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.

World Trade Month

Trade Means Opportunity: A robust U.S. trade policy to grow manufacturing in America must open foreign markets, ensure strong trade enforcement and improve U.S. manufacturing competitiveness in the face of substantial global competition.


Conflict Minerals

The Export-Import Bank

Export Controls

India Trade Relations

Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill

Multilateral Trade

Trade Facilitation and Customs

Trade Promotion Authority

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Trade Toolkit


NAM in the News

Press Releases

  • 06/03/2016
    Timmons: May Jobs Numbers Pathetic
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement on the disappointing Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report, which showed the slowest monthly jobs gain since September 2010.
  • 05/10/2016
    MTB Passage Brings Relief to Manufacturers
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement after today’s Senate passage of trade legislation that would establish a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process on imported inputs and products not available in the United States.
  • 05/02/2016
    Manufacturers Call on Government to Address Key Issues with India
    The NAM released a set of priorities today outlining specific steps the U.S. and Indian governments should take to ensure productive outcomes from upcoming dialogues and engagements, including Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s U.S. visit in June.