One of our most important roles is ensuring the unique interests of the foreign-trade zone community are effectively represented, recognized, and advanced in Washington. We advocate for the practical application of international trade policies and regulations to achieve maximum simplicity and effectiveness for the FTZ community. Check out our advocacy presentation from the 2020 Legislative Summit.
The NAFTZ works hard to ensure congressional decision-makers and government agencies (including U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CBP] and the Foreign-Trade Zone Board) understand the significant local and national economic impact of America’s foreign-trade zones. NAFTZ’s diverse membership contributes significant expertise and informed perspectives to major policy discussions in Washington.
Top Priority Action Alert – USMCA Rules of Origin
The National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones is appealing to its entire membership to support the association’s efforts to block an attempt by the Office of the United States Trade Representative to re-impose a harmful NAFTA restriction on manufacturing companies in FTZs through a “technical corrections” bill to amend the implementing legislation for the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement that was signed into law in January.
The call-to-action follows a letter recently sent by NAFTZ President Erik Autor to the Chairmen and Ranking Minority Members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee, asking them to oppose USTR’s legislative maneuver. Now, NAFTZ is asking all its members to contact their own United States Senators and Members of the House of Representatives, to ask them to support NAFTZ’s position and to express that support to the committees’ leaders – Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), Rep. Richard Neal (D-Massachusetts) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas).