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WTO Negotiates a Tariff-free Trade Agreement to Protect the Environment and Sealing Device Industry

WTO Photo 1Representatives of the Fluid Sealing Association and the European Sealing Association are leading efforts to create a new market access platform for sealing device technology with the World Trade Organization’s “Environmental Goods” Trade Agreement.

Seventeen trade negotiating teams from the World Trade Organization (WTO) are crafting a deal that will make selling “environmental goods” tariff-free for each participating country. The negotiations, which have been taking place in Geneva, Switzerland for the past year are looking to support or oppose as many as 650 products for the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA). With only three rounds of negotiations remaining, participating countries are hoping to reach an agreement in December, 2015.

Solar panels, wind turbines, soot removers, desalination equipment, composting systems and water quality monitors are pretty much a given for the EGA. Representatives of the sealing device industry are working to ensure mechanical seals, gaskets, packing and expansion joints are also included in the final package.

“Among others, we have taken the sealing device technology story to China, South Korea, Japan, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Switzerland, Taipei, the European Union and its 28 member states. We were afforded the opportunity to present to all participating trade delegations in Geneva in March” said Chris Swonger, Chair of the Fluid Sealing Association Government Affairs Working Group and Senior Vice President, Global Government Relations for Smiths/John Crane.

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