U.S. Congress Finally Passes a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill
North American Free Trade & Investment Report
In this article, a republishing of a Miller & Chevalier alert
, Richard Abbey, Jay Eizenstat and Saskia Zandieh discuss the U.S. Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (H.R. 4380), signed into law on August 11, 2010. Also referred to as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), the U.S. Senate -by unanimous consent and with the support of over 130 businesses and associations- passed the law on July 27, 2010, following passage in the U.S. House of Representatives on July 21, 2010. The MTB aims to protect and create American jobs and cut the cost of doing business in the U.S. manufacturing industry by suspending duties on imported products that are not available in the United States or where there is no domestic opposition. Specifically, the MTB eliminates the duties on a wide variety of products including, certain types of reusable grocery bags, automobile parts, digital camera lenses, fibers, yarns, chemicals, microwaves, plastic fittings, herbicides and other inputs used by U.S. manufacturers.