AFTE Statement on USTR 2021 National Trade Estimate Report

AFTE Statement on USTR 2021 National Trade Estimate Report

WASHINGTON (April 1) — Yesterday, the Office of the United States Trade Representative released its 2021 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE Report), which “highlights significant foreign barriers to U.S. exports, U.S. foreign direct investments, and U.S. electronic commerce.”  Alliance for Trade Enforcement Executive Director Brian Pomper issued the following statement on the just-released report:

“AFTE is pleased that this year’s NTE Report identifies many of the trade barriers and enforcement issues that the alliance previously raised in comments to USTR.

“These barriers include discriminatory drug and medical device pricing policies in India, Japan, and Korea; weak copyright protections in Canada and South Africa; high and discriminatory tariffs in Brazil and India; and local screen quotas in Indonesia and Brazil — all of which harm U.S. workers and businesses.

“The United States trades $5.6 trillion worth of goods and services annually. And this international commerce supports more than 40 million American jobs. Eliminating remaining trade barriers, like those outlined in this year’s NTE Report, will spur even more economic growth and job creation.

“AFTE looks forward to working with Ambassador Katherine Tai and the rest of the USTR team to address the trade obstacles identified in this year’s NTE report. Dismantling these trade barriers will accelerate America’s economic recovery and facilitate growth for years to come.”

About the Alliance for Trade Enforcement: The Alliance for Trade Enforcement is a coalition of trade associations and business groups that advocates for foreign governments to end unfair trade practices that harm U.S. innovative industries and supports U.S. policymakers in their efforts to hold our trading partners accountable.