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CEA Member Urges Congress to Resist Actions that Could Expose U.S. Exports to Retaliation

CEA Commissioned Study Shows Role of Trade with China in U.S. CE Industry

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), the preeminent trade association representing more than 2,100 consumer technology companies, today released a statement endorsing the testimony of CEA member company MAXSA Innovations before a U.S. House committee examining global free trade.

“A global network of production–in particular, production in China–allows U.S. companies to keep a strong manufacturing presence in the United States,” said Skip West, president of MAXSA Innovations in testimony delivered today before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means, Subcommittee on Trade.

Highlighting CEA’s position on U.S.-China trade, West testified that the global production network allows U.S. technology companies to keep a robust domestic manufacturing presence focused on high-value products where America retains a competitive advantage, while keeping innovative products coming to the market at affordable prices for U.S. consumers.

West noted that consumer electronics imports from China support thousands of American jobs, including jobs in research and development, marketing, distribution and after-sales support.

“CEA is the U.S. sponsor of SINOCES, China’s largest technology exhibition,” West explained. “The extraordinary success of this show illustrates the importance of this relationship to the technology industry.”

Finally, West urged Congress not to take measures inconsistent with our World Trade Organization obligations. “The result may be retaliatory measures by China or other countries against our exports,” West cautioned.

Role of China in Competitiveness of U.S. CE Industry, a CEA-commissioned report on the importance of trade with China to the CE industry, is available free of charge at http://www.ce.org.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the preeminent trade association promoting growth in the $148 billion U.S. consumer technology industry through technology policy, events, research, promotion and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA represents more than 2,100 corporate members involved in the design, development, manufacturing, distribution and integration of audio, video, mobile electronics, wireless and landline communications, information technology, digital imaging, home networking, multimedia and accessory products, as well as related services that are sold through consumer channels. CEA’s resources are available online at http://www.CE.org, the definitive source for information about the consumer electronics industry.

CEA also sponsors and manages the International CES – Where Entertainment, Technology and Business Converge. All profits from CES are reinvested into industry services, including technical training and education, industry promotion, engineering standards development, market research and legislative advocacy.

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