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What You Need to Know
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.

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 passed by Congress 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.


Latest News From the NAM
MTB Passage Brings Relief to Manufacturers

“This is without a doubt a major victory and proof that Senate and House leaders have listened to manufacturers’ calls for action. We urge the president to sign the bill quickly as it will eliminate unnecessary border taxes that have been costing manufacturers in the United States hundreds of millions of dollars and undermining their competitiveness.

This legislation will help to level the playing field with competitors overseas who do not endure these punitive taxes. It will strengthen manufacturers’ ability to create jobs and to continue driving innovation in the United States.”

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

Understand the Issue

“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

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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

  • 04/27/2016
    Manufacturers: House Passage of MTB Brings Us One Step Closer to Relief
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after House passage of trade legislation that would establish a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process on imported inputs and products not available in the United States.
  • 04/20/2016
    NAM on MTB: We Can See the Path Forward

    The NAM, along with more than 200 businesses and business organizations, sent a letter to members of Congress today urging movement on bipartisan and bicameral legislation that would enable the elimination of unnecessary taxes on manufacturers of all sizes and calling for swift action on this long-awaited legislation.

  • 04/13/2016
    House and Senate Movement on MTB Invites Wave of Opportunity for Manufacturers

    NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued a statement on the release of legislation in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate reforming the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process.