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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding introduction of bicameral Trade Promotion Authority legislation, The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015.
“We commend Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for introducing this legislation and urge Congress to pass the bill without delay. Trade Promotion Authority is essential to allow U.S. industry to capitalize on the market-opening trade agreements being negotiated with countries in the Asia-Pacific region and with the European Union.
“Exports account for about 15 percent of U.S. forest products shipments, making the reduction or elimination of foreign tariffs and non-tariff barriers to export markets of obvious importance to the industry. Perhaps less obvious but equally important is the indirect benefit of other industries’ successes, as paper and wood-based materials are used to package and ship many of the goods people around the world rely on each day. Our industry is a vital part of the broad export supply chain that will benefit by opening new international markets and breaking down foreign trade barriers.”
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The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, and wood products manufacturing industry through fact-based public policy and marketplace advocacy. AF&PA member companies make products essential for everyday life from renewable and recyclable resources and are committed to continuous improvement through the industry’s sustainability initiative - Better Practices, Better Planet 2020. The forest products industry accounts for approximately 4.5 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures approximately $200 billion in products annually, and employs nearly 900,000 men and women. The industry meets a payroll of approximately $50 billion annually and is among the top 10 manufacturing sector employers in 47 states. Visit AF&PA online at www.afandpa.org or follow us on Twitter @ForestandPaper.