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 – Ask Your Senators to Support Sen. John Cornyn’s Effort to Block USTR’s Harmful USMCA Rules of Origin “Technical Correction”
Senator John Cornyn of Texas is leading a bipartisan effort 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.
On December 1, Senator Cornyn sent a joint letter co-signed by five Senate colleagues to USTR Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, requesting that he abandon the effort to re-impose the FTZ restriction through a technical corrections bill. The joint letter characterized the effort as an attempt to impose a $2 billion tax increase on FTZ manufacturing companies.
NAFTZ has issued an Action Alert requesting all members to contact their own U.S. Senators and ask them to add their names to Sen. Cornyn’s joint letter.