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Press Release: New PPI Report Highlights TPP’s Many Practical Benefits for U.S. Small Exporters

By / 9.26.2016

September 26, 2016

Contact: Cody Tucker, or 202-775-0106

New PPI Report Highlights TPP’s Many Practical Benefits for U.S. Small Exporters

Secretary Penny Pritzker


WASHINGTON—The Progressive Policy Institute (PPI) today released a new policy memo highlighting the many practical ways in which the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement will make exporting faster, easier, cheaper, and more certain for U.S. small exporters, and how growing small business trade would help spread trade’s benefits to more Americans. The report was released at a public event on Capitol Hill that featured opening remarks from Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA) and a keynote address from Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker.

Authored by Ed Gerwin, senior fellow for trade and global opportunity at PPI, “A Big Deal for Small Business: How the Trans-Pacific Partnership Would Boost America’s Small Exporters” profiles seven small and mid-sized American exporters—representing different business sectors and regions—and explains the real-world ways in which the TPP’s reforms would help these smaller businesses prosper through global commerce.

“These stories show that—from the perspectives of these American small businesses—the TPP is much more than an academic exercise or a political debate,” writes Gerwin. “Instead, it’s a vital, practical tool for eliminating foreign trade barriers and for opening up significant new opportunities for U.S. small businesses to grow by selling goods and services to key markets around the Pacific Rim.”

  • For Halosil International, a Delaware- based small manufacturer of disinfecting chemicals and systems, the TPP would reduce regulatory confusion, duplicative testing requirements, foreign duties, and customs red tape.
  • For Wente Vineyards, a family-owned winery in California’s Livermore Valley and Arroyo Seco regions, the TPP would phase out high foreign duties in countries including Japan and Vietnam, while promoting global best practices in wine regulation and labeling.
  • For SheerID, a Eugene, Oregon-based small business that provides customer verification solutions for e-commerce, mobile, and in- person eligibility, the TPP’s reforms would provide new business opportunities in growing regional e-commerce and help protect the firm’s vital intellectual property.
  • For Aladdin Light Lift, Inc., a small Huntsville, Alabama-based manufacturer of lift systems for raised lighting, the TPP would eliminate duties, increase the transparency of regulations, and reduce the need for multiple tests.
  • For Cask, LLC, a Stafford, Virginia-based, woman-owned provider of business consulting services, the TPP would support new business opportunities in Vietnam and reduce foreign barriers to providing professional services.
  • For The Pro’s Closet, a Boulder, Colorado- based online reseller of used cycling gear, the TPP would assure international flows of commercial data, promote more efficient and reliable e-commerce, and eliminate foreign shipping and customs delays.
  • For Pacific Valley Foods, a family-run Bellevue, Washington-based exporter of frozen, canned, and prepared foods, the TPP would reduce high duties in key TPP markets like Japan and level the playing field against competing suppliers from other countries.