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July 20, 2008 

Forty Trade Associations Sign Letter Supporting 10+2 Pilot Program Before Final Rule is Issued

A broad coalition of 40 industry and trade associations have signed a letter urging Members of Congress to request U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to conduct a prototype program on the proposed "10+2 Rule" prior to issuance of a final rule.

The letter states:

The proposed rule, which requires 10 new categories of data to be collected on U.S.-bound shipments 24 hours before loading in foreign ports, raises serious concerns for both large and small companies from every sector who depend on imported final products, parts and components for their U.S. operations.

Implementing the proposed rule, as presently drafted, will significantly raise the cost of doing business at a time when increasing global competition and a slowing domestic economy are creating new stresses on U.S.-based manufacturers and companies from every sector. The proposed rule will cost U.S. companies over $20 billion annually—costs that will be passed down to the consumer at a time when hardworking families can least afford it.
The letter also indicates that:
We believe that a prototype program conducted to the specifications of the proposed rule would be the best method for evaluating the proposed rule’s impact on both security and business as well as for identifying ways to improve the rule before the government and industry invest billions of dollars in implementation.

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