Did you know 95 percent of the world’s consumers live outside the United States? Manufacturers in America, and here in North Carolina, must be able to reach those consumers to grow their businesses and create jobs. Therefore, a robust trade policy is critical to manufacturing statewide and nationwide. In North Carolina, trade is vital to our thriving manufacturing industry. Exports of North Carolina goods totaled approximately $29 billion last year, and directly supported more than 90 thousand jobs. Trade is one policy area where we need Washington to help take the lead—to negotiate market-opening agreements with other countries and to pursue a robust trade agenda that puts our manufacturers on a level playing field in a highly competitive global economy. Manufacturers produce in a globally competitive economy, and we cannot sit on the sidelines.
Learn more about this issue in the U.S. Business Coalition for TPP’s latest round up of the news, commentary and analysis of the benefits to the United States.
Vice President Government Affairs
North Carolina Chamber
Register today >The North Carolina Chamber’s Economic Forecast Forum set for January 5, 2015 in RTP. Learn more about the event and sign up here.
Save the date > The North Carolina Chamber’s Manufacturing Summit is scheduled for June 4, 2015. Stay tuned for more details and registration specials.