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 Urges Action on Global Trade Barriers

The NAM on October 27 urged the U.S. government to address trade barriers around the world with a detailed submission to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. In its submission for its National Trade Estimate Report (NTE), the NAM described a wide variety of trade barriers harming the ability of manufacturers in the United States to grow through exports. These barriers include import and export barriers, investment limitations, forced localization barriers, lack of intellectual property enforcement, and discriminatory standards and technical regulations. NAM identified barriers in nearly 50 countries and regions around the world, with Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia among the most challenging markets.

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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

  • 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.