International Trade and Exporting

The strength and long-term prosperity of the United States economy is greatly enhanced by American businesses continuing to export goods and services around the world. Engaging in international trade can help companies capitalize on business opportunities when the world economy is growing and remain viable during difficult times by expanding and diversifying the potential customer base.

Pennsylvania is one of the top exporting states in the country and employers in the Commonwealth are increasingly seeking foreign customers and pursuing exporting opportunities. According to the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Commerce, a total of 15,758 companies, of which nearly 90 percent were small and medium sized businesses, exported from Pennsylvania in 2014, which helped support over 190,000 jobs. Overall, Pennsylvania companies exported nearly $36.6 billion in goods in 2015.

The PA Chamber supports public policy and initiatives that promote free and fair trade, open investment, and regulatory cooperation. Specifically, we support:

  • Trade agreements and policies that are fair and balanced and enhance the competitiveness of Pennsylvania companies by removing or mitigating barriers against U.S. exports and providing greater access to imports;
  • Trade Promotion Authority, which allows the President to negotiate new trade agreements, in consultation with lawmakers, and then submit the agreement to Congress for an up-or-down vote without amendment;
  • Continued authorization and federal support for the Export-Import Bank of the United States: a self-sustaining federal agency that assists in financing the export of U.S. goods and services to international markets; and
  • Initiatives that promote the Commonwealth’s business climate and its job creators in order to provide for new trade and investment opportunities, including ensuring that Pennsylvania’s domestic infrastructure is adequate to meet our international trade objectives.