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WASHINGTON - American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement in response to news that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators have reached agreement.
"Strong trade agreements open markets for U.S. exports of paper and wood products, so we're hopeful that TPP negotiators have reached an agreement that addresses some of the most pressing issues for paper and wood products manufacturers. These include the speedy elimination of tariffs on paper, packaging and wood products and strong provisions committing TPP countries to fight illegal logging and associated trade. We congratulate the negotiators on concluding the TPP agreement and look forward to examining it carefully."
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 percent of the total U.S. manufacturing GDP, manufactures over $200 billion in products annually, and employs approximately 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.