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:

U.S., UK Tech and Business Groups Call on Leaders To Advance Digital Trade

Washington — Today, a coalition of tech groups and experts from business, government, and academia in the United States and United Kingdom called on government leaders to advance a high-standard model of digital trade. The organizations, BritishAmerican Business (BAB), Information Technology Industry Council (ITI), techUK, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the U.S.-UK Business Council, and…

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CCIA Welcomes U.S.-Japan Trade Understanding, Encourages Further Work on Digital Priorities

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association welcomes the agreement on digital trade announced today between Presidents Abe and Trump as an important first step in strengthening the U.S.-Japan trade relationship. CCIA is encouraged that the two countries recognize the importance of digitally-enabled trade in goods and services and the need to lower barriers…

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G7 Leaders Commit to Global Tax Reform, Presidents Trump and Macron Discuss French Digital Tax

Washington — At the conclusion of the G7 Leaders Summit taking place over this weekend in Biarritz, France, the G7 leaders committed to reaching an agreement in 2020 to “modernize international taxation within the framework of the OECD.”  President Macron also indicated France and the US were close to a “compromise” regarding the French digital…

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