Brown Announces Plan To Keep Production Costs Low, Help Save Jobs At BASF In Darke County

Three Bills Would Suspend Duties on Chemicals Used by BASF in Greenville for Automotive Coatings and Concrete

WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has introduced three bills to renew duty suspensions on chemicals used by BASF in Greenville to manufacture automotive coatings and concrete.  The bills, which would temporarily suspend duties on chemicals not otherwise produced in the United States, are aimed at keeping production costs low and thereby helping save jobs at BASF.

“Keeping production and overhead costs low for companies like BASF is vital to saving Ohio jobs,” Brown said. “We should do all we can to keep important manufacturing jobs in communities like Greenville. These bills would help ensure that BASF can continue to do business in Darke County.”

Since 1982, Congress has passed legislation to temporarily reduce or suspend tariffs on certain imported products and make technical corrections to U.S. tariff laws.  These bills, known as miscellaneous tariff bills (MTBs), are designed to boost the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturers by lowering the cost of imported inputs without harming domestic firms that produce competing products. Brown’s bills were introduced as part of the MTB process initiated by the Senate Finance Committee and the House Committee on Ways and Means.

Full details on the bills, along with the bill numbers, are below.

S.2492: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on sodium thiocyanate.

S.2493: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on 1,3,5-triazine-2,4,6-triamine, polymer with formaldehyde.

S.2495: A bill to suspend temporarily the duty on certain clearcoat lacquer.

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