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PRBA Endorses Expansion of International Technology Agreement and Elimination of Import Duties on Rechargeable Batteries

PRBA filed comments with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) supporting an international proposal to eliminate both U.S and foreign import duties on numerous technology products, including lithium ion cells and batteries used in cellular phones and other battery technologies.

“This is a win-win for PRBA members. Given the volume of battery imports, ending import duties could provide significant savings for PRBA members and make the exports of our members more competitive,” PRBA Executive Director George Kerchner said. “Trade is a key issue for PRBA given the global focus of many of our members.”

PRBA not only endorsed the ITA proposal but also recommended further broadening of the proposed battery categories to cover all lithium ion cells and batteries – not just those designed for use in cellular phones – and nickel metal hydride batteries to more accurately reflect the current trade practices within the rechargeable battery industry and without regard to end use.

A copy of PRBA’s comments is available here