International Trade & Exporting

The strength and long-term prosperity of the United States economy is fortified by American businesses continuing to export goods and services around the world. Pennsylvania is one of the top exporting states in the country and employers in the Commonwealth are increasingly seeking foreign customers and pursuing exporting opportunities. Engaging in international trade can help companies capitalize on business opportunities when the world economy is growing and remain viable during times of difficult economic conditions by expanding and diversifying the potential customer base. The PA Chamber supports public policy and initiatives that promote free trade, open investment and regulatory cooperation.

PA Chamber Welcomes US-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting to Pittsburgh

PA Chamber Welcomes US-EU Trade and Technology Council Meeting to Pittsburgh

Sep 28, 2021 | Lindsay Andrews

PA Chamber President and CEO Gene Barr issued the following statement regarding tomorrow's inaugural meeting in Pittsburgh of the United States and European Union Trade and Technology Council:

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State & Federal Political Recap

State & Federal Political Recap

Jul 12, 2021 | Tristan Daedalus

On Friday, Governor Tom Wolf joined Democratic members of the House and Senate, including House Democratic Leader Joanna McClinton, in Philadelphia to again call for a raise in Pennsylvania's minimum wage.  Without regard for the economic consequences of this proposal, Gov. Wolf has repeatedly called for the state's minimum wage to be raised to $15 per hour after an initial increase to $12.  The governor and advocates have also proposed eliminating the tipped credit system used primarily by the restaurant industry, which would force these small businesses to increase labor costs by 425 percent as they continue struggling to recover from the pandemic.

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The strength and long-term prosperity of the United States economy is greatly enhanced by American businesses continuing to export goods and services around the world. Engaging in international trade can help companies capitalize on business opportunities when the world economy is growing and remain viable during difficult times by expanding and diversifying the potential customer base.

Pennsylvania employers are increasingly seeking foreign customers and pursuing exporting opportunities. According to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, thousands of companies export from Pennsylvania, the vast majority of which are small and medium sized employers with fewer than 500 employees. Pennsylvania employers annually export tens of billions of dollars of goods around the world, typically ranking among the top state exporter of goods in the country.

The PA Chamber supports public policy and initiatives that promote free and fair trade, open investment, and regulatory cooperation. Specifically, we support:

  • Fair and balanced trade agreements that are reciprocal, enforceable, and enhance the competitiveness of Pennsylvania companies;
  • Efforts to remove and prevent economically damaging tariffs and mitigate barriers against U.S. exports and providing greater access to imports;
  • Efforts to encourage direct foreign investment and combat efforts by other countries to exploit U.S. companies through unfair policies, such as requiring direct transfer of intellectual property;
  • Trade Promotion Authority, which allows the President to negotiate new trade agreements, in consultation with lawmakers, and then submit the agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendment;
  • Continued authorization and federal support for the Export-Import Bank of the United States: a self-sustaining federal agency that assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets; and

  • Initiatives that promote the Commonwealth’s business climate and its job creators in order to provide for new trade and investment opportunities, including ensuring that Pennsylvania’s domestic infrastructure is adequate to meet our international trade objectives.