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NEMA Cites Foreign Market Barriers in Letters to U.S. Trade Officials

10/6/2011 2:00PMSign-up to receive press releases.

(ROSSLYN, Va.)—The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) this week sent letters to a U.S. government interagency committee chaired by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to raise concerns about market access barriers faced by NEMA member companies in foreign countries. Groups and countries cited by NEMA in its comments include China, Canada, Mexico, the European Union, Brazil, Thailand, and Nigeria.

“As Congress considers new market-opening free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia, and Panama, it is important to realize that not only do our exporters face tariff and non-tariff barriers in many markets but also that trade agreements have to be enforced,” said Kyle Pitsor, NEMA Vice President for Government Relations. “We look forward to working with USTR and other necessary agencies in addressing our member companies’ concerns about foreign market access.”

The NEMA letters responded to a request from USTR for input for the 2012 edition of its annual National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers. NEMA’s comments include a letter on standards-related barriers and another on other issues. They are available on NEMA’s website at www.nema.org/gov/trade/positions/#global.

NEMA is the association of electrical equipment manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Arlington, Virginia. Its member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Worldwide annual sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion.

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