TIA strongly believes that it is important that the United States continue its efforts, both bilaterally and multilaterally, to bring about a fully competitive world market for information and communications technology (ICT) equipment. This can be accomplished through the enforcement and expansion of existing trade agreements, as well as the negotiation of new trade agreements. TIA is working to ensure market access for ICT products and data by working to develop new rules for digital trade, eliminate taxes on trade, and ensure strong trade enforcement – all of which reinforces American global economic leadership.
Through a lengthy series of industrial roadmaps, China has unveiled plans to become a global leader in key technology fields such as telecommunications equipment, semiconductors, software, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. This drive to boost domestic industry has been accompanied by a concerning attempt to undermine and shrink the role of U.S. and other foreign technology firms. China has proceeded to issue a complex array of overlapping rules and standards it says are necessary for national security, many associated with the Cybersecurity Law that took effect in June 2017. TIA members are concerned that China’s growing slate of security rules may disadvantage U.S. exporters selling into China’s commercial markets.
India is currently violating international trade commitments through duties it has imposed on ITA-covered products. The violations follow from duties announced in July 2017 on mobile phones, smart phones and base stations, as well as earlier levies on a range of telecommunications equipment technologies issued in 2014. TIA is advocating that the Indian government rescind duties on imported ICT equipment as soon as possible. New levies have not only hurt investor confidence, but have needlessly raised the price of technology products and services for India’s own citizens, which will make it more difficult for the government to achieve the goals of Digital India.