Passage of Customs Legislation Is a Promise Kept

Today’s strong Senate vote to send the conference report to H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, to the president’s desk for his signature is an enormous victory for manufacturers.  Outdated customs and border policies are costing American manufacturers billions of dollars a year in increased operating costs and unfair trade; they are essentially requiring businesses across the country to compete with one hand tied behind their backs. It is long past time to bring these policies up to date by cutting red tape and implementing practices that will strengthen manufacturers’ ability to compete globally on a fair and level playing field.

In spite of widespread support among many industries, including ours, and across party lines, this legislation has endured a long road to final passage. When Trade Promotion Authority and trade preference and adjustment legislation were enacted more than seven months ago, lawmakers made promises to grow manufacturing in the United States by completing the work on trade facilitation and enforcement legislation. Today’s final passage of this critical trade legislation is an important promise kept to manufacturers big and small throughout the United States.

infographics-01Read NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons’ statement on the importance of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act here.

Learn more about the NAM’s priorities for trade facilitation and customs policies by visiting our website.

Linda Dempsey

Linda Dempsey

Linda Dempsey is the vice president of international economic affairs at the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). In this capacity, Ms. Dempsey leads the NAM’s efforts to improve the global competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States by advocating intellectual property protection, increased export financing and the elimination of trade barriers as well as pushing for agreements and treaties to open up new export markets to create jobs. Ms. Dempsey is noted for her experience on a wide range of international trade and investment policy issues.
Linda Dempsey

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