Friends of Manufacturing

Manufacturers Need Open and Fair Trade to Succeed


Manufacturers across the country know that advances in technology and transportation have connected the global economy and introduced unique ways for companies to reach customers abroad. With only ten percent of the population living in the U.S., it is crucial that manufacturers in the U.S. can reach foreign customers.

Furthermore, half of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. depend on exports, so it is critical to establish fair and open deals that allow manufacturers to ship their products abroad. However, global trade rules must be strongly enforced to eliminate cheating in the marketplace. 

The National Association of Manufacturers is releasing ‘Twelve Days of Transition’ policy blueprints to help guide the new administration and members of Congress to deliver on manufacturing priorities. Today’s release in the series of blueprints focuses on ways to improve trade policy.

The U.S. economy relies on fair and open trade to expand business opportunities, compete in the global market, and create high-paying manufacturing jobs. Manufacturers are ready to partner with President-elect Trump and the new Congress to embrace strong global trade rules, ensure fairness and equal opportunity and eliminate foreign market-distorting practices to make manufacturers in the U.S. more competitive. We must build on trade opportunities, not back away from them.

Free and open trade agreements will not only boost American jobs, but  will also ensure that our nation remains at the forefront of innovation and is constantly growing and evolving.

View the blueprint here.

Manufacturers, sign the petition to support more exports and free trade agreements today!