WASHINGTON, Dec. 11, 2015 – Airlines for America (A4A), the industry trade organization for the leading U.S. airlines, today applauded the House passing the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644) and urged the Senate to follow before the end of the year as the legislation is vital to streamlining the border clearance process to facilitate shipping and encourage economic activity.
The bill, which has strong bipartisan support, will strengthen the relationship between the trade community and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). In addition, the bill’s provisions on CBP’s preclearance facilities will ensure that decisions to pursue these facilities take into account the impact on U.S. security and economic interests.
“Airlines for America appreciates the recent House and Senate agreement on the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015 (H.R. 644),” said A4A President and CEO Nicholas E. Calio. “Continued customs modernization is essential to providing CBP the tools needed to protect the United States while simultaneously enabling the movement of goods and people.”
A4A said the legislation enhances security and also provides a modern interface for American importers, exporters and their air carrier partners.
Annually, commercial aviation helps drive $1.7 trillion in U.S. economic activity and more than 10 million U.S. jobs. U.S. airlines fly 2.4 million passengers and more than 58,000 tons of cargo each day. Airlines for America (A4A) advocates on behalf of the American airline industry as a model of safety, customer service and environmental responsibility and as the indispensable network that drives our nation’s economy and global competitiveness.
A4A works collaboratively with the airlines, labor, Congress, the Administration and other groups to improve aviation for the traveling and shipping public.