ACA Urges Senate to Confirm Amb. Lighthizer as U.S. Trade Representative
May 8, 2017 •
ACA urged the U.S. Senate to confirm Ambassador Robert Lighthizer as the U.S. Trade Representative, in a letter signed by more than 60 organizations.
The May 8 letter of support sited Amb. Lighthizer’s experience working to eliminate foreign market-distorting unfair trade practices and create new opportunities in international markets both during his time in government and the private sector.
“With the world’s most productive manufacturing sector in the world, but growing global competition, manufacturers in the United States need robust trade policies and agreements that open markets, protect U.S. property and standards and ensure strong enforcement of core rules of fairness in the global economy,” the letter stated.
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) serves a vital role in promoting and implementing U.S. trade policy. The USTR is the lead U.S. negotiator on trade agreements and has responsibility for enforcing trade agreements and advising the U.S. government on international trade policies. The USTR is charged with implementing key trade statutes, including those requiring work to identify and address unfair trade barriers and weaknesses in foreign government intellectual property enforcement and protection.
Most U.S. paint and coatings companies are in the global marketplace. As such, ACA is focused on federal trade policy and urges Congress to continue working to ensure a level playing field for U.S. exports. The U.S. market is largely open to imports from around the world, but some countries continue to levy tariffs on U.S. exports that, in some cases, are extremely high. Foreign governments have also erected other barriers against U.S. goods and services. America’s trade agreements, however, work to create a level playing field; and by tearing down foreign barriers to U.S. products, these agreements have a proven ability to make big markets even out of small economies.
ACA encourages Congress to work with the current Administration in a bilateral manner to promote U.S. exports, remove tariff and non-tariff barriers to U.S. goods and services, and increase access to markets through free trade agreements and other bilateral and multilateral agreements.
Amb. Lighthizer has said he would work to ensure that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) is updated to include enforceable labor and environmental standards.
Contact ACA’s Allen Irish for more information.