Pursuing Policies That Improve Manufacturers’ Competitiveness and Ability to Reach New Customers Abroad Will Allow Manufacturers in the United States to Compete—and Win—in the Global Market

Manufacturers' Priorities

  1. 1
    Get the United States back on the global playing field by negotiating cutting-edge trade agreements, including those with major U.S. trading partners, to provide certainty, open markets for U.S.-manufactured goods, eliminate unfair barriers, set fairer and stronger standards, diversify sources for trade and ensure supply chain resiliency.
  2. 2
    Fully and comprehensively enforce existing U.S. trade agreements and trade rules, including full implementation of the United States–Mexico– Canada Agreement, in ways that benefit manufacturing in the United States.
  3. 3
    Oppose efforts to undermine critical global IP protections, including efforts to broaden an already problematic waiver of IP negotiated at the World Trade Organization, and instead advance initiatives that will leverage trade to fight COVID-19, enhance future pandemic preparedness and support the global economic recovery.
  4. 4
    Recommit to and strengthen relationships with trading partners to reform and modernize international trade rules and institutions, such as the WTO.
  5. 5
    Accelerate efforts to release a clear, comprehensive U.S.–China strategy that covers trade and economic priorities to address problematic Chinese policies and behaviors, refines current enforcement tools to avoid undue harm for manufacturers and workers in the United States and provides business certainty.
  6. 6
    Support and continue to improve U.S. export promotion and export financing tools.
  7. 7
    Ensure export controls and investment restrictions are tailored to address legitimate national security concerns and coordinated with allies when possible.
  8. 8
    Modernize U.S. and foreign customs operations to better facilitate legitimate trade and improve enforcement tools to target illicit trade in the United States and across foreign borders.
  9. 9
    Make the U.S. tariff code more competitive by enacting a new Miscellaneous Tariff Bill and the Generalized System of Preferences.
$1.6 Trillion
Value of U.S. manufactured goods exported in 2023