The NAM has worked since its creation to foster an open and fair global economy to propel the continued expansion of a vibrant U.S. manufacturing sector. International growth has dramatically increased opportunities for our manufacturers to sell to millions of foreign customers that have joined the middle class in recent decades, while also greatly expanding global competition. While both manufacturing production in the United States and U.S. manufactured exports have quadrupled over the last 25 years, far too many countries distort markets and engage in unfair and discriminatory trade practices to grow their industries at the expense of others. For manufacturers, workers and communities in the United States to succeed, global markets must be open and rules of fairness and equal opportunity must be enforced for all.

The NAM plays a critical role in promoting the success of manufacturing in the United States in the global economy through work to (1) address foreign trade distortions and open markets, particularly in key markets; (2) improve the trade competitiveness of manufacturing in the United States; and (3) seek robust enforcement of trade rules and trade agreements. The NAM also works to educate on the opportunities and challenges that the global economy and trade creates for the U.S. manufacturing sector.

NAM Calls for Strong Action to Address Global Intellectual Property Challenges

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in February urged the U.S. government to boost efforts to protect U.S. manufacturing innovation against the threat of intellectual property theft around the world with a detailed submission and chart of priorities for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) annual Special 301 report that listed nearly 40 foreign countries, including top priorities such as Canada, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia and Russia. The NAM called on the Trump Administration – with its strong focus on U.S. manufacturing and correcting unfair and market-distorting trade practices overseas – to step up its efforts to combat IP theft and to protect and secure strong enforcement of IP rights both at home and abroad to protect good, high-paying jobs for U.S. workers.

Leveling the Playing Field Globally

Improving Manufacturers' Global Competitiveness

Enforcement of Trade Rules
Agreements and Trade Rules

Ex-Im and Trade Finance




Press Releases

  • 11/01/2017
    Sorry, Congressman Garrett, There Is Actually No Doubt
    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons called on Congress to reject Scott Garrett as nominee of the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank following today’s hearing before the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs.
  • 10/25/2017
    NAM’s Timmons to Senate Banking Committee: Reject Scott Garrett
    In a letter to Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee Chairman Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown (D-OH), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons today expressed manufacturers’ firm opposition to the nomination of Scott Garrett to head the U.S. Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank and affirmed strong support for the nominations of Spencer Bachus, Kimberly Reed, Claudia Slacik and Judith Pryor.
  • 10/24/2017
    NAM Blasts Scott Garrett in New Web Ad: “In His Own Words”
    Ahead of next week’s scheduled confirmation hearing for Scott Garrett’s nomination to lead the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank of the United States, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is launching a new web ad using his own words to highlight his vehement opposition as a member of Congress to the existence of the agency and the 1.4 million jobs it supports.

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