Services-Related Publications

The publications listed below are part of CSI's efforts to maintain an up-to-date resource library of services-related publications focusing on issues of interest to CSI and its members.  

Click here for the 2018 Summit Newsletter which provides a recap of the Tenth Annual Global Services Summit, "21st Century Rules-Based Trade," which took place in Washington, DC on October 17, 2018.  The Summit provided Administration, Congressional, academic, and private sector views on the challenges of updating trade rules on a global, regional, and bilateral basis to ensure those rules promote the growth of services trade and investment, especially digitally-enabled services. 

Click here for the CSI 2018 Agenda: “Promoting American Competitiveness Through Services and Digitally Enabled Trade.”

Click here for the U.S. International Trade Commission's (USITC) "Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2018 Annual Report" (June 2018), which provides data on U.S. exports and imports of electronic services, particularly audiovisual, computer and data processing, and telecommunications services, as well as sales of these services by foreign affiliates of U.S. firms and purchases from U.S. affiliates of foreign firms. In 2016, the United States exported $93.4 billion in cross-border electronic services and imported $54.3 billion, resulting in a trade surplus of $39.1 billion. In 2015, sales by foreign affiliates of U.S. electronic services firms totaled $270.1 billion, and purchases from U.S. affiliates of foreign electronic services firms totaled $132.7 billion. U.S. electronic services contributed $989.0 billion to U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) in 2016, or 6.9 percent of total U.S. private sector GDP. Electronic services employed over 3.7 million full-time equivalent employees in 2016, representing 3.3 percent of U.S. total private-sector employment. Electronic services workers earned an average wage of $106,052 in 2016 (compared to $59,485 in the private sector overall). 

Click here for the 2018 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) (March 27, 2018), released by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).  The annual report documents foreign trade and investment barriers facing American exports around the world.

The ten members of the Global Services Coalition (GSC), representing the services sectors in their respective economies, issued a letter today to WTO Ministers ahead of the World Economic Forum Meetings in Davos urging them, “to make the utmost effort to launch negotiations building on the WTO e-commerce discussions to date to make progress towards a high standard e-commerce framework by the time of the 12th WTO Ministerial Conference in Astana.”

In their letter, the GSC commends Ministers of the 70 countries that signed the Joint Statement on E-Commerce at the Ministerial meetings in Buenos Aires in December 2017, and for their intensive exploratory discussions. The GSC letter also states that to remain relevant for challenges facing services industries in developed and developing countries alike, “multilateral rules must be expanded to encompass and promote digital trade, including areas such as cross-border data flows, prohibitions on data localization, a permanent moratorium on applying customs duties and other processes on electronic transmissions, non-discriminatory treatment of digital products, relevant services market access commitments in areas such as financial services, ICT and logistics, and trade facilitation.”

Tom Leonardi, Executive Vice President of Government Affairs at AIG, explains in this November 2018 article why the global trade environment, and trade agreements in particular, matter to a U.S.-based multinational insurance company like AIG. 

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