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Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Priorities

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations have the potential to create a high-standard and market-opening agreement that will be a strong catalyst for U.S. manufacturing growth for decades.

Expected to cover 40 percent of the global economy, with both developed and developing economies as participants, TPP presents an important opportunity to expand manufactured exports and sales among large and growing TPP markets.

Manufacturers have been unwavering in their commitment to ensure that the final TPP is the strongest possible agreement that levels the playing field for all, concretely opens all markets, facilitates trade and sets in place strong and enforceable rules for all on issues from intellectual property and investment to e-commerce, data flows and transparency.

A Strong TPP Must Embrace Manufacturing Priorities

“Manufacturers will not simply provide rubber-stamp approval for a TPP deal,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “The deal must level the playing field for manufacturers in the United States, concretely open all markets, bolster trade and set strong and enforceable rules for the protection of intellectual property and investment and other key issues in order to meet the objectives of economic and manufacturing growth in the United States. The principles listed in this document are not just aspirations; they are also demands on behalf of the 12 million men and women who make a living in manufacturing and rely on the opportunities of expanding trade.”

Statement from NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, July 27, 2015

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