To date, 49% of Pennsylvania’s exports and 39% of New Jersey’s exports come from countries with whom the United States has free trade agreements. With the conclusion of the TPP negotiations and with the support of Congress for ratification, customs duties will be reduced or eliminated, with enhanced trade rules making it easier to do business in these markets.
Making companies aware of these market opportunities supports our mission of accelerating the global business growth of companies in the Greater Philadelphia Region. Since 2002, we have helped companies in the region generate over $1.3B in new export sales.
Following the success of our March 2015 Global Business Conference, “Making Free Trade Agreements Work for You,” our March 2016 Global Business Conference, we will brief Pennsylvania and New Jersey businesses on the new market opportunities in TPP countries.
ARLINGTON, Va. – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency applauds today’s agreement by all partners of a high-standards Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. This 21st century agreement is critical for America’s economic leadership, as it puts the United States at the center of a free trade zone covering two-thirds of global GDP. It ensures preferential access for U.S. goods and services in the Asia-Pacific, opening markets that are home to 570 million new middle-class consumers. In addition to unlocking opportunities for American businesses and American workers, it includes the strongest labor and environmental standards ever included in a free trade agreement.
As an agency that links U.S. businesses to infrastructure opportunities in emerging markets, USTDA stands ready to support TPP as it moves forward. For over three decades, the Agency has worked to foster trade in the Asia-Pacific by developing the infrastructure necessary to facilitate the flow of people and goods. From providing technical assistance that supports trade facilitation, to piloting U.S. technologies for customs systems at borders, to modernizing “hard” infrastructure at ports, railways and airports, USTDA has a significant track record of success in connecting U.S. firms to infrastructure projects in the region.