Federal Policy Agenda


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Trade Principles

Improving U.S. companies’ ability to sell to more markets and customers abroad is critical for economic growth and job creation in the U.S.  Improved market access for the technology sector is essential to this effort.  TechNet supports:

  • ‍Further reductions in tariff and non-tariff barriers to information and communications technology products, services, and investments.
  • Protections for the free flow of data across borders, strong protections for intellectual property (including source code), and safeguards against intermediary liability.
  • Greater expansion of market access for trade in services, including those that are digitally delivered.
  • Making sure U.S. companies can compete on a level playing field for procurement opportunities with the governments of our trading partners.
  • Allowing products with commercial encryption to be traded freely.
  • Heightened attention to the need for global supply and value chains — particularly important to global innovation — which often are disrupted by government imposition of localization requirements, including forced technology and investment conditions that discriminate against U.S. interests.
  • Customs modernization and open payment systems that support digital trade flows, particularly by small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).  This support includes customs relief to small businesses operating abroad by compelling our trading partners to raise their de minimis thresholds to better align with the standards of the U.S.
  • A copyright framework modeled on current U.S. law that incentivizes innovation by providing reliable protection for all creative works, including software.  This should include appropriate limitations and exceptions, consistent with current U.S. law, to drive the growth of new emerging technologies, such as machine learning and text and data mining. 
  • Supporting interoperable data privacy and cybersecurity requirements and, where available, utilizing international standards and best practices.
  • The extension of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) beyond its current expiration of July 1, 2018.
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