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International Trade

Over the next two decades, emerging and developing economies—primarily in Africa, Asia and South America—are likely to account for 40-50 percent of global spending on infrastructure. U.S. companies must be able to compete fairly to meet these needs. To accomplish this, the U.S. government must work with counterpart authorities to create a level playing field and eliminate barriers to market access.


  • Support U.S. negotiation and implementation of market-opening agreements with willing partner countries.
  • Support government and private-sector frameworks to remove barriers to trade by promoting coherent and evidence-based regulatory approaches while maintaining strong health, safety, and environmental protections.
  • Support authorizations of U.S. agencies, including the U.S. Export-Import Bank and the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, that offer important export services so U.S. firms may compete fairly in emerging markets.

For information on NEMA's international standards and conformity assessment activities, please visit the International Activities Center.



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