The Manufacturing Tariff Bill Coalition, or MTB Coalition for short, brings together many large and small users of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process. Management of the MTB Coalition is provided by IBC, which for over 25 years has provided leadership on MTB issues, advocating for passage of duty suspension legislation, and keeping members of our Coalition informed of and involved in all developments related to the duty suspension process.
The 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. Duty suspension bills provide tariff (a form of tax) savings for companies whose imports do not compete with domestic production. Bills are carefully vetted by House and Senate trade committees, 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. These individual bills are subject to rigorous transparency and disclosure filings by both Congress and the Executive Branch. At each step of the way, IBC works with companies throughout the duty suspension process, from preparation of product-specific legislation to final enactment 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 has worked to explain the difference between the MTB and earmarks, and coordinated with other supporters to show how enactment of MTB legislation can create billions in new U.S. economic output and an estimated 90,000 U.S. jobs.
The MTB Coalition has been focused on keeping the duty suspension process alive, supporting legislation such as the United States Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010 (H.R. 4380 of the 111th Congress), which was signed into law by President Obama in August 2010. 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.