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WHAT’S AT STAKE »

Current customs and border policies are costing American manufacturers billions of dollars a year in increased operating costs, and preventing manufacturers from moving their products in and out of the United States efficiently.

Outdated customs rules and bottlenecks impede the just-in-time manufacturing process which is so critical to the productivity and efficiency of the U.S. manufacturing sector.

Regulations and policies must be created to serve our national security needs without unduly burdening legitimate commerce and our economic competitiveness.

To compete on a level playing field, manufacturers need reliable and efficient mechanisms to ensure enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws.


The NAM supports a new approach based on strong risk-management principles that provide security without delaying low-threat imports vital to American industry. More must be done to create new modern operating procedures that facilitate the efficient movement of goods while protecting the integrity and authenticity of those goods.


LATEST NEWS FROM NAM »
Manufacturers Call on Senate to Send Customs Bill to President

“The Senate should waste no more time and send this customs bill to the president’s desk. If senators want to grow manufacturing in the United States, then they should pass this bill immediately. Our nation’s current customs and border policies are costing manufacturers billions of dollars each year and putting us at a competitive disadvantage. By streamlining procedures that will cut red tape and facilitate legitimate trade, this bill would provide one of the most concrete improvements to our customs and border policies in over a decade."

“With 95 percent of the world’s customers living outside the United States, trade is essential to creating opportunity and securing jobs here at home. Passage of this bill would be a major step in the right direction toward helping manufacturers reach new customers and sell our products in new markets.”

President and CEO Jay Timmons, February 11, 2016

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NAM in the News

  • 01/15/2016
    New Year, New Crack at Critical Customs Legislation (The Hill)

    Current customs rules that have not fully embraced technological and trade advances cost manufacturers in the United States billions of dollars a year in increased bottlenecks, operating expenses and unfair competition.

  • 09/26/2015
    It's Time to Move on a Customs Bill (Washington Examiner)

    Outdated customs and border policies are costing American manufacturers billions of dollars a year in increased operating costs and unfair competition, while also preventing manufacturers from moving their products in and out of the United States efficiently.

Press Releases

  • 02/11/2016
    Manufacturers Call on Senate to Send Customs Bill to President
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement ahead of a vote today by the U.S. Senate to end debate and proceed to final passage on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, long-awaited, widely supported legislation that would update and improve U.S. customs and border policies.
  • 12/11/2015
    Manufacturers Applaud House Action on Customs Conference Report
    NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued a statement on House passage today of long-awaited, widely supported legislation updating and improving U.S. customs and border policies.