On August 11, 2010, President Barack Obama signed legislation to reinstate tariff suspension for hundreds of products. The Manufacturing Enhancement Act of 2010, commonly referred to as the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, was passed by the House of Representatives by a vote of 378-43 on July 21, 2010. The Senate passed an identical version of the bill unanimously on July 27, 2010. The legislation reinstates hundreds of duty suspensions that expired on December 31, 2009. Under the legislation, importers have the opportunity to recover duties paid on covered products imported into the United States on or after January 1, 2010. Among the products included in the legislation are chemicals, fibers, and reusable grocery bags.
For more information on the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill, please see previous issues of this newsletter.