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NFTC Applauds Bipartisan Group of Senators for Urging USTR to Pursue Environmental Goods and Services Agreement
Date: 11/19/2009
Written By: Jennifer Cummings, The Fratelli Group for NFTC, 202-822-9491

Washington, DC – The National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) today applauded a bipartisan group of senators for sending to U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk a letter urging him to pursue an environmental goods and services agreement as part of the Doha Round of WTO negotiations or through other forums.

"We commend Senators Crapo, Kerry, Stabenow and Wyden for strongly supporting the swift conclusion of a comprehensive green trade agreement and raising attention to this issue," said NFTC President Bill Reinsch. "Lowering tariff and non-tariff barriers to green trade is essential to advancing U.S. competitiveness and global environmental goals."

"Currently U.S. exporters selling green goods and services face disproportionately high tariffs and non-tariff barriers that are even more daunting," said NFTC Vice President for Global Trade Issues Jake Colvin. "Removing green trade barriers through a comprehensive agreement is important to level the playing field for U.S. manufacturers, increase U.S. exports and generate green collar jobs."

"A comprehensive Environmental Goods and Services Agreement is an unequivocal 'win-win' for the economy and for trade," said Jeremy Preiss, Vice President, Chief International Trade Counsel for United Technologies Corporation and Chair of the NFTC’s Trade and Climate Working Group. “These senators are to be applauded for recognizing that and championing this important initiative."

In July, the NFTC joined other leading trade associations in sending a letter to President Obama strongly urging the Administration to lower green trade barriers and pursue a green trade agreement "through all appropriate international economic and environmental forums," including the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. The associations also suggested the Administration consider the Forum on Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as forums to help secure interim commitments in advance of a WTO agreement.

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