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Global Business Calls for Substantial Progress on a WTO Environmental Goods Agreement by Nairobi Ministerial Conference

This week in Geneva, global industry released a letter urging negotiators to make substantial progress towards an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement outcome by the 10th Ministerial Conference of the WTO in Nairobi.

December 1, 2015

An open letter to WTO negotiators:

On behalf of associations representing business from around the world, we urge governments to
conclude an ambitious Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that will eliminate tariffs on a
broad range of environmental goods and technologies under the umbrella of the World Trade
Organization (WTO).

Industries across the globe strongly endorse efforts to negotiate an EGA that is commercially
significant, negotiated in a timely fashion, implementable and adequately flexible to accommodate
and adjust to innovation.
To this end, we call on negotiators

Click here to read the entire letter.

 

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.

Click here to read more.

FSA Government Affairs Update

The “Environmental Goods” agreement is a project sponsored by the World Trade Organization to eliminate Trade barriers and export tariffs for goods that are beneficial to the environment. The unimpeded international trade of such goods would lead to their greater use, and therefore to a cleaner environment. The United States Trade Representative solicited comments on what should be included on the list of such goods. The FSA argued in a written response that sealing products, which are used to seal all types of equipment used in the production industrial products and thus contain harmful emissions, would fall under that category.

Click Government Affairs Update Fall 2014 to read more.

Click here to see video testimony given in front of a panel of government officials from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, Environment Protection Agency, and the U.S. Departments of State, Commerce, and Homeland Security.