Senate passes miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) legislation

Miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) legislation

The Senate this evening passed, by unanimous consent, legislation that would affect the tariffs on certain imported products by reviving the miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) process. The House passed the legislation in late April 2016. Thus, the next step is for the bill to be sent to the White House for action by the president.

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Under the MTB process (which expired in 2012) Congress temporarily suspended or reduced tariffs for certain imported products not made in the United States.

Past practice required U.S. firms to ask a member of Congress to sponsor its request for a temporary tariff reduction or suspension. After a thorough vetting process, the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means Committees would draft legislation, known as a miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB), and put into law the agreed-upon tariff reductions or suspensions. The program, in this form, lapsed in 2012.  

New legislation

The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 advances the process by allowing U.S. companies to apply directly to the International Trade Commission (ITC) for tariff relief in conformity with MTB rules, including that there is no domestic production. 

  • The ITC will examine each individual request and submit its recommendations to the Congress. 
  • The Congress then will develop MTB legislation to be enacted into law. By eliminating initiation of individual duty suspension or reduction requests, the legislation is consistent with Senate and House rules.  


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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