Trade


The Problem  |   Take Action   |   The Background


The Problem

As the new administration prepares to renegotiate trade deals like NAFTA, policy makers must consider the potential impact of rule changes to successful and mature American businesses and their supply chains.  Entire industries have developed under the current trade rules and any renegotiation is likely to affect the supply chains of many industries.

Take Action

  • Register for the 2017 Vinyl Industry Congressional Fly-in: Join exeutives from across the vinyl value chain as we advance our key issues with Congress and the new administration in the White House. 
  • Sign up for Vinyl Advocacy News: The Vinyl Institute provides numerous ways for the vinyl industry to keep up on industry issues and to engage with lawmakers, including: Vinyl Advocacy News, a bi-weekly newsletter offering updates on key issues and legislation that affect the vinyl industry.
  • Host a Plant Tour: Vinyl Industry members are encouraged to invite their state and federal lawmakers for plant tours of the facilities in a Congressional member’s district. The Vinyl Institute has created a Plant Tour Guide that provides all the information and steps needed to implement a successful plant tour. 

The Background

U.S. vinyl manufacturers rely on international trade to grow their businesses which create and maintain jobs here at home. In fact, U.S. vinyl resin manufacturers are net exporters with America’s largest trading partners, contributing to an industry trade surplus with Canada, Mexico and China.  Additionally, U.S. vinyl resin exports account for approximately 35% of total sales and the number is expected to grow by more than 30% by 2019.  These factors must be given careful consideration as the administration and Congress work to renegotiate trade deals.