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:

G-20 Summit Offers Opportunities To De-Escalate Tensions

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association calls on U.S. officials to use the upcoming Group of 20 Summit to improve relations and reduce tensions with trade partners. Leaders of the world’s biggest economies will be meeting Friday and Saturday in Argentina to discuss a range of economic issues. Officials should take heed of…

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CCIA Recommendations on Negotiating Priorities for U.S-Japan Trade

Washington — As the U.S. considers its negotiating objectives for a potential U.S.-Japan free trade agreement, the Computer & Communications Industry Association filed comments today with USTR outlining digital trade priorities. The comments discuss the needs for an intellectual property chapter that ensures protections for online intermediaries and includes limitations and exceptions necessary for the…

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Tech Industry Letter to USTR Regarding De Minimis in USMCA

Washington — The Computer & Communications Industry Association joined 14 other associations in a letter to United States Trade Representative Lighthizer Tuesday requesting that a footnote be removed in the recently-agreed USMCA which suggests that the United States could lower its de minimis threshold for Canada and Mexico to a “reciprocal amount.” The letter notes…

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