The National Council of Textile Organisations (NCTO) has called on Congress to move quickly to pass the long-awaited Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which it says will boost US exports, manufacturing and employment.

According to the NCTO, the MTB will aid US manufacturers by suspending or reducing duties on materials not made domestically, reducing costs and increasing competitiveness as a result.

It added that Congress has not passed an MTB since the bill’s expiration at the end of 2012.

“We must invest in our manufacturing sector and domestic economy by creating an environment which encourages US businesses to grow and compete on a global scale,” said NCTO president and CEO, Augie Tantillo.

“By suspending duties on inputs and component materials which are not produced in the United States, American businesses will be able to cut costs and better compete with offshore producers for markets both at home and abroad.”