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INDA applauds lawmakers on tariff efforts

May 17, 2012

Bill will correct harmonized tariff schedule to benefit U.S. manufacturers.

Bills sponsored by two Ohio legislators—Senator Sherrod Brown (D–OH) and Representative Jean Schmidt (R–OH-2nd)—making a technical correction to the U.S. Harmonized Tariff Schedule have been recognized by INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, as a significant step toward a fairer, more effective trade for American manufacturers.

The correction specified in the two bills simplifies the tariff treatment of modern hygiene absorbent products. The proposed change brings U.S. regulation into conformance with the 2007 US and EU joint proposal to the World Customs Organization. In addition, the new classification will help streamline commerce at no cost to taxpayers.

“INDA wishes to recognize the leadership of Senator Sherrod Brown and Representative Jean Schmidt for sponsoring bills to make a technical correction to the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the US,” says INDA President Rory Holmes. “The nonwovens industry appreciates the support of Sen. Brown and Rep. Schmidt for taking this key step to improve the export competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers.”