Sunday, August 5, 2018

MTB Update

On July 26, 2018, the US Senate unanimously passed the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018 (MTB; H.R. 4318) with amendments. The MTB provides duty suspensions and reductions that will remain in place until December 31, 2020. The MTB must now go back to the US House of Representatives, which had passed a similar, but not identical, version of the MTB on Jan. 16, 2018 by a vote of 402-0. The Senate removed Sec. 324 (propargyl butylcarbamate), Sec. 372 (the pesticide esfenvalerate), Sec. 1389 (rotary cutting hand tools), Sec. 1564 (electric commercial vehicles), Sec. 1118 (collapsible insulated bags) and Sec. 1399 (full-tang knives) from the MTB. The Senate amendment also made changes to Sections 1274, 1275, and 1305, all relating to certain boots.

No product added to the House MTB at the request of Agathon Associates' clients are among those removed or modified in the Senate bill.

If passed by the House and signed by the President, it will take effect in 30 days.

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