Predictable and efficient customs procedures help U.S. manufacturers compete effectively in a global marketplace. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has the dual mission of both facilitating trade and bolstering national security, and a strong CBP reauthorization bill will help expedite the ever-increasing volume of legitimate trade between the United States and its trading partners while also more effectively helping to halt illicit trade. Today, the NAM called for the Senate Finance Committee to mark up its CBP reauthorization legislation and move it to the Senate floor this year.
The Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2013 (S. 662) was introduced by Chairman Max Baucus and Ranking Member Orrin Hatch earlier this year to help reduce costs and delays at the border by modernizing U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), two key trade-related agencies. The Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on the topic in May.
The bill would facilitate trade, advance cooperation among government agencies, strengthen intellectual property and trade remedy enforcement, and set the global standard for border management. In particular, the provisions in Title III of S. 662 would help strengthen CBP’s authority to enforce antidumping and countervailing duty orders and to investigate effectively alleged evasion of those orders.
Improvements to trade facilitation are critical for achieving the President’s goal of doubling exports in five years. Imports and exports are intrinsically linked, as manufacturers import parts and components that are incorporated into final products that are then exported out of the United States.