USCIB Urges Senate to Schedule Customs Vote

4556_image001Once passed, the U.S. customs reauthorization bill would update customs laws and procedures to streamline importing and exporting, contributing to economic growth and reduced costs for American businesses. On January 15, USCIB joined 18 other business organizations urging Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to quickly schedule a vote on customs reauthorization legislation.

“We have worked for over a decade to bring this long-overdue legislation to passage, and so we urge you to quickly schedule a vote on the conference report,” USCIB and the other business organizations stated in a letter to Senator McConnel. The letter’s signatories represent a broad cross-section of the American economy, whose members include manufacturers, importers, exporters, wholesalers, retailers and service providers.

The customs bill, contained in a conference report passed by the House in December, has been delayed due to an unrelated provision including an Internet access tax ban.

“It is critical that the Senate complete passage of this bi-partisan legislation and get it to the President’s desk as the efficiencies contained in the bill will contribute to the growth of the U.S. economy,” the letter concluded.

Staff Contact:   Megan Giblin

Director, Customs and Trade Facilitation
Tel: 202.371.9235

Megan Giblin manages USCIB’s work on customs policy, and provides support on trade and investment policy, handling issue management, policy development, and staff support for USCIB committees and working groups. Additionally, she serves as an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) representative to the World Customs Organization’s Harmonized Systems Committee.
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