Jan12

January 12, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Today 63 House representatives in the U.S. Congress sent a letter to Secretary Lew, Ambassador Froman, and Director Ziets to express their concern of the exclusion of financial services from the Electronic Commerce chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Jan11

January 11, 2016

Categories // 2016 News Releases

Welcome to 2016!

In the beginning of the new year the TPP Coalition and the Trade Benefits America Coalition released statements voicing support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

The TPP negotiations ended in fall 2015, and the U.S. Congress is currently reviewing the agreement.

Dec07

December 7, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today businesses worldwide released a joint statement urging WTO members to take action at the 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi this month. 25 business associations around the world called the WTO members to 1) "Speedily" ratify and implement the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement 2) Conclude agreements on Informational Technology and Environmental Goods and 3) Finalize "low-hanging fruit" in the Doha Development Agenda and create time for reflection on the launch of negotiations on new issues.

Nov05

November 5, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Overnight the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released the full Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) text. You can find the full text on their TPP website.

Nov04

November 4, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Yesterday Peter Allgeier, President of CSI, testified in front of the House Committee on the Judiciary, Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet on a hearing entitled "International Data Flows: Promoting Digital Trade in the 21st Century". You can view his full written testimony here.

Ambassador Allgeier's speech highlighted the positive impact the services revolution and the digital revolution have in the United States and around the world.

Nov02

November 2, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

On October 30th a large group of associations from North America, Europe, and Asia, including CSI, sent a comment letter to the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC) in response to their request for comments re: the Regulations on the Informatization of Insurance Institutions ("Draft Informatization Regulations") affecting insurance institutions operating and/or engaging in business with China.

The comment letter encourages CIRC to revise the Informatization Regulations "to enable all insurance institutions operating in or doing business with China, or considering entry into China's insurance market, to choose secure and reliable informatization solutions from vendors anywhere in the world."

Oct22

October 22, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today the Global Services Coalition, including CSI, released a statement on the heels of the Global Services Summit. The statement highlights the importance of moving forward on trade as 2015 comes to a close. You can read the full statement here.

Oct05

October 5, 2015

Today the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement was agreed upon by 12 countries, including the United States. CSI welcomes the conclusion of the agreement and commends the U.S. negotiating delegation under the leadership of Ambassador Michael Froman.

Oct02

October 2, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Yesterday 26 trade associations, including CSI, sent a letter to Representative Ryan, Representative Hatch, Representative Levin, and Representative Wyden urging them to pass the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act (TFTEA).

This legislation would simplify and streamline the customs entry process, to benefit stakeholders, customers, and the government. For more details you can access the letter above.

Sep22

September 22, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Yesterday the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT) sent a letter to the European Union (EU) Director General for Trade, Jean-Luc DeMarty, urging the progress of the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations. The letter will also be delivered to U.S. Ambassador Michael Froman and EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom who meet today for a TTIP "stocktaking."

Sep10

September 10, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

On September 7, 2015 CSI joined with 13 other Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) services associations to launch the Asia-Pacific Services Coalition to promote the interests of services enterprises in the APEC region.

This is an extension of CSI's efforts to create a truly global coalition of services associations on behalf of trade and investment liberalization for services.


The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) annually publishes the National Trade Estimate Report (NTE) on Foreign Trade Barriers. Therefor, USTR has placed a notice in the Federal Register requesting that interested persons submit comments to assist in identifying significant barriers to U.S. exports of goods, services, and U.S. foreign direct investment for inclusion in the NTE. The Trade Policy Staff Committee welcomes written comments to be submitted for USTR review by October 28, 2015.

Sep09

September 9, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today CSI released a study revealing there is a security gap in U.S. infrastructure related to packages being sent to the United States. Packages sent via Posts did not have any required customs entries. It was also found that international postal carriers did not submit any advance electronic security data on packages entering the United States, while private carriers must submit the data beforehand. You can find the entire study here.

Press Release

Full Study

Aug12

August 12, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Yesterday American business groups, including CSI, sent a letter to President Obama urging him to press China on technology protectionism concerns during President Xi Jinping's upcoming visit to the United States. The information and communications technology sector (ITC) in the United States in concerned by recent Chinese policies which adversely affect their ability to do business in China.

Jul09

July 9, 2015

Categories // 2015 News Releases

Today the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade (BCTT) sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and European Commissioner for Trade Cecilia Malmström urging them to boost progress with the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) in the 10th round of negotiations occurring next week, July 13-17.

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