charles Schumer

Majority Leader

United States Senate

S-221, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20510

 

The Honorable Kevin McCarthy

Republican Leader

United States House of Representatives

H-204, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20515

 

The Honorable Mitch McConnell

Minority Leader

United States Senate

S-230, The Capitol

Washington, DC 20510

 

Dear Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Leader McConnell and Leader McCarthy: 

The undersigned associations and businesses in manufacturing and other sectors of the U.S. economy urge Congress to pass a comprehensive Miscellaneous Tariff Bill by the end of the year. Doing so will support the competitiveness and growth of manufacturers and other businesses in the United States and the millions of American workers they employ at a critical time.

The MTB temporarily reduces or suspends tariffs on goods that are not made domestically or are not available in sufficient quantities in the United States. The previous MTB expired after December 2020, and since then, manufacturers and other businesses have been paying $1.3 million per day in anti-competitive tariffs. As manufacturers and businesses work to lead the U.S. economic recovery in the face of supply chain constraints, shipping challenges, rising prices and other COVID-19-related issues, Congress can lift one hurdle by passing the MTB.

It is critical that the Congress pass a comprehensive MTB into law with substantial retroactivity. Congress must also renew the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016, thereby retaining a process that includes robust analysis of a broad range of MTB petitions by the U.S. International Trade Commission and other U.S. government agencies, as well as the ability of Congress to object to the inclusion of individual MTB petitions, as can be done currently.

Based on analyses by the National Association of Manufacturers, the MTB would eliminate import tariffs of more than $1.5 billion over three years (with full retroactivity to January 2021), bolstering manufacturers and other businesses in the United States, especially small and medium-sized manufacturers. This tariff relief translates into U.S. economic growth: According to the U.S. International Trade Commission, tariff relief under the previous MTB boosted U.S. GDP annually by as much as $3.3 billion and output annually by as much as $6.3 billion.

In 2018, the MTB passed both chambers of Congress unanimously, and in June 2021, the Senate voted by a margin of 91-4 to include the MTB and other trade priorities in the United States Innovation and Competition Act.

The MTB supports manufacturers and other sectors in the U.S. and the workers they employ, but the lack of action on the MTB adds yet another hurdle to a slew of challenges. Congress must support U.S. jobs, competitiveness and growth by passing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill as soon as possible this year.

Sincerely,