Florida soon will take center stage when negotiators from the United States and the European Union gather in Miami for the 11th round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) negotiations from Oct. 19-23.
The T-TIP is an ambitious, comprehensive and high-standard trade and investment agreement that will help unlock opportunity for American families, workers, businesses, farmers and ranchers through increased access to European markets for made-in-America goods and services.
This will help promote U.S. international competitiveness, jobs and growth. And it’s clear that T-TIP will specifically help Florida’s economy and strengthen its brand as a global trade leader.
Expectations for success are high, especially in light of the recent historic agreement by 12 countries to a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
Florida’s U.S.-E.U. trade and investment, already growing, should accelerate under favorable Free Trade Agreement rules.
FTA countries today receive 37 percent of Florida’s exports and 17 percent of Florida’s economy depends on free trade.
Florida’s 15 deep-water ports and 19 airports are ready to increase E.U. trade by capitalizing upon more efficient and economical FTA benefits.
For a more competitive Florida, we must ensure that both infrastructure and trade policies work to attract growing E.U. trade and investment.
Thanks to the Florida Chamber’s Trade and Logistics Study, and its advocacy efforts in support of increased trade and logistics, we are well on our way to securing Florida’s future.
The Florida Chamber encourages others to join its work through T-TIP and elsewhere to ensure that trade continues to be a part of Florida’s success story.
Lee Sandler, member,
board of directors,