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:

CCIA Welcomes U.S. ITC Report Observations on Digital Trade in USMCA

Washington — Today, the U.S. International Trade Commission delivered its long-awaited report to Congress on the projected economic impact of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). CCIA agrees with the ITC’s conclusions that the agreement will likely have a “significant, positive impact” on many U.S. industries that rely on digitally-enabled trade. The USMCA sets the standard for…

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CCIA Welcomes Congressional Calls to Treat Digital Services Tax Proposals As Trade Barriers

Washington — Today, Republicans of the House Ways & Means Committee sent a letter to the White House expressing serious concerns regarding France’s and other EU countries’ proposals for a digital services tax. The letter encourages the Administration to “use all appropriate tools to address this issue” and treat the proposed tax as a barrier…

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USTR Highlights Digital Trade Barriers Including Digital Taxes and Data Localization

Washington — The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released its annual report Friday documenting prominent trade barriers around the world. USTR identifies a number of key barriers for Internet firms exporting services around the world that the Computer & Communications Industry Association highlighted in its own comments submitted last fall. These include a rise…

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