ABOUT MTB COALITION

The Misc. Tariff Bill (MTB) process allows for the enactment of legislation to temporarily reduce or suspend the U.S. import duties on products that are not manufactured in the United States. These duty suspension bills, which have been regularly considered by Congress for decades, can help boost the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers, their workers, and the broader U.S. economy by eliminating costs for key inputs. The MTB provides savings for companies whose imports do not compete with domestic production. Petitions are carefully vetted by the U.S. International Trade Commission and Executive Branch agencies to ensure they will be non-controversial and will not adversely impact the U.S. domestic manufacturing base. At each step of the way, IBC works with companies throughout the duty suspension process, from preparation of product-specific petitions to final enactment of the MTB in Congress.

The MTB Coalition regularly meets with members of Congress and their staff to inform legislators of the economic importance of duty suspensions. The MTB Coalition actively supported the passage of the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (HR 4923), which set up a new process for the consideration of manufacturing tariff cuts.

The duty suspension process has increased in importance to U.S. manufacturing in recent years, as companies require the elimination of import duties to remain competitive in the global marketplace. The MTB Coalition has successfully represented the interests of U.S. manufacturers during this period of economic challenge.