Manufacturers Applaud House Action on Customs Conference Report

Urge Swift Action to Improve Trade Facilitation and Enforcement

Washington, D.C., December 11, 2015 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on House passage today of long-awaited, widely supported legislation updating and improving U.S. customs and border policies:

“Today’s vote will bring us one step closer to updating our nation’s outdated customs and border policies and improving trade facilitation and enforcement. It’s now time for the Senate to keep its commitment to growing manufacturing in the United States by moving on this legislation as soon as possible.”

“Our current policies and failure to enforce trade rules are costing manufacturers billions of dollars each year and allowing unfair competition to undermine U.S. manufacturing operations without remedy. This legislation will address many of these problems through provisions that would modernize customs processes, cut red tape and offer new mechanisms, such as the Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion (ENFORCE) Act, to improve enforcement of trade rules and protect intellectual property rights. The bill also reauthorizes the State Trade and Export Promotion program, which provides an important mechanism by which small businesses can advance their export opportunities overseas. As the U.S. continues to seek new trade opportunities and level the playing field globally, this legislation will make major advances that will foster manufacturing growth and support American jobs.”

Read more about manufacturers’ trade priorities in Dempsey’s op-ed, “It’s Time to Move on a Customs Bill,” as published in the Washington Examiner.


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