September 15, 2006
September 15, 2006 - The Ad Hoc Coalition on Tariffs contacted Sens. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Max Baucus (D-Mont.) respectfully requesting the Senate Finance Committee to move expeditiously in its consideration of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) and to seek Congressional approval before it adjourns this year.
The MTB reduces tariffs on products not available in the United States and used primarily to make other goods that produce value in this country. A MTB is usually considered in each Congress.
The bill has direct implications for the wool industry as it temporarily suspends the 7-percent ad valorem tariff on imported nylon wool packs, which are used on the farm to package and transport wool.
"Removing these tariffs will help reduce costs for U.S. sheep producers," stated Richard Hamilton, chair of the American Sheep Industry Association's Legislative Council and California sheep producer. "Our push is to get legislative approval so the savings can be realized in the next shearing season."
The U.S. House of Representatives is ready to act once the Senate passes its version of the duty suspension package.
Staff contact: Peter Orwick, ext. 33