Enforcement of Trade Rules


Foreign governments continue to create artificial competitive advantages for their industries through a host of unfair activities, from subsidies and discriminatory localization policies to the theft of intellectual property. Such actions distort markets and put manufacturers in the United States at a competitive disadvantage at home and abroad. Some foreign governments are also seeking to distort or weaken long-established global trading rules in areas such as intellectual property to confer advantages to their domestic interests. While trade agreements, trade rules and other actions can address these distortive and unfair practices, the United States and other like-minded countries must demonstrate a commitment to more rigorous and timely enforcement of trade agreements and trade rules and continue to seek the establishment of new rules to address emerging challenges in the global economy.

The NAM works for full implementation of trade agreements and global trade rules and strong, vigorous and timely enforcement of trade rules. The NAM also seek improvements in global rules to address new and increasing challenges from overseas.


Trade Agreement Enforcement

Trade agreements are only as successful as they are fully implemented and enforced. From the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreements that govern trade among 164 countries to U.S. free trade agreements (FTAs) with 20 countries, ensuring that each country honors the commitments it made fully and promptly is vital for manufacturers and their workers in the United States.

The NAM works vigorously with the U.S. and foreign governments and other allies to improve countries’ respect for these binding obligations, be it China or India, with which the United States has largely a WTO relationship, or Canada, Colombia, and Korea, with which the United States has deeper FTA relationships.

Domestic Trade Enforcement

In addition to trade agreements, U.S. law contains many provisions to ensure greater fairness in the global economy. From trade-remedy rules that provide for remedies against unfairly traded imports that harm domestic industries to rules requiring the protection of intellectual property rights overseas and for products entering the United States, the NAM strongly supports strong trade rule enforcement.

The NAM works to promote full and timely enforcement of U.S. enforcement of domestic trade rules and improvements in enforcement mechanisms to prevent evasion. The NAM is seeking full implementation of the new enforcement rules contained in 2016 Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, including the new Enforcing Orders and Reducing Customs Evasion Act (the ENFORCE Act) and provisions to improve enforcement of basic intellectual property rights.

NAM in the News

  • 06/07/2016
    Modi’s Mission to ‘Open Up’ U.S.-India Trade is Still a Work in Progress (Morning Consult)

    “As India and the U.S. continue to meet and work together on solutions, both countries need to ensure that issues with trade barriers, forced localization requirements, and IP restrictions remain at the forefront of commercial engagements.”

  • 05/03/2016
    Frustration with India Mounts (The Hill)

    “The National Association of Manufacturers and U.S. Chamber of Commerce are among the groups calling on India Prime Minister Narendra Modi to make concrete policy changes, including lowering tariffs and ramping up intellectual property rights protections, ahead of his trip to the United States next month.”

Press Releases

  • 05/18/2017
    Manufacturers Rolling Up Their Sleeves to Work with Trump Administration, Congress to Strengthen NAFTA
    National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President of International Economic Affairs Linda Dempsey issued the following statement on the Trump administration’s decision to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
  • 07/13/2016
    Timmons Hails USTR Announcement on China
    NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons issued a statement on the announcement by the office of the U.S. Trade Representative that the United States is launching a World Trade Organization (WTO) case challenging China’s export duties on nine raw materials, all of which are widely used by manufacturers in the United States.