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Impediments To Trade Can Impose Undue Burdens on Manufacturing

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today announced formation of a new Customs and Border Coalition (CBC) charged with making certain that business concerns are addressed when government agencies are developing security rules and procedures governing export and import of products. "The NAM is launching the CBC because we see a critical need for a unified business voice on border issues," says NAM President and Chief Executive Officer John Engler. "We can have secure borders without shutting down commerce. It is imperative that our leaders understand that the U.S. economy is dependent upon international trade. In this era of deep economic instability and uncertainty, that dependence is more critical than ever." The CBC will bring together individual businesses and associations to review programs and regulations issued by government agencies affecting transportation of manufactured products across the nation's borders, and to assess where changes are needed to assure commerce is not unnecessarily impeded. The CBC will work directly with government officials to make certain that new regulations provide for security concerns without undue economic disruption and costs to U.S. companies that may hamper their competitiveness.

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