Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

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What You Need to Know
Congress Must ACT NOW to Pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017

Congress has a critical opportunity to eliminate unfair, out-of-date, distortive and anticompetitive taxes on manufacturers by passing the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017.

A new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) would reduce or eliminate nearly 1,700 taxes on imported products not manufactured or available domestically.

The last MTB passed by Congress expired on December 31, 2012. Since then, businesses have paid billions of dollars of tariffs on products not even made in the United States, to the detriment of good-paying American jobs and American competitiveness.

The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 would eliminate import tariffs of more than $1.1 billion over the next three years and boost U.S. manufacturing output by more than $3.1 billion.

Latest News From the NAM
NAM Welcomes Introduction of MTB Legislation, Urges Quick Congressional Passage

“The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2017 would bolster manufacturing across the United States by temporarily eliminating out-of-date distortive taxes on products not manufactured or available in this country. The NAM urges quick passage by the House and Senate of a comprehensive MTB that will support jobs and manufacturing competitiveness across the United States.”

Ken Monahan, NAM Director of International Trade Policy

Understand the Issue

“Milliken employs 6,000 men and women in the United States and manufactures polypropylene clariers 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 pass the MTB by end of this year so manufacturers can take advantage of this needed tax break.” Allen Jacoby, Global Business Manager, Milliken & Company, Spartanburg, South Carolina
“There are 638 American workers that work in Lasko facilities in Franklin, Tennessee and Fort Worth, Texas that would benefit from the passage of the MTB, which is roughly 68 percent of our total workforce. The MTB program would allow Lasko to compete against low-cost imports of household electric fans from China. Lasko is the last American manufacturer of portable oscillating fans, and has invested heavily in its facilities in an effort to keep them in the United States. Portable fans are a business of pennies and the savings from MTB duty suspensions would allow the company to continue to work on tight operating margins to compete with imports from China. Passage of the MTB would not only allow us to maintain our workforce, but also to continue to source our other manufacturing parts from American suppliers. The MTB is not only benefi¬cial to Lasko, but to American workers and business as a whole. ” 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
    NAM 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.