Log in Subscribe Join Grass Roots Action

Senate Passes Customs Bill; Obama Expected to Sign Legislation

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

The Senate last week passed a bill to fund and modernize the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency by a margin of 75-20. The bipartisan bill, which represents the first overhaul of customs and border policies in more than a decade, streamlines rules to stop importers from evading U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties, adds new protections for intellectual property and provides more tools to prevent currency manipulation. The bill also simplifies rules concerning import duties on goods destined to be re-exported and includes a provision authorizing the Administration to reinstate a retaliatory action if such action has terminated previously, paving the way for the U.S. to pursue retaliatory tariffs in response to the European Union’s ban on imports of hormone-treated beef. The House of Representatives passed the bill in December by a vote of 256 to 158. President Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law.

 share on facebook  share on twitter