Trade – Energy and Opportunity
Passing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) will allow the American natural gas and oil industry to continue providing the affordable, reliable and cleaner energy that powers North America’s economic prosperity.
API Supports Free Trade
全球贸易和投资regimes are of critical importance. Free trade provides opportunities for business growth and expansion; increases the range of oil, natural gas, and other petroleum products available to consumers; enhances market‐based production globally; and contributes to global energy cooperation. API believes these ends can only be achieved by eliminating impediments imposed on international oil and natural gas producers, fostering a pro‐export environment, and maintaining a level playing field among industry sectors by reducing trade barriers that distort the market and raise costs to consumers. In addition, API opposes policy measures under Section 232 - such as new tariffs quotas or other measures to restrict U.S. imports of steel and aluminum - that would be based on a broader definition of "national security."
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North American EnergySelf-sufficiency and Energy Benefits of Free Trade Agreements
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NAFTA Protects US National Security
NAFTA Protects U.S. National Security(Whitepaper)
API Trilateral Approach to NAFTA
API, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) and the Mexican Association of Hydrocarbon Companies (AMEXHI), released two trilateral position papers reiterating the importance of NAFTA, the need to maintain robust investment protections to keep North American energy integration strong, shared support for market-oriented policies and opportunities for commercial growth and job creation. API, CAPP, and AMEXHI work on behalf of international oil and gas member companies to enhance the opportunities for oil and natural gas production and manufacturing and to improve the competitiveness of the industry in North America and in the worldwide economy. The three organizations combined represent over 750 international oil and gas member companies.
API Supports a Modernized NAFTA
Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS)
强劲的投资保护,包括民、亲mote US interests and enforce fair trade and investment practices by US trade partners. The investment chapter of US free trade agreements (FTAs) such as NAFTA contains a core commitment by the host country to accord investors of the other FTA countries a basic standard of protection that includes non-discrimination, fair and equitable treatment and limits and rules for expropriation. This commitment to a basic standard of protection is backed up by a commitment to ISDS, which allows investors to seek a remedy for alleged violations of that standard in a neutral forum.
API advocates that trade agreements continue to include duty drawback provisions for U.S. manufacturers to obtain a refund (or “drawback”) of duties, taxes and fees that were paid on imported goods used in that manufacturing effort. The drawback of Federal duties, taxes and fees helps U.S. manufacturers, retailers and distributors compete in the global marketplace by reducing the distribution and production costs of U.S. exports.
Rules of Origin for NAFTA
Current rules of origin force importers to rely solely on producers to supply certificates of origin for the purpose of verifying NAFTA entries. While this is not a problem for Mexico, it is a large problem with Canada, where not all producers issue certificates. This means that importers pay duties on NAFTA entries that should be duty-free per the trade agreement. API supports a solution whereby importers would be able to self-certify NAFTA entries through a series of standard commercial documents with consistent data elements. This modification would save importers millions on unnecessary duties, enhance NAFTA, and provide a more efficient means for importers of Canadian crude and natural gas.