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Miscellaneous Tariff Bills Representation & Advocacy

Duty Savings Opportunities

MTB duty modifications can yield tremendous cost savings to companies. This unique window of opportunity for duty savings is available only once every couple years, with the next period between October 11, 2019 and December 10, 2019.

The primary purpose of MTBs is to lower the general, Most Favored Nation (MFN), tariff and duty costs for goods that are not produced in the United States and are imported at relatively low levels. As a general rule, MTB requests should be non-controversial, meaning there should be no domestic production of a competing product or opposition from U.S. producers. Furthermore, the U.S. government’s foregone revenue for each duty suspension approved under the MTB must be less than $500,000 per year.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s government relations and customs professionals have decades of successful prior experience helping dozens of companies receive substantial duty savings through the MTB process, and can assist to:

  • review import data and identify potential duty suspension candidates;
  • review HTS classifications for selected goods;
  • analyze potential for domestic production and meeting the duty cost limits;
  • draft and provide advice regarding provision language that may help meet the duty suspension requirements, including enforceability;
  • properly file petition(s) and respond to questions from different US agencies during the review process; and
  • remain engaged to remove potential obstacles and work with Congress toward a positive result.

Schedule a complimentary consultation about our MTB services. 

What is a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill? 

Miscellaneous tariff or trade bills (MTBs) are a legislative initiative that provides for three-year reductions or suspensions of duties on certain U.S. imports or other permanent technical corrections to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the U.S. Once approved by Congress, these provisions are included under HTSUS heading 9902.

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J. Nicole Bivens  Collinson
T: 202.730.4956
President, International Trade & Government Relations
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David F.  Olave
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Associate & Trade Policy Advisor
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Gilbert Lee  Sandler
T: 305.894.1000
Founding Member
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Edward  Steiner
T: 202.730.4970
Senior Director, International Trade & Government Relations
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Jerry  Weller
T: 202.730.4984
Senior Advisor
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