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Ryan Ong

Tear Down Those Walls: NAM Weighs in on Foreign Trade Barriers Around the World

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The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today urged the U.S. government and other stakeholders to address trade barriers faced by manufacturers in the United States in markets around the world. In its detailed submission to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative for its National Trade Estimate Report (NTE), the NAM described a wide variety of foreign trade barriers that undermine the ability of manufacturers in the U.S. market to compete on a level playing field in international markets, which, in turn, undermines U.S. economic opportunities here at home. Read More

Final U.S.–India Commercial Dialogue Shows Some Areas of Serious Dialogue, Little Concrete Progress on Priority Issues for Manufacturers

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The United States and India concluded the last major bilateral commercial dialogue of the Obama administration today in Delhi, wrapping up a week of workshops and high-level bilateral meetings with a long joint statement on commercial topics. While this year’s dialogue included language that indicates discussion on issues that better reflects manufacturers’ priorities, such as discussions on intellectual property and customs clearance, it still lacked specific, concrete outcomes that manufacturers in the United States sought to be addressed in order to improve significantly U.S. commercial engagement with India.

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Colombia Doubles Down on Anti-Innovation Actions with New Declaration on Price

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Earlier today, Colombia doubled down on recent anti-innovation steps that continue to prompt questions about the country’s commitment to an open, pro-manufacturing investment climate that is needed to grow its economy. By confirming plans to enforce a Declaration of Public Interest (DPI) and force a 45 percent price cut for Glivec, an innovative pharmaceutical product, Colombia’s Ministry of Health and Social Protection (MHSP) took a step that is not only unwarranted, but also undermines its own economic growth trajectory. Read More

Talking Is Good, but United States and India Should Be Moving Beyond Just Words by Now

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Top U.S. officials are setting travel plans now for the second-annual Strategic and Commercial Dialogue (S&CD), set for the week of August 28 in New Delhi. This year’s S&CD will be a litmus test for these dialogues, demonstrating whether they can show real progress on concrete issues impacting manufacturers in the United States or just produce more talk. Read More

India’s IP Policy Shows Missed Opportunity with Backsliding on Patents, Trade Secrets

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India missed a clear opportunity to signal that it is serious about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s promises for the country to become an “innovation hub” last week with the release of its long-awaited National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy. Far from being the breakthrough document that India’s government has claimed, the final policy framework shows little improvement to critical language and new, troubling provisions in key areas, such as patents and trade secrets. Read More

Manufacturers Outline “Road Map to Progress” with India

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Last week, Indian media reports broke the news that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would travel to Washington for a bilateral summit with President Barack Obama, marking his fourth trip to the United States in two years. As the two governments prepare for this visit as well as for major bilateral dialogues on economic and commercial issues, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today issued targeted commercial priorities for the U.S. government to engage with India in 2016priorities that require concrete actions by which manufacturers in the United States will gauge the success of this engagement. Read More

U.S. Government Flags Colombia, China, India, Canada and Russia as Global Priorities for Stronger IP Protection

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A new report released today by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) stressed the importance of intellectual property (IP) around the world and the danger of global IP infringement for American jobs, innovation and competitiveness. IP protection is a top manufacturing issue: innovation drives U.S. global leadership in manufacturing and promotes good-paying jobs and economic growth in a sector that is innovating more than ever before. This year’s Special 301 Report highlights specific challenges faced by manufacturers in the United States in NAM priority markets, such as Colombia, India and China. The report also analyzes global challenges, such as weak trade secret protection, counterfeiting and piracy and inadequate protection of patents in detail. Read More

An Immodest Proposal: European Insistence on “Investor Court” in TTIP Out of Step with International Practice, Out of Line for a Successful Deal

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U.S. and European government officials, companies and other stakeholders converge on New York this week for the 13th round of negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Manufacturers continue to stress that negotiators should not settle for anything less than the kind of comprehensive, far-reaching agreement that further strengthens the U.S.-EU economic relationship, eliminates barriers to trade and investment and sets high global standards that promote robust investment that drives global growth and higher standards of living. Read More

China Agrees to End Export Subsidies in Win for U.S. Manufacturers and Global Trading Rules

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In a win for U.S. manufacturers, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced today a new bilateral agreement with China to dismantle a major government-funded export subsidy program that had boosted Chinese manufacturers at the expense of foreign companies. The new agreement eliminates more than 175 measures challenged by the United States in a February 2015 World Trade Organization (WTO) challenge and mandates follow-up consultation between the United States and China to ensure robust implementation of the agreement. Read More

U.S. and Canadian Businesses Speak Out: Removing Wood Pallet Exemption Would Undermine Trade and Commercial Opportunities

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President Barack Obama’s meetings last month with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau emphasized the value of open trade and investment between the two countriessome $2 billion per day between the two countriesas a linchpin of the relationship. Possible regulatory changes related to wood packaging, however, would impede that commercial relationship, adding unnecessary costs that would harm business and consumers in both the United States and Canada.

The NAM on Friday joined 37 other organizations on both sides of the U.S.Canada border in a letter urging the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs to halt efforts to impose these new rules. Our collective organizations represent companies that are supporting millions of jobs and hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity, working for industries in nearly every area of bilateral trade, from aerospace to retail, from autos to food and beverages and from heavy equipment to cosmetics. Read More