Customs Authorization Still Remains on Congressional Trade Agenda
July 21, 2015
Congress achieved a huge task on the trade agenda this summer with passage of Trade Promotion Authority, but work still remains to enact Customs Authorization legislation. In June, the House voted by a 240-190 majority to pass H.R. 644, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. ¬†The House version now goes to a conference committee, where it will be reconciled to a similar version of the bill previously passed by the Senate. The two bills are almost identical on ACE/ITDS funding and implementation, which the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones strongly supports. NAFTZ members have a vital interest in Customs automation, with the FTZ program accounting for more than 12% of U.S. imported goods.