US: Apparel and footwear firms eye MTB tariff relief
Legislation that seeks to suspend import tariffs on raw materials and some finished products that have no domestic manufacturing has been introduced in the House and Senate during the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process.
The US Job Creation and Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2013 would reinstate recently expired tariff suspensions on inputs used by US apparel and footwear manufacturers or products no longer made in the United States.
"This bill will provide US manufacturers with access to critical inputs to remain competitive in the global market while also suspending or reducing duties on over a dozen types of footwear no longer made in the US," explained Kevin Burke, president and CEO of the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA).
The MTB temporarily reduces or suspends import duties on hundreds of individual products.
The individual provisions included in the MTB are subject to thorough vetting process to ensure they are non-controversial. MTB packages have been considered and overwhelmingly approved by virtually every Congress over the last 20 years.
In recent years, the legislation has included provisions temporarily reducing or eliminating import duties on a variety of footwear, apparel, and textiles.
However, the Obama Administration in November last year objected to footwear and apparel bills introduced as part of the 2012 MTB process.
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