November 8, 2012
TO THE MEMBERS OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS:
The undersigned members of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade strongly urge you to move quickly in the days ahead to approve legislation that supports U.S. manufacturers, service providers, farmers and workers as they seek opportunities in Russia's growing, emerging market. To preserve U.S. competitiveness in the global marketplace, Congress must pass legislation to establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia and remove Russia from the provisions of the Jackson-Vanik amendment.
For nearly eighty days now, Russia has been a member of the World Trade Organization (WTO). For nearly eighty days now, all of the other 155 members of the WTO have been able to fully access Russia's market liberalizations, including new rules related to services, science-based animal and plant health, and intellectual property protection - but U.S. businesses cannot. For nearly eighty days now, U.S. business has had no voice in the WTO's rules-based system to engage Russia regarding any of its policies that may be inconsistent with the obligations it has undertaken as a WTO member. Without PNTR, the United States has no enforceable rights and no recourse in the Russian market.
Russia is the 9th largest economy in the world. Our competitors in Europe, China and elsewhere are pleased to be able to step in and take advantage of meeting Russia's needs not only in infrastructure and modernization of its industrial base, but also the demands of a growing consumer class that is highly educated and appreciates quality. In what should be an exciting time of Russia's market-opening for U.S. business, our executives have been relegated to an "observer" status - watching as our competitors will snap up contracts that will lock in commercial relationships for years to come. With the United States accounting for only about 4% of Russia's goods imports last year, and the overall import market in Russia standing at approximately $400 billion in goods and services in 2011, the United States simply cannot afford to unilaterally cede short- and long-term opportunities in Russia.
The United States may not see eye to eye with Russia on many issues - whether in the international arena or on issues related to civil society and democracy. Nevertheless, passing legislation to enact Russia PNTR - a status that Republican and Democratic presidents have approved on an annual basis since 1992 - is an important step in our encouragement of greater transparency and accountability in Russia today. Our businesses can be ambassadors for strong values and principles in Russia - if we have the chance.
We therefore urge you to stand with U.S. manufacturers, service providers, farmers and workers and approve Russia PNTR as quickly as possible upon your return to Washington.
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Adams and Reese LLP
Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed)
Aerospace Industries Association
Aget Manufacturing Co.
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
Alaska Minerals Inc.
Alcohol Monitoring Systems
Alert Stamping & Manufacturing Co., Inc.
Allied Mineral Products, Inc.
Almaz Capital Partners
Altrius Group, LLC
Amalga Composites, Inc.
American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)
American Association of Exporters and Importers
American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC)
American Beverage Association (ABA)
American Chamber of Commerce in Russia
American Chemistry Council (ACC)
American Council of Life Insurers
American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS
American Farm Bureau Federation
American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)
American Forest & Paper Association
American Foundry Society
American Institute for International Steel
American Natural Soda Ash Corporation (ANSAC)
American-Russian Business Council
American Russian Cultural Cooperation Foundation
American Soybean Association
American Wire Producers Association
Anderson Hay & Grain Company, Inc.
Arcadia Chair Company
Ardaman & Associates, Inc.
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Manufacturers Council
Arnall Golden Gregory LLP
Arrow Adhesives Co.
Ashland Area Chamber of Commerce
Associated Industries of Massachusetts
Association and Society Management International, Inc.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Association of Global Automakers
Association of Washington Business
Astec Industries, Inc.
Atlantic Ro-Ro-Carriers, Inc.
Atlas Air Worldwide Holdings, Inc.
Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association
BLS Enterprises, Inc.
BP America, Inc.
BSA |The Software Alliance
Baker & McKenzie
Bank of America
Baring Vostok Capital Partners
BarSplice Products, Inc.
Belton Industries, Inc.
Beretta USA Corporation
Berry Moorman PC
Betts Spring Company
Blackhawk Molding Co., Inc.
The Boeing Company
Bor-It Manufacturing, Inc.
Buffalo Niagara Partnership
Burlington International Group
California Chamber of Commerce
California Poultry Federation
Case Farms, LLC
Case New Holland Inc.
Center for Business Ethics and Corporate Governance
Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce
Chartiers Fabricating & Powder Coating
Chemplex Automotive Group, Inc.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota
Chrysler Group LLC
Cisco Systems, Inc.
Clark Reliance Corporation
Coalition for Employment through Exports
Coalition for Intellectual Property Rights (CIPR)
Coalition of Service Industries
The Coca-Cola Company
Connecticut Business Industry Association
Consumer Electronics Association
Continental Heat Treating, Inc.
