WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) President and CEO Donna Harman today issued the following statement regarding the U.S. Senate passage of Trade Promotion Authority legislation.
“International commerce is vital to the pulp, paper, packaging and wood products industry. In 2014, direct U.S. exports of forest products amounted to $31.9 billion, but our industry also benefits from exports of other goods. Paper, paperboard and wood packaging materials sold domestically are used to package and transport goods exported by other U.S. industries. Either by direct or indirect exports, our industry will benefit by opening new international markets and breaking down foreign trade barriers.
“We thank Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) for their leadership on Trade Promotion Authority. We now urge President Obama to expeditiously sign this bill into law.”
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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.