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WASHINGTON – American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman issued the following statement about the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC) report on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement.
“We welcome the release of the ITC report as a step towards congressional consideration and passage of Trans-Pacific Partnership. Overall the report shows net benefits to American jobs and exporters, many of which use paper and wood products to ship their own commodities, in turn making the TPP a positive for our industry, our supply chains and the economy. Additionally, the report points out that the agreement provides a strong basis for TPP countries to cooperate in fighting illegal logging and associated trade, and in promoting sustainable forest management, all of which we support.”
The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) serves to advance a sustainable U.S. pulp, paper, packaging, tissue 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.