Trade Advisory Committees Give Vital Voice to Small Business

SOCMA Supports Committee System in House Hearing

July 21, 2009

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Washington, DC – The Society of Chemical Manufacturers and Affiliates (SOCMA) today submitted comments for a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee on the trade advisory committee system and efforts to increase transparency and public participation in the development of U.S. trade policy. SOCMA expressed its support for the Trade Advisory Committee System (ITAC), which consists of appointed industry representatives with significant expertise who advise the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) and the Department of Commerce on highly technical issues.

“The existing ITAC system has served the country well, being especially beneficial to small business,” SOCMA stated in its comments.  “Most large companies have sufficient resources to present their trade issue interests effectively before government entities…Therefore, it appropriately allows smaller companies to also have input into our officials.”

SOCMA has official representation on ITAC-3, the chemicals, pharmaceuticals, health/science products and services sector committee. SOCMA member V.M. “Jim” DeLisi, of Fanwood Chemical, is the first small business chair in the committee’s 45-year history.

“SOCMA believes that every interested citizen of the U.S. deserves to have input into U.S. trade policy,” the organization said. “We are very fortunate to have an enormously talented group of individuals, both career and appointed, in both the Office of the USTR and the Department of Commerce, dedicated to expanded trade in goods and services.  It has been repeatedly shown that increased trade is vital to increasing the prosperity of the United States.”

“The U.S. advisory system is unique in the world and recognized by foreign competitors as one of our strengths,” SOCMA concluded.
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