Global Automakers

Letter to USTR Opposing Restrictions on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) Global Standards

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April 14, 2011

Global Automakers signed onto a joint letter to express strong opposition to the current proposal on international standardization recently advanced by the EU to the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA). Along with Global Automakers, the letter was signed by several other associations including the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC), the Emergency Committee for American Trade (ECAT), and the American Automotive Policy Council (AAPC). 

The EU proposal identifies a list of preferred international standardizing bodies and effectively requires WTO signatory countries to use standards from those bodies for purposes of compliance with the Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade.  The letter argues that the proposal fails to recognize that thousands of international standards and test methods that emanate from other globally respected standardizing bodies currently serve as the basis for effective technical regulations, and that the proposal would restrict flexibility and choice in the global standards market place.

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