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Sanctions and Export Controls

In 1997, the NFTC established USA*Engage, a coalition of small and large businesses, agriculture groups and trade associations, to inform policymakers, opinion leaders, and the public about the counterproductive nature of unilateral sanctions, the importance of exports and overseas investment for American competitiveness and jobs, and the role of American companies in promoting human rights and democracy worldwide.

As part of its efforts against unilateral sanctions, the NFTC in 2006 brought suit (NFTC v. Topinka) against the state of Illinois, challenging the constitutionality of a state law imposing sanctions on Sudan. In 2007, the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois deemed unconstitutional. The 2006 NFTC lawsuit followed the precedent set in the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark 2000 decision in Crosby v. NFTC, in which the Court struck down sanctions enacted by Massachusetts on Burma.

The NFTC and USA*Engage also support and promote U.S. export control policies that address national security priorities without harming the economic competitiveness of U.S. business. The NFTC and USA*Engage advocate for the modernization and reform of the U.S. export control system through leadership of an export control coalition and participation in the broad-based business community Coalition for Security and Competitiveness. The organizations consistently provide comment on export control regulations developed by the Commerce Department Bureau of Industry and Security.

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