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Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade
1110 Vermont Avenue, NW
Suite 350
Washington, DC  20005
Fax: (202) 659-5920

Randi Levinas
Executive Director
Phone: (202) 739-9196
Email: Randi Levinas

 

92-4 (Senate Vote No. 223, December 6, 2012)

 

365-43 (House Roll Call 608, November 16, 2012)

 

THANK YOU, CONGRESS, FOR APPROVING PNTR WITH RUSSIA

The Members of the Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade

The Coalition for U.S.-Russia Trade (“Coalition”), a broad-based group representing U.S. manufacturing, services and agricultural interests (please click here for a full list of Coalition Members), was led by the U.S.-Russia Business Council (www.usrbc.org) in conjunction with major D.C.-based business groups such as the Business Roundtable, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Emergency Committee for American Trade, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Chamber of Commerce in Moscow. The Coalition was formed to ensure an agreement on Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on strong, commercially meaningful terms and to ensure that U.S. firms and farmers can fully access those benefits and protect their interests in Russia, one of the world's largest and fastest growing economies in transition in recent years.

With a strong accession package in hand, the WTO Ministerial Conference formally invited Russia to become a WTO member in December 2011.

In early 2012, the Coalition ramped up its efforts to secure legislation to remove Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment and establish Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) with Russia to ensure that U.S. business could fully benefit from Russia’s WTO accession.

The Coalition's membership expanded to more than 500 entities during the course of the campaign. In July 2012, the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved (26-0), without amendment, legislation establishing PNTR with Russia and the House Ways and Means Committee followed suit approving identical PNTR legislation by voice vote. This was an historic, bipartisan achievement.

Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on August 22, 2012. Its membership in the WTO holds the promise for greater transparency, adherence to the rule of law and increased certainty for U.S. trade and investment there. As the world's 9th largest economy and with a growing middle class that is now almost a third of its population, Russia represents an attractive market for U.S. business seeking to maintain global competitiveness and sustain and create jobs in the United States.

After much hard work by Coalition members and strong collaboration with counterparts in the U.S. Congress and in the Obama Administration, on November 16, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation to remove Russia from the Jackson-Vanik amendment and establish PNTR with Russia by an overwhelming vote margin of 365-43. The U.S. Senate followed on December 6 with a resounding vote of 92-4. The bipartisan support this legislation garnered was historic, and it is no small part because Russia PNTR is good for U.S. jobs and the U.S. economy. Russia PNTR was simply the right thing to do.

On December 13, President Barak Obama signed the legislation into law, and on December 20, he issued a Presidential Proclamation to extend Permanent Normal Trade Relations to Russia. On December 21, the United States and Russia both withdrew their notices of non-application of the WTO Agreement, enabling manufacturers, service providers, ranchers and farmers in the United States to take full advantage of the benefits and opportunities of Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization.

Passage of Russia PNTR did not involve a single change to a U.S. tariff line or any market-opening measures by the United States. This legislation was about ensuring U.S. access to commitments Russia has made as a WTO member, and the U.S.' ability to enforce those commitments in the global rules-based trading system.

Permanent Normal Trade Relations with Russia ensures U.S. access to the Russian marketplace and important new WTO rights, including stronger intellectual property protections, greater transparency, and recourse to the WTO's dispute settlement procedures if Russia fails to meet its commitments. This legislation places U.S. business on an equal footing in securing new sales and contracts, and it creates greater business certainty for U.S. companies seeking to expand in the Russian market.

PNTR is for US.

Highlights

PNTR Fact of the Week - Look Who's on Record in Support of Russia PNTR >>

PNTR Talking Points >>

What's at Stake for U.S. Firms and Farmers without Russia PNTR? >>

Coalition Letter Urging Congress to Approve Russia PNTR (November 8, 2012) >>

Coalition Letter Urging the President to Work with Congress for Approval of Russia PNTR (November 8, 2012) >>

Understanding Jackson-Vanik / PNTR - Carnegie Council Event, New York (September 2011) >>

U.S. States’ Business Ties with Russia

State-by-State and Sector-by-Sector: Learn More about the Importance of the Russian Market to U.S. Businesses >>

Annual U.S.-Russia Business Council “Road Shows” to States Across the Country >>

 


