Industry Growth Depends on Free and Fair Trade Policy
The health of the U.S. paper and wood products industry depends on strong export markets. Paper and wood products exports account for about 15 percent of the industry’s annual total sales. In 2017, the industry’s global exports totaled almost $31 billion. This does not include indirect exports such as sales of paper and paperboard packaging materials to domestic industries and agriculture that export their goods.
The industry’s exports support an estimated 135,000 jobs at pulp, paper and wood products mills and related logging operations in the U.S., with many more jobs in communities where these facilities are located. It is critical for the U.S. paper and wood products manufacturing industry to achieve unrestricted access to international markets and to have a level the playing field among international competitors through the elimination of both tariff and non-tariff barriers.
We support free and fair-trade policies and practices:
- Reciprocal open markets for U.S. exports.
- Elimination of market distorting subsidies
- Bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, such as NAFTA, that generate substantive economic benefits for U.S. companies and their workers.
- Rules that provide for stronger disciplines in customs administration, intellectual property protection, the role of state-owned enterprises, and good regulatory practices to ensure non-discriminatory treatment of U.S. goods.
- Language in trade agreements to eliminate illegal logging and associated trade.
- The enforcement of existing U.S. trade laws. Trade disputes that cannot be resolved bilaterally should be brought to the World Trade Organization for resolution, rather than addressed through unilateral action or tariff retaliation.
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