Free and open markets have been a core principle of CCIA since it was founded more than 45 years ago. Trade advantages all nations, as they can focus on production of goods and services most suitable to their resources and workforce. The internet contributes to the majority of such services as digital services are increasingly integrated into manufacturing, agriculture, and other traditional U.S. sectors and as internet usage becomes increasingly cloud-based.

Digital trade is threatened by laws and regulations that hinder the further growth and cross-border delivery of Internet services. Internet companies currently face a number of digital trade barriers that include data and infrastructure localization mandates, filtering and blocking, conflicting rules on liability for intermediaries, imbalanced copyright laws, mandated access to secure technologies and weakening of encryption, discriminatory taxes that target the U.S. tech sector, and excessive export control regimes on high-tech products.

CCIA encourages countries to adopt regulatory and legal frameworks that lower barriers to trade and strengthen user trust in digital services. CCIA engages regularly with trade officials in the United States and the European Union and participates in regulatory reviews and public comment processes around the world.

Most Recent Statements & Filings:

  • Digital Economy, News & Events, Taxes & TradeCCIA Statement on Canada Moving Forward on Digital Services Tax Washington — Canada announced this week that it will take steps to implement a digital services tax, as announced by Department of Finance Canada. The Canada tax closely mirrors other unilateral measures pursued by European countries in recent years, which have been subject to trade investigations that found the taxes discriminatory against U.S. tech companies…
  • News & Events, Taxes & TradeCCIA Joins 10 Associations In Canadian Digital Tax Letter Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 10 trade associations in a letter to U.S. officials  expressing concern with Canada’s planned  digital services tax aimed at U.S. companies. The letter notes that Canada’s tax appears inconsistent with Canada’s participation in the OECD/G20 Two-Pilar Solution and its trade obligations with the United States. CCIA…
  • Taxes & TradeG20 Endorses Agreement on Global Tax Reform Washington — G20 leaders endorsed the new global tax agreement following the conclusion of the Summit in Rome. G20 ministers had tasked the OECD to undertake this broader tax reform initiative initially and today’s endorsement is therefore an important milestone. More than 130 countries reached consensus on a two pillar solution and historic global tax…