Trade On Two Fronts: Exports, Enforcement

By July 27, 2010General, Trade

The American Farm Bureau Federation, the Coalition of Service Industries and the National Association of Manufacturers joined Monday in releasing a blueprint for doubling U.S. exports in five years, a top goal of the Obama Administration. (News release.)

The overriding point: Doubling exports in five years is an ambitious but achievable goal if major changes are enacted.

The plan was released at a media roundtable. Reuters reported, “Business groups recommend ways U.S. govt can double trade,” leading with the FTA angle.

President Barack Obama needs to quickly win approval of free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama and start talks on new trade deals with Brazil, India and others if he if serious about doubling exports, U.S. business groups said on Monday.

“We must be extremely aggressive,” Rosemarie Watkins, director for international policy at the American Farm Bureau Federation, told reporters.

NAM’s Blueprint to Double Exports in Five Years is available here. The NAM’s website also has a section devoted to the Administration’s National Export Initiative, here.

Elsewhere, the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office has announced that Ambassador Ron Kirk will be visiting a Pittsburgh-area manufacturer Friday to highlight the Administration’s trade enforcement actions.

His speech is at Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI)’s plant in Washington, Penn.; ATI is a leading diversified producer of specialty metals. With 8,600 employees, ATI operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices in the United States an abroad.

In his remarks, Ambassador Kirk will describe how the Obama Administration’s trade enforcement actions are helping to sustain jobs here in America by making sure that U.S. trading partners adhere to their agreements, respect our trading rights, and play by the rules. Kirk will also discuss how the Obama Administration’s approach to trade, combining tough trade enforcement and smart trade expansion, contributes to President Obama’s National Export Initiative and his overall economic recovery strategy.

ATI is a leading diversified producer of specialty metals. With 8,600 employees, ATI operates production facilities, service centers and sales offices throughout the United States and abroad. ATI uses innovative technologies and systems to supply customers with state-of-the-art metals. ATI’s business covers growing global markets across industries ranging from aerospace and infrastructure to clean energy production and efficient electric distribution.

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