Washington D.C. – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today joined 12 leading industry associations representing a diverse group of sectors across the U.S. economy in outlining their legislative priorities as Congress considers updates to current U.S. customs laws.
“The business community supports this process and the idea that there needs to be a balance between trade facilitation, which drives prosperity, and enforcement, which keeps Americans safe,” said John Pickel, NFTC Senior Director for International Supply Chain Policy. “The vast majority of traders are compliant and this is an opportunity to recalibrate the relationship between government and responsible industry partners.”
The letter, addressed to Senators Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) as well as Representatives Jason Smith (R-MO) and Richard Neal (D-MA) underscored the importance of trade for our nation’s economy and the role that customs law and rules play in facilitating trade for America’s businesses.
The letter reads, in part: “The last update to the nation’s customs laws made under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 included many important provisions but the trade landscape has changed dramatically since enactment of that law, including the explosive growth of global e-commerce, the emergence of many new actors – good and bad – in the trade environment, post-Covid supply-chain constraints and resiliency planning, and growing attention to supply chain transparency.”
It continues: “Customs modernization should not only provide CBP with appropriate authority and tools to stop unlawful trade, but to facilitate lawful trade, protect good actors, and provide opportunities for the trade community to engage with CBP in advancing its important trade mission.”
The NFTC has previously enumerated many of these priorities, including during testimony by John Pickel during a Senate Finance Committee hearing on Customs Modernization. You can read his testimony and watch a video of the hearing here.
The trade facilitation measures proposed by the business community in the letter include:
Read the letter and recommendations here.
About the NFTC
The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) is the premier business association advancing trade and tax policies that support access to the global marketplace. Founded in 1914, NFTC promotes an open, rules-based global economy on behalf of a diverse membership of U.S.-based businesses.