ACA Policy Statement on Trade
The American Coatings Association (ACA) represents the needs of the paint and coatings industry and the more than 250,000 people who work in it. The vast majority of our companies are in the global marketplace. ACA encourages the 115th Congress to collaborate in a bipartisan manner on critical trade policy. As the United States works to conclude two landmark free trade agreements – the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) – the government also continues to work toward strengthening its trade relationship with other key partners, including Canada, China, and India. ACA also supports the recent efforts to open relations with Cuba and is optimistic that these executive actions will lead to export of U.S.-manufactured goods, including building materials to that country.
Congress must continue to work 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, and foreign governments have 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.