President & CEO of American Trading International, Inc. Seth Merrick Wilen was among a select handpicked group of key business leaders invited to the White House for a briefing and discussion on international trade policy one week after the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was signed.
Senior administration officials, including Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman and the EXIM Bank Chairman Fred Hochberg, were also in attendance. After the briefing, a reception was hosted on Capitol Hill for the business leaders to further discuss and analyze trade policy with senior congressional staff.
Mr. Wilen had the opportunity to discuss how the current and planned U.S. trade policies, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership, will affect American businesses and how the U.S. economy and job market could benefit from expanded trade policies.
“As one of the top exporters of U.S. foods and beverages we view the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement as a significant milestone for global trade paving the way for substantial opportunities for American products amongst our strategic partners in the region,” said Mr. Wilen.
Mr. Wilen’s interview with the Trade Benefits American Coalition is available to stream below:
The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a trade agreement between the United States and 11 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. It will eliminate over 18,000 taxes and other trade barriers in place for export to this region and is expected to increase Made-in-America Exports, grow the American economy, support American jobs and strengthen the American middle class. The countries involved in the agreement are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Vietnam.
Learn more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership at the website of the Office of the United States Trade Representative: https://ustr.gov/tpp/.