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NACD Welcomes Reauthorization of GSP in Omnibus Funding Bill, Disapproves of Lack of MTB Language
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate for voting to renew the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) while expressing disappointment that the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) was not included in their omnibus government funding legislation. The GSP program will provide importers with tariff relief on nearly 5,000 products from 120 developing countries. The MTB would have provided tariff relief on imported products unavailable domestically in the United States.
Immediate Past NACD Chairman Appointed to STB Council
NACD proudly announces the appointment of Mathew Brainerd, chairman and owner of Brainerd Chemical Company and immediate past chairman of NACD, to serve on the U.S. Surface Transportation Board’s (STB) Rail-Shipper Transportation Advisory Council (RSTAC). He was nominated by Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK), and NACD for the position.
NACD Welcomes House Passage of Generalized System of Preferences Renewal
NACD President Eric R. Byer praised the U.S. House of Representatives in the following statement for renewing the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program that expired at the end of December.
NACD Welcomes Association Health Plans Proposed Rule
NACD President Eric R. Byer applauded the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed rulemaking on the creation of association health plans that would allow businesses to band together to provide their employees with better, more affordable health insurance coverage.
NACD Urges Reauthorization of Generalized System of Preferences
NACD President Eric R. Byer urged the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate to renew the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which provides importers with tariff relief on many products from certain developing countries.
NACD Applauds Sweeping Effort to Reform U.S. Tax Code
NACD President Eric R. Byer welcomed U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate passage of comprehensive legislation that would overhaul our nation’s tax code and provide relief to the American business community.

Tax Cuts for Scrooge McDuck? Dispelling Myths of Tax Reform
By Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL.), featured on

Roger Harris, CEO of Producers Chemical Company in Sugar Grove, Ill., employs about 30 people. He pays plenty in taxes—all told, federal, state and local governments take more of his business income than Roger does. For Producers Chemical, tax reform could mean an extra $150,000 in capital. And for Roger, that doesn’t mean a bigger CEO paycheck. It means he can invest in his business and hire three or four new employees. That means stronger economic growth and more families taken care of in Illinois.

NACD Presents Lifetime Achievement Award to David B. Garner of Brenntag North America, Inc.
NACD awarded the association’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award to David B. Garner of Brenntag North America, Inc. out of Reading, Pennsylvania. He received this award today during the Business Meeting at NACD’s 46th Annual Meeting, the premier chemical distribution industry event of the year. This is only the sixth time in the 46-year history of NACD that this esteemed award has been given.
Senior Leaders at Chem/Serv, Inc. Win the 2017 Distributor of the Year Award
NACD today named both Joseph Fischman and Andrea Nagle of Chem/Serv, Inc., as the 2017 Distributor of the Year. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding commitment to the chemical distribution community and work steadfastly on behalf of NACD and the entire industry.
NACD Members Meet in San Antonio for 46th Annual Meeting
Members of NACD are heading to San Antonio for the association’s 46th Annual Meeting. Chemical distribution industry leaders and their suppliers, customers and colleagues are joining together to discuss opportunities for companies to improve business performance, management skills, recruitment and more, while getting in-depth insights into the latest trends and future of the industry.

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March 23, 2018
US benzene prices track Asian markets lower
HOUSTON (ICIS)— US benzene spot prices widened for the current month but narrowed for the forward month. Prices trended lower towards the end of the...
March 23, 2018
US PE export prices steady as market waits for fresh supply
HOUSTON (ICIS)-- US polyethylene (PE) export prices were assessed unchanged in the week ended 23 March. Improving supply is likely to put some...
March 23, 2018
US propylene spot prices narrow on low end of range
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US spot propylene prices narrowed to the low end of the prior week's range, as increasing production is relatively balanced against...
March 23, 2018
AFPM ’18: China chemical capacity cuts from anti-pollution drive to moderate – Moody’s
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical capacity reductions from China’s ongoing crackdown on air pollution are likely to moderate, an analyst at Moody’s Investors...


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