Bilateral Trade


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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.

Manufacturers Weigh in on Conclusion of Final TPP Deal

“The latest weak jobs report and the disappointing growth in the United States and globally underscore the urgent need to open new markets for manufacturers and all Americans. Today’s conclusion of the TPP agreement has the potential to reverse these trends if the deal achieves the priorities that the NAM has fought hard for years to accomplish. A good deal must level the playing field and improve the competitiveness of manufacturers and their workers in the United States.”

Statement from NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, October, 2015 

Press Releases

  • 06/08/2016
    Manufacturers Hear from President’s Top Economic Advisor
    Manufacturers blanketed Capitol Hill yesterday during the first day of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) 2016 Manufacturing Summit, and members of Congress and their staff heard from nearly 500...
  • 06/03/2016
    Timmons: May Jobs Numbers “Pathetic”
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons issued the following statement on the disappointing Bureau of Labor Statistics’ jobs report, which showed the slowest monthly jobs gain since...
  • 05/23/2016
    NAM, TPP Coalition Issue State-by-State Calls for Action on TPP
    Manufacturers need their products sold to more markets, so we can grow more jobs in America. They need their inventions and innovations protected.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will protect and...