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Reviewing the MTB, The Reality of its Expiration
The Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) allows companies importing products into the United States to petition the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) for the removal or reduction of the applicable tariffs. The USITC will consider objections to domestic producers of the product in question and consult the Department of Commerce before arriving at their final decision.
The MTB gives the U.S. the ability to compete globally, maintain a strong supply chain of critical materials, and make positive contributions towards the economy. It directly affects more than 3,000 imports that are not available in the U.S. In most cases, Congress is responsible for determining MTB eligibility based on the USITC report, which is curated after evaluating submissions from the trade.
While the 117th Congress had several proposals for the renewal of the MTB, there are no current proposals of legislation for renewal in the present 118th Congress.
Bills included in the 117th Congress promoting the MTB were as follows:
- H.R. 4521 (United States Innovation and Competition Act)
- H.R. 4037 (Trade Preferences and American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act)
- H.R. 3975 (Generalized System Preferences and Miscellaneous Trade Act Modernization Act)
All bills failed to become law. So, what is the reality of MTB’s expiration?
To put it simply, there is a high cost of inaction when it comes to the MTB. Since its expiration in December 2020, manufacturers and other businesses have experienced tariffs accumulating to more than $1 billion, which equates to around $1.3 million per day – for goods they cannot source in the United States. With these goods in high demand, that is, due to their role in production as most of them are raw materials, companies are left with no choice but to succumb to the extreme rates.
The cost of inaction directly affects prices for consumers, manufacturers’ ability to maintain needed staffing levels, and potential opportunities for current workers. U.S. manufacturers are left with unfortunate decisions to make, most of which are detrimental to both personal and national success. Threats of transferring operations offshore, to obtain large cost savings, is not out of the picture for many American manufacturers.
While allowing for ad hoc tariff exemptions to products, particularly those that do not have domestically produced competition, U.S. businesses save on their manufacturing costs thereby making their end product more affordable to American consumers; however, this cannot be reality in some cases while the MTB remains expired.
While the question of renewal of the MTB still remains tabled, numerous companies and associations have sent letters to Congress’ Ways and Means Committee, as they hold initial jurisdiction over legislation to amend the U.S. tariff schedule and produce corrections to trade legislation, urging the Committee to consider the renewal of the MTB.
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Contributor: Abigail Hiott
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