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Miscellaneous Tariff Bills: Representation & Advocacy

Miscellaneous tariff or trade bills (MTBs) are 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.

MTB duty modifications can yield tremendous cost savings to companies. The primary purpose of MTBs is to help U.S. manufacturers compete at home and abroad by temporarily easing duties on certain products, typically intermediate products or materials, although manufactured goods have been included. 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.

Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg’s government relations and customs professionals have successfully helped dozens of companies receive substantial duty savings through the MTB process.

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