Manufacturers Call on Senate to Send Customs Bill to President

Timmons: Failure to Move on Bill Is Costing Manufacturers Billions of Dollars Each Year

Washington, D.C., February 11, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following 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:

“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.”

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 14 million men and women, contributes $2.09 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit