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Industry Issues Index

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

Topic: Trade


NCA is an advocate for free trade and supports agreements to allow U.S. confectionery companies to export and compete globally. With 95% of the world's consumers living outside of the United States, it is critical for NCA's members to reach those consumers in order to grow and create jobs.


For more than 20 years, NCA has advocated for free trade. The U.S. currently has free trade agreements with 20 nations, which open markets through the elimination of tariff and non-tariff barriers, for U.S. exports from both large and small confectionery companies and allow them to compete globally.

In 2013, NCA signed onto multiple letters, along with the broader food industry, supporting free trade and the Trans-Pacific Partnership. These letters included support for the "Core Principles for a Successful Trans-Pacific Partnership" and for all nations to abide by these guiding principles, a concern over the U.S. proposal for product-specific language to be included in the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and an ask for continued funding for the USTR.