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The United States is the world's largest exporter and importer of industrial (non-agricultural) goods. In 2008, the United States exported $1.2 trillion in industrial goods and imported $2.0 trillion in such goods.
The United States has been at the forefront of opening global markets for U.S. manufacturers and has taken the lead in supporting initiatives and agreeements that reduce or eliminate tariffs and non-tariff barriers on a broad range of manufactured goods -- including aircraft, autos, chemicals, information technology, pharmaceuticals, semiconductors, steel, telecom equipment, and other sectors.
USTR continues to pursue market-opening initiatives that support manufacturing jobs in the United States and enhance the competitiveness of U.S. industry.