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Statement On An Agreement Between Brazil And The U.S. To Update ATEC

Washington, DC – Internet Association Director, Trade Policy Jordan Haas issued the following statement on the United States and Brazil signing a new Protocol relating to Trade Rules and Transparency that updates the 2011 Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ATEC):

“The internet industry believes this update to the agreement with Brazil represents a missed opportunity to bolster America’s digital trade framework through both a robust digital chapter and the inclusion of important customs and trade facilitation provisions that would have facilitated e-commerce. America boasted a $219 digital trade surplus last year, and an agreement with Brazil that empowered small businesses across the country to reach a Brazilian market would have given U.S. job creators a much needed boost.”