 

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USTR Hails Application of the WTO Agreement (December 21, 2012)
President Obama Issues Presidential Proclamation to Extend PNTR to Russia (December 20, 2012)
USRBC Welcomes Signing of Russia PNTR Legislation (December 14, 2012)
Business Community Coalition Praises Senate Action on Russia PNTR (December 6, 2012)
USRBC Hails Senate Passage of Russia PNTR (December 6, 2012)
USCIB Says Business Welcomes Adoption of Russia Trade Bill (December 6, 2012)
AAPC Applauds Passage of Russia PNTR Bill (December 6, 2012)
Ecolab Welcomes Senate Passage of Bipartisan Russia PNTR Legislation (December 6, 2012)
DuPont Applauds U.S. Senate for Passage of Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status for Russia (December 6, 2012)
ECAT Welcomes Senate Passage of Russia PNTR Legislation (December 6, 2012)
Cargill Applauds Permanent Normal Trade Relations Status with Russia (December 6, 2012)
BSA Says Senate Passage of Russia PNTR Bill Represents Watershed Moment (December 6, 2012)
Chamber Hails Passage of Russia PNTR (December 6, 2012)
BRT Applauds Senate Approval of Russia PNTR Legislation (December 6, 2012)
Microsoft Praises Senate Vote on Trade Bill (December 6, 2012)
American Soybean Association Applauds Senate Passage of Russia PNTR Bill (December 6, 2012)
Boeing Commends Senate Action Supporting U.S. Exports to Russia (December 6, 2012)
Dow Applauds Passage of PNTR with Russia (December 6, 2012)
WCIT Applauds Senate Passage of Legislation to Grant Russia PNTR Status (December 6, 2012)
Jewish Groups Applaud Congressional Passage of Bill to Graduate Russia, Moldova from Jackson-Vanik (December 6, 2012)
DISCUS Predicts Russia PNTR Will Boost Exports (December 6, 2012)
Boeing Statement Supporting House Vote on Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
AEM Commends House of Representatives Upon Passage of Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
ANSAC Supports House Passage of Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
ASA Applauds House Passage of Russia PNTR Bill, Calls on Senate to Vote (November 16, 2012)
BRT Lauds House Approval of Russia PNTR Legislation, Urges Senate to Take Immediate Action (November 16, 2012)
BSA Welcomes House Vote for Russia PNTR, Urges Senate to Follow Suit (November 16, 2012)
Business Community Applauds Historic Bipartisan House Vote on Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
U.S. Chamber of Commerce Applauds House Passage of Russia PNTR Bill (November 16, 2012)
Dairy Groups Praise House Approval of Bill on U.S.-Russia Trade Relations (November 16, 2012)
Dow Applauds Action Taken by the House in Supporting PNTR with Russia (November 16, 2012)
DuPont Applauds Passage of House Bill to Grant Russia PNTR Status (November 16, 2012)
ECAT Applauds House Passage of PNTR with Russia (November 16, 2012)
Ecolab Applauds House Passage of Bipartisan Russia PNTR Legislation (November 16, 2012)
Statement by Farm Bureau Regarding House Passage of PNTR for Russia (November 16, 2012)
GE Statement on Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
ITI Says Strong House Passage of Russia PNTR Sets Stage for Senate Action (November 16, 2012)
NAM Urges Swift Action in Senate (November 16, 2012)
NEMA Welcomes House Vote on U.S.-Russia Trade (November 16, 2012)
NFTC Applauds House Approval of Russia PNTR Legislation (November 16, 2012)
NOPA Applauds House Passage of Russia PNTR (November 16, 2012)
U.S. Poultry Industry Commends House on Bipartisan Passage of Russia Trade Bill (November 16, 2012)
TechAmerica Applauds House Passage of Bill that Opens the Russian Market to U.S. Business (November 16, 2012)
TechNet Supports House Approval of PNTR for the Russian Federation (November 16, 2012)
USCIB Applauds House Passage of Russia Trade Bill (November 16, 2012)
USRBC Hails Overwhelming Vote in Support of Russia PNTR by House of Respresentatives (November 16, 2012)
WCIT Applauds House Passage of Legislation to Grant Russia PNTR Status (November 16, 2012)

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