From the smallest microchip to lifesaving medicine to the largest airplanes and harvesters, manufacturers in the United States trade with the world to find new customers, grow jobs domestically and improve our country's competitiveness in an increasingly interconnected global economy. Currently, ninety-five percent of the world's consumers live outside the borders of the United States. Manufacturers need policies and trade agreements in place that help us reach these consumers and compete successfully in an increasingly tough global economy.

The NAM urges Congress and the Administration to move forward on a robust trade agenda that will open markets, level the playing field and give manufacturers a boost in the global competition for jobs and the investment.

NAM Calls for Strong Action to Address Global Intellectual Property Challenges

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in February urged the U.S. government to boost efforts to protect U.S. manufacturing innovation against the threat of intellectual property theft around the world with a detailed submission and chart of priorities for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual Special 301 report that listed nearly 40 foreign countries, including top priorities such as Canada, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Russia. The NAM called on the Trump Administration – with its strong focus on U.S. manufacturing and correcting unfair and market-distorting trade practices overseas – to step up its efforts to combat IP theft and to protect and secure strong enforcement of IP rights both at home and abroad to protect good, high-paying jobs for U.S. workers.

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Press Releases

  • 09/28/2016
    Politics Win Over Jobs
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons and U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue issued a statement urging Congress to move legislation, as part of the upcoming Continuing Resolution, that would allow the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank to consider and act on all transactions immediately.
  • 09/21/2016
    Manufacturers and Leading Industries Call on Congress to Pass the Trans-Pacific Partnership
    The heads of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the American Farm Bureau Federation, the Coalition of Services Industries and the Information Technology Industry Council joined together today to urge President Obama and congressional leaders to work together to expedite passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement this year.
  • 09/14/2016
    Manufacturers: U.N. Proposal Threatens Innovation, Lifesaving Medicines
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement on a report from the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines that contains intellectual property (IP) proposals that, if implemented, would undermine the ability of innovative manufacturers to be able to support critical research and development projects, impacting our ability to address global health challenges.