Trade Benefits America

Trade agreements are good for the U.S. economy.

Trade Benefits by State

International trade and investment supports jobs and economic growth in every state. Learn more about how your state benefits on our interactive map.

Benefits of Trade Promotion Authority for America

Trade is an important engine for U.S. economic growth and jobs. With more than 30 percent of U.S. GDP tied to international trade and investment, 95 percent of the world’s population abroad, and more than one in five U.S. jobs supported by trade, U.S. engagement in the international marketplace is more important to our nation’s economy than ever before. Passage of Trade Promotion Authority will help Congress and the President to work together to forge new and beneficial trade agreements for the United States.

To learn how the United States as a whole benefits, click here.

Trade Spotlight

Trade and U.S. trade agreements create economic growth and jobs in the United States. Congressional passage of modernized Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation is critical for advancing current U.S. trade negotiations – the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and the Trade in Services Agreement – and future U.S. trade agreements.

Report by TechAmerica. TechAmerica Foundation proudly presents our 2014 edition of Tech Trade in the States: A State-by-State Overview of International Trade of Tech Goods. It provides 2012 data on tech trade at the national level and export data for all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. The report also provides an estimate as to the number of jobs that are supported by export activities.

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TPP: Key for Future U.S. Economic Growth and Jobs

To strengthen trade and investment across the Asia-Pacific region, the United States is negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement with 11 other countries – Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. In 2011, U.S. trade with these other TPP countries supported an estimated 14.9 million American jobs and 45 percent of U.S. goods exports went to those countries.

U.S. Goods & Services Exports to TPP Countries, 2011

Trade Benefits America’s Industries

U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) partners purchase hundreds of billions of dollars in American goods. In 2012, this number totaled $718 billion. Trade with our FTA partners supports a wide range of U.S. manufacturing industries – from agricultural equipment to motor vehicles to semiconductors and computer equipment.

Exports = Economic Growth

Exports and U.S. trade agreements generate new business for U.S. manufacturers, service providers and farmers.

How do exports help drive economic growth and jobs in your state? Click here to find out.

Business and Agriculture Groups to Congress: Pass Bipartisan TPA Bill This Year

Today, the Trade Benefits America Coalition – a group of more than 200 U.S. business and agricultural associations and companies – urged Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to modernize Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) this year. In a letter to House and Senate leadership, the Coalition wrote: