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To: The 45th President of the United States
From: Mike Ducker
In the United States, trade drives our economy, ignites innovation and powers job creation. The evolution of e-commerce has transformed the landscape for trade agreements and created the need to update the rules and processes reflecting today’s global digital economy.
To ensure the U.S. continues to lead the world in new trade opportunities, our nation needs you to support trade and investment agreements that open markets, reduce tariffs, are transparent, and are beneficial to our future.
FedEx plays a critical role in expanding trade by connecting people and possibilities. Every day, we see examples of small businesses that sell beyond their borders, and research shows businesses that export see greater revenue growth and create more jobs than their non-exporting counterparts.
According to a recent Forrester study commissioned by FedEx, across 17 global markets − including the Trans Pacific Partnership countries of Australia, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Singapore and the United States − the number of respondents making an online purchase from a merchant outside of their home country was 82 percent. Not surprisingly, a key goal of U.S.-led trade agreements is to build more nimble supply chains in order to deliver American products and services to customers around the world.
America needs a leader who will continue to modernize trade rules, streamline customs and simplify regulatory processes to open up opportunities for businesses of all sizes to participate in the global economy. Whether you order a product as a consumer or run a business, the experience of trading internationally runs headlong into cumbersome and outdated rules. But that doesn’t have to remain the reality.
Trade plays to America’s strengths — our innovation, our competitiveness, our people. We need to do all we can to make the case for more American exports. If you negotiate trade agreements that are in keeping with our values of innovation, hard work, fairness, and doing what is right, trade can be America’s next great success story.
President and CEO
Chairman, U.S. Chamber of Commerce