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Congress Must ACT NOW to Pass a NEW MTB PROCESS!

Congress has a critical opportunity to eliminate unfair and anticompetitive taxes on manufacturers by passing a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process as part of the conference of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644).

A new MTB would eliminate or reduce hundreds of import duties on raw materials and intermediate products that are not produced or available domestically.

The last MTB Congress passed expired on December 31, 2012. Since then, companies have faced an annual $748 million tax hike on manufacturing in the United States and a $1.857 billion economic loss to the U.S. economy.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Testimonials

“Milliken employs 6,000 men and women in the United States and manufactures polypropylene clarifiers and nucleators for use in the packaging, food storage and container markets. Because the raw materials needed are not produced in the United States, we have relied on the MTB process to reduce our overall costs and improve our global competitiveness. Thanks to past MTBs, we’ve been able to add jobs in South Carolina and grow our chemical business. Milliken encourages Congress to find a path forward by reforming the MTB process so manufacturers can take advantage of this needed tax break.” Allen Jacoby, Global Business Manager, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina
“There are 595 American workers in Lasko’s United States facilities that could benefit greatly from the MTB program that expired at the end of 2012. The MTB allowed Lasko to compete against low-cost imports of household electric fans from China, but unfortunately without the MTB, we’ve struggled to maintain our production levels. We are the last American manufacturer of portable oscillating fans and were able to stay competitive in this business with the MTB program and make heavy investment in capital equipment and tooling. We hope Congress will act on the MTB as soon as possible to preserve American jobs and our investment.” Ed McAssey, Chief Operating Officer, Lasko Products, Inc., West Chester, Pennsylvania


What You Need to Know

NAM in the News

  • 05/18/2015
    What US Manufacturing Needs to Succeed (CNBC)
    "Fair and transparent regulations, more competitive taxes, better immigration policies and international trade are important issues that we must address today if we want to continue the momentum of U.S. manufacturing in the future."

Press Releases

  • 04/16/2015
    Manufacturers: Senate Tariff Legislation Is Critical First Step
    National Association of Manufacturers Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on the introduction of bipartisan legislation to reform the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill.
  • 11/19/2014
    Manufacturers Call on Congress to End Tax Hike by Passing Overdue MTB Legislation
    Manufacturers hosted a press conference call today to discuss the urgent need for lawmakers to pass a long-delayed bipartisan jobs bill—the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB). The MTB is critical legislation that would support job creation, spur economic growth and enhance manufacturers’ global competitiveness by eliminating or reducing import duties on hundreds of raw materials and intermediate products that are not available in the United States.
  • 07/17/2013
    Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Offers a Commonsense Solution for Keeping Manufacturers Competitive
    The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today praised the introduction of H.R. 2708, the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), by House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI) and Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI), along with Trade Subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Ranking Member Charles Rangel (D-NY). Manufacturers of all sizes use the vital tariff suspensions contained in the MTB to obtain raw materials, proprietary inputs and other products that are not available domestically. Unfortunately, manufacturers have been operating without an MTB for nearly 200 days, which has meant higher costs and, in some cases, a reduction in employees' hours and even layoffs.