December 3, 2001
Ambassador Robert B. Zoellick
Dear Ambassador Zoellick:
The undersigned organizations strongly support the Doha Declaration and wish to thank you for your determined and successful efforts in securing a “good deal” for US industries and consumers.
The Declaration opens a process that holds out the potential for enormous benefits to our agricultural, industrial, and service sectors, in addition to US industrial and retail consumers. It will almost certainly lower tariff and non-tariff barriers and encourage more transparent legal and regulatory regimes.
We, like you, recognize that these gains would not have been possible had the United States refused to recognize the near-unanimous consensus supporting negotiations on dumping and countervailing duty issues. The language of the Declaration makes it clear that what will be on the table will not be the existence or legitimate effectiveness of US trade laws, but vital questions of the underlying causes of dumping and subsidies, and whether dumping and countervailing duty laws are being abused. This is fully consistent with the language of the November 7 House of Representatives resolution, adopted 410-4, which called for negotiations that would ensure that US exports are not subject to the abusive use of trade laws by other countries.
We share your view that to achieve the goals of the Declaration, the vital next step is passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). Just as your work at Doha demonstrates the Administration’s commitment to trade negotiations that reflect all American economic interests, we again express our commitment to work with the Administration to pass a balanced TPA bill quickly.
Thank you for your determination to improve the lives of the American people and those worldwide through fair and open trade.
A.J. Antunes & Company