Corn Refiners Association
Cosman Corporate Consultants
Council for U.S.-Russia Relations
Crawfordville/Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce
DHL Express USA, Inc.
Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce
Dasco Pro Inc.
Deep Sea Fisheries Inc.
Deere & Company
Delmarva Poultry Industry, Inc.
Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce
Detroit Regional Chamber
Dietz & Watson, Inc.
The Walt Disney Company
Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, Inc.
District Export Council of Southern California
The Dow Chemical Company
Duke Manufacturing Co.
EAP Lifestyle Management, LLC
East Michigan District Export Council
Eastman Chemical Company
Economic Alliance Snohomish County
Eli Lilly and Company
Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT)
Emerging Markets Communications LLC
Ernst & Young
Eurasia Partners, LP
Evenflo Company, Inc.
Excel International Consultants, LLC
Exxon Mobil Corporation
F.M. Howell & Company
Falcon Plastics, Inc.
First International Resources
Fisher Industries-General Steel and Supply Co.
Ford Motor Company
Forest City Gear
Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce
Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Fullerton Chamber of Commerce
Gallup McKinley County Chamber of Commerce
General Electric Company
General Motors Company
Georgia Chamber of Commerce
Georgia Poultry Federation
Grain Millers Dairy Products
Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce
The Greater Des Moines Partnership
The Greater El Paso Chamber of Commerce
Greater Houston Partnership
Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber of Commerce
Greater Louisville Inc.
Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
Greater Sandoval Chamber of Commerce
Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce
Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA)
Guardian Industries Corporation
Hangsterfer's Laboratories, Inc.
Hawaii Pacific Export Council
Heppner Hardwoods, Inc.
Herbalife International of America, Inc.
The Hercules Group
Hermitage Museum Foundation (USA), Inc.
The High Companies
Highland Forwarding, Inc.
Highland Project Logistics, Inc
Hills & Company, International Consultants
Hilmar Cheese Company
Hong Kong. China. Hawaii Chamber of Commerce
Hormel Foods Corporation
Illinois Chamber of Commerce
Illinois District Export Council
Illinois Manufacturers' Association
Illinois Tool Works Inc.
INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry
It Straps On, Inc.
Indiana State Poultry Association
Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)
International Business-Government Counsellors, Inc. (IBC)
International Franchise Association
International Paper Company
International Safety Equipment Association
International Trade Association of Greater Chicago
Iowa Turkey Federation
J. Palazzolo Son, Inc.
JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Jamison Door Company
John Tedstrom Associates, LLC
Johnson & Johnson
Johnson City Chamber of Commerce
Johnson Marketing and Management Company
Johnstown Wire Technologies, Inc.
Joliet Chamber of Commerce
K&B Seafood, Inc.
K & N Engineering, Inc.
Kalorama Partners, LLC
Kampco Steel Products, Inc.
Kansas Chamber of Commerce
Kansas Global Trade Services, Inc.
Kansas Soybean Commission
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky District Export Council
Kercher Industries, Inc.
Kinze Manufacturing, Inc.
Kline Mechanical Systems
Kuryakyn Holdings, LLC
La Belle, Inc.
Laserage Technology Corporation
Lawson International, Inc.
Lazare Kaplan International Inc.
The Legacy Companies
The Lex Group
Liberty Mutual Group
Liberty Pumps Inc.
Limco Logistics, Inc.
Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc.
Louisiana Caviar Company
MP Global Products
Mack Trucks, Inc.
ManattJones Global Strategies
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
The Manitowoc Company, Inc.
Manufacturers Association of Florida
Maryland Chamber of Commerce
Maryland/Washington DC District Export Council
Materion Technical Materials
Meadows Mills, Inc.
Melbourne Regional Chamber of East Central Florida
Mercator XXI, LLC
Merck & Co., Inc.
Merritt Equipment Co.
Met One Instruments Inc.
Metal Powder Industries Federation
Metro Chem Associates
Metro South Chamber of Commerce
Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce
Miami Valley Marketing Group, Inc.
Michael Foods, Inc.
Michigan Milk Producers Association
Micro Abrasives Corporation
Mid-America District Export Council
Mid-Atlantic District Export Council
Mid-Atlantic - Russia Business Council
Miller Wire Works, Inc.
Mills Machine Co.
Mine Safety Appliances Co. (MSA)
Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce
Minnesota Turkey Growers Association
Mississippi Economic Council – The State Chamber of Commerce
Mississippi Manufacturers Association
Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce
Montana Chamber of Commerce
Montana District Export Council
Moore Industries International Inc.
