• The US is among the world's top 3 most competitive nations, presently ranking 1st according the

             World Economic Forum for 2019.

  • Surging wage rates in developing countries, increased fuel costs paired with increased US efficiencies has led to a resurgence in US manufacturing might and competitiveness.
  • US Exports account for nearly 12% of total US GDP, their highest in American history.

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  • Exports Counter US Economic Downturns – Important in Today’s Economy
  • Companies that export are 40% more profitable than those that don't. (source:  Kipplinger Newsletter)
  • Export-Related Jobs Earn 17% more than Non-Export-Related Jobs  (source: Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago)
  • 1in 5 US jobs depends on foreign trade.
  • 96% of the World's consumers and up to 75% of its GDP reside outside of the US.

Us exports, competitiveness & Free Trade agreements

US Exports & Competitiveness:

US Exports remain a vital and comprise an increasingly larger share of the US GDP, now accounting for nearly $2.5 Trillion of economic activity when considering goods and services, the largest in world history.

Below are a few key figures that point to reasons why more American firms should consider export as a way to grow revenue.

                       Sources:  US World Economic Forum, Kipplinger Newsletter, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Wall Street Journal

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Free Trade Agreements

Recognizing the powerful impact increased US exports have on the American economy, successive American administrations of both parties have forged free trade agreements with significant impact.  If oil and natural gas are taken out of the assessment, the US often has a trade surplus in aggregate with the 20 nations with which we have free trade when tabulating exports and imports of manufactured goods and services. 

The current administration is considering further trade discussions toward an FTA with the 28-member nation European Union and a broader trade framework through the former Trans Pacific Partnership via bi-lateral trade agreements with Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the US, Vietnam and Japan.  The US already as an FTA with many of these nations involved inlcuding Canada/Mexico, Australia, Chile, Peru and Singapore.

 Development and engagement by US firms in exporting now is a prudent long-term strategic move.

Contact FTI for a complete listing of America's 14 FTA's involving 20 nations and for information on how to determine if your products will receive preferential duty/tariff treatment under those agreements in those foreign markets.