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  1. SOCMA: Increase in China Tariffs to Place Disproportionate Burden on Specialty Chemical Manufacturers

    Arlington, VA – The Trump Administration’s decision to raise tariff rates from 10 to 25 percent on $200 billion in Chinese imports will disproportionately burden specialty chemical manufacturers, according to a statement released today by the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA). 

  2. TSCA Section 5 Extensions Issued Post-Shutdown

    EPA has published a Federal Register Notice stating that it is extending the review periods for all TSCA Section 5 PMNs, SNUNs, MCANs, and exemption notices that were submitted to the Agency under TSCA section 5 before December 29, 2018 and for which the review period of those notices had not yet expired as of that date. This extension impacts 581 new chemical notifications. 
  3. SOCMA Applauds Bipartisan Passage of Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards Program

    ARLINGTON, VA – In a major win for the specialty and fine chemical industry, the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) hails the bipartisan passage of legislation in both the House and Senate to reauthorize the Department of Homeland Security’s Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS) program. 
  4. SOCMA Applauds Signing of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill into Law

    ARLINGTON, VA - The Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) applauds Congress and the Administration for reinstating the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018 on Thursday, September 13. The House of Representatives agreed in a voice vote on September 4 to Senate amendments made to the act last month, sending the legislation to the President for signature. 
  5. USTR's New List of China Tariffs Includes Chemicals

    U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer recently announced plans to levy 25 percent tariffs on an additional $200 billion in Chinese imports, also known as List 3. The new tariff proposals would add to the $34 billion in tariffs currently in effect, as well as List 2 worth $16 billion (if implemented)...
  6. SOCMA Members Weigh in on Issues Critical to Industry During Annual Fly-In

    Members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, June 6, to communicate the positive impact their businesses have on their communities and share concerns about issues critical to the industry as part of the association’s annual Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-In...
  7. SOCMA Engages with USTR- Chemical Intermediates Delisted from Section 301 China Tariff List 1

    On June 15, President Trump issued a statement that the United States will implement a 25 percent tariff on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods that contain industrially significant technology...
  8. SOCMA Advocates for Implementation of a Fair, Efficient and Effective TSCA User Fees Program

    SOCMA today issued the following statement, as well as extensive public comments, in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) proposed rule for User Fees for the administration of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA):
  9. SOCMA Members to Promote the Specialty Chemical Industry with Lawmakers, Regulators

    ARLINGTON, VA – Members of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates(SOCMA) will visit Capitol Hill on June 5-6 for the Specialty Chemical Industry Fly-in, where they will share key insights about the industry and how government policies impact their ability to remain competitive and positively influence the U.S. economy.
  10. SOCMA Urges Passage of Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

    On April 17, Senate Republican and Democratic leadership 'hotlined' an amended version of the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Act of 2018, which passed the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 4318) 402-0 on January 16...
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