Nasir Muhamma Consulting
National Association of Manufacturers
National Barley Growers Association
National Black Chamber of Commerce
National Ceramic Company
National Chicken Council
National Corn Growers Association
National District Export Council
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
National Foreign Trade Council
National Marine Manufacturers Association
National Milk Producers Federation
National Oilseed Processors Association
National Retail Federation
National Small Business Association
National Turkey Federation
Neenah Enterprises, Inc.
Nevada Manufacturers Association
New York District Export Council, Inc.
North Alabama International Trade Association
North American Equipment Dealers Association
North Carolina Chamber
North Carolina District Export Council
North Carolina Poultry Federation
North Dakota Chamber of Commerce
North Dakota Trade Office
North Texas District Export Council
Northern California District Export Council
Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA)
Northumberland County Chamber of Commerce
Northwest Horticultural Council
Northern Ohio District Export Council
Ohio Alliance for International Trade
Ohio Chamber of Commerce
Ohio Poultry Association
Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
PBN Hill+Knowlton Strategies
Pacific Northwest Waterways Association
Palm Desert Chamber of Commerce
Paulson Manufacturing Corporation
PennAg Industries Association Poultry Council
Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry
Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company of New Haven, Mo.
Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
Philips Electronics North America
Port of Everett (WA)
Port of Longview (WA)
Port of Seattle (WA)
Port of Tacoma (WA)
Port of Vancouver (WA)
The Poultry Federation
Precision Manufacturing Group, LLC
Precision Plating Company, Inc.
Priestley International Consulting
Procter & Gamble Company
Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce
Quality Float Works, Inc.
R & L Spring Company, Inc.
RDO Equipment Co.
RSR Russia LLC
Rampe Manufacturing Company
Ranco Fertiservice, Inc.
Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA)
Rhode Island Manufacturers Association
Robert Bosch LLC
Rocky Mount Cord Co.
Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce
Rudd Company, Inc.
Russia Innovation Collaborative, LLC
Russian American Foundation, Inc.
Russian-American Chamber of Commerce in the USA
Russin & Vecchi LLP
Ruston-Lincoln Chamber of Commerce
SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association
Salisbury Area Chamber of Commerce
Salt Lake Chamber of Commerce
Sam Ashe Trading Company LLC
San Diego & Imperial District Export Council
Sanderson Farms, Inc.
Schatz Bearing Corporation
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Siguler Guff & Company, LP
Simmons Prepared Foods
Small Business Exporters Association
Southern Champion Tray
Southern Ohio District Export Council
Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA)
Stephen Bearden H.B. International Marketing Services, Inc.
Sterling Machine Co. Inc.
Sudenga Industries Inc.
Sunnen Products Company
Sweet Analysis Services, Inc.
Swiss Valley Farms
T.C. Jacoby & Company
Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber
Task Force Tips, Inc.
Tempe Chamber of Commerce
Tennessee District Export Council
Texas Camino Real District Export Council
Texas Turkey Federation
The Timken Company
Torrey Pines Investment, LLC
Toy Industry Association
Toyota Motor North America, Inc.
Trenton Sheet Metal Inc.
Trinity Manufacturing, Inc.
Tucson Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
USA Poultry & Egg Export Council (USAPEEC)
U.S.A. Dry Peas & Lentil Council
U.S. Canola Association
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Council for International Business (USCIB)
U.S. Dairy Export Council
U.S. Poultry and Egg Association
U.S. Trading & Investment Company
U.S.-Russia Business Council
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce
U.S.-Russia Chamber of Commerce of New England
The U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law
Ultra Tech Machinery, Inc.
United Dairymen of Arizona
United Electric Controls Company
United States Metal Powders Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
Valmont Industries, Inc.
Versaci Group International
VIDA Products, Inc.
Virginia Poultry Federation
Virginia/Washington DC District Export Council
Vital Systems Electronics Inc.
Volunteer Adhesive Corp.
WCCO Belting, Inc.
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Washington Council on International Trade
Washington State Farm Bureau
Washington State Potato Commission
West Texas District Export Council
Western Forms International, Inc.
Western Pennsylvania District Export Council
Westney Consulting Group
White Pine Chamber of Commerce
The Whitmore Manufacturing Company
William T. Robinson, PLLC
Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce (WMC)
Wisconsin Poultry & Egg Industries Association
World Trade Center Denver
World Trade Center Kentucky
WorldBusiness Capital, Inc.
Zelazoski Wood Products, Inc.
Zero Zone Inc.