USCIB Applauds Agreement on Final Customs Bill, Urges Swift Passage

Golden_GateWashington, D.C., December 10, 2015– The United States Council for International Business (USCIB) welcomed yesterday’s announcement that the Customs Conferees have issued a final bipartisan, bicameral, Conference report on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. We applaud Congressional Leadership and appointed Conferees for moving this vital bill forward. We continue to urge Congress to take prompt action and pass the reconciled Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 before Congress adjourns.

“American business needs this legislation, which is long overdue and sets the United States on a path to remain in the top-tier of nations when it comes to trade facilitation and customs modernization,” said USCIB President and CEO Peter Robinson. “We will work to get the bill passed and signed into law as quickly as possible.”

Last week, USCIB was joined by 21 other businesses organizations representing every sector of the American economy in signing a letter to Congressional leadership urging legislators to resolve outstanding issues and pass the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 before Congress adjourned.

“[W]e strongly encourage the passage of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement bill within the 2015 legislative calendar,” the letter stated. “Continued customs modernization is essential to providing U.S. Customs and Border Protection the support it needs to safeguard America’s borders while enhancing economic prosperity, and ensuring stability for American importers and exporters.”

About USCIB:

USCIB promotes open markets, competitiveness and innovation, sustainable development and corporate responsibility, supported by international engagement and regulatory coherence. Its members include U.S.-based global companies and professional services firms from every sector of our economy, with operations in every region of the world. With a unique global network encompassing leading international business organizations, including ICC, USCIB provides business views to policy makers and regulatory authorities worldwide, and works to facilitate international trade and investment. More at www.uscib.org.

Contact:
Jonathan Huneke, USCIB
+1 212.703.5043, jhuneke@uscib.org

Staff Contact:   Kira Yevtukhova

Deputy Director, Marketing and Communications
Tel: 202.617.3160

Kira Yevtukhova manages USCIB’s print and online publications, including the website, e-newsletter and quarterly magazine, and serves as the organization’s digital media strategist. Prior to this role, Kira worked for over five years within USCIB’s Policy Department, focusing on climate change, environment, nutrition, health, and chemicals related policy issues. She is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College and is currently pursuing an MBA at Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business.
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