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UPS Commends Legislation Modernizing U.S. Customs, Border Protection

February 16, 2016

UPS has commended the Senate and House on passing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The company called on President Barack Obama to sign it into law.

“This legislation takes time and unnecessary cost out of cross-border trade and will broadly bolster the nation’s customs enforcement efforts,” said UPS Global Public Affairs President Laura Lane. “We want to thank all the members of the House and Senate for their leadership, and particularly those that led the efforts, including Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, Senate Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and House Ways & Means Chairman Kevin Brady.”

UPS said it handles more than 6 percent of the U.S. GDP and 2 percent of the global GDP every day, making the logistic provider well-qualified to assess the impact of customs modernization on the U.S. economy.

“The bill includes important provisions such as raising the de minimis threshold from $200 to $800, which particularly benefits small and medium enterprises,” Lane added.

Additionally, UPS noted, the new legislation codifies and improves the President’s Executive Order on International Trade Data System (ITDS) or the Single Window (one government at the border) program. Implementation of the ITDS is a priority for UPS as it would enable companies to electronically transmit, through a “single window,” the data required by each of the U.S. Government agencies to import or export cargo, according to the company.

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