A renewed focus on small business is a welcome addition to the recently agreed-upon United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), particularly given that so many of our members fall into this category. The new trade deal not only recognizes their importance to our economy, but also looks to support and encourage future growth by requiring each country to carefully consider the potential effects of future rules and regulations on how they operate.
As a part of the amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has the authority to charge fees to chemical manufacturers and importers for the risk evaluations of chemicals in commerce. In late 2019, EPA designated as final 20 high-priority chemicals which now move directly into the risk evaluation process.
Beginning October 11, 2019, importers can submit a petition to the International Trade Commission (ITC) to reduce or suspend the duties of imported materials for three years. The 2019 Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) petition cycle is intended to reduce or remove duties on goods where no U.S.-made equivalent is available. The opportunity to submit a petition is open until December 10, 2019, after which it will close for three more years.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published the final rule on TSCA User Fees and officially began collecting the new fees for TSCA activities on October 1. NACD has been closely involved in the development of the rule. We submitted our initial comments in August of 2016 and then sent more extensive comments in February 2018 based on EPA’s proposed rule.
In early March, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of 1,300 products that would be subject to an additional 25 percent tariff duty rate when imported from China. As importers of chemical products from China, many NACD members have told us about the impact the tariffs will have on them if implemented. These tariffs, commonly known as the Section 301 China tariffs, would result in an overall $50 billion price tag that will be passed directly on to the U.S. consumer in the form of higher product prices.
People often hear the word ‘chemical’ and think the worst – hazardous, dangerous, toxic. But the reality is much different. New U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) numbers demonstrate how NACD's environmental, health, safety, and security program helps association member facilities minimize their environmental impact.
Almost one year ago, the only environmental law to be enacted in the Obama administration passed with overwhelming bipartisan support. The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act (now commonly called LCSA) was signed on June 22, 2016 and revised its predecessor, the Toxic Substances Control Act. LCSA in fact gave greater power to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to act against high-risk chemicals and allowed for further manufacturer certainty when interacting with the agency.