Gino DiCaro

Trade Action Alert: Provide Your FTAA Tariff Priorities to the U.S. Government by May 7

By Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications

Capitol Update, April 29, 2003 Share this on FacebookTweet thisEmail this to a friend

As part of the Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) market access negotiations, U.S. trade negotiators are currently putting together the U.S. requests for improved tariff-elimination offers from the other 33 countries that will make up the FTAA. CMTA member companies must take action by early next month to have their tariff-elimination priorities reflected in the U.S. government's requests, which will be tabled by June 15th.

To help you take advantage of this immediate opportunity, the National Association of Manufacturers?s International Economic Affairs department has prepared the NAM FTAA Tariff Toolkit, a list of the countries participating in the FTAA, and a Commerce Department list of FTAA industry analysts. For copies of the NAM FTAA Tariff Toolkit, the country list or the Commerce Department contact list; please contact Geri Royer at groyer@cmta.net or by calling 916/498-3330.

If you export or plan to export to the Caribbean or Latin America, please review the FTAA Tariff Toolkit and decide whether to take the steps it recommends in order to obtain early removal of your priority tariffs in Latin America and the Caribbean via the FTAA negotiations.? The negotiations are scheduled to be completed in 2005 and the agreement could go into effect as early as 2006.

South American tariffs on U.S. products can be quite high, and the NAM estimates that their full removal could triple U.S. exports to the region from today's $60 billion level to nearly $200 billion annually. This is a market worth going after!

Please act soon, as U.S. negotiators would like to have private-sector input by May 7th if possible. For more information on this important opportunity, or on the FTAA negotiations in general, contact NAM International Trade Policy Director Scott Otteman at (202) 637-3078 or sotteman@nam.org
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