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Industry Initiatives

Female EngineerThe United States is the world's largest exporter and importer of industrial (non-agricultural) goods. In 2008, the United States exported $1.2 trillion in industrial goods and imported $2.0 trillion in such goods.

The United States has been at the forefront of opening global markets for U.S. manufacturers and has taken the lead in supporting initiatives and agreeements that reduce or eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers on a broad range of manufactured goods -- including aircraft, autos, chemicals, information technology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, steel, telecom equipment, and other sectors.

USTR continues to pursue market-opening initiatives that support manufacturing jobs in the United States and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry.

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In 2008, the U.S. exported:

  • $202 billion in transportation
  • $166 billion in chemical products
  • $133 bilion in non-electrical machinery
  • $34 billion in electrical equipment and appliances
  • $32 billion in fabricated metal products

Related topics:
Economy & Trade
Free Trade Agreements
Non-Agricultural Market Access

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