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International trade plays a vital role in the consumer technology sector and the U.S. economy. Unfair trade practices must be addressed, but the solution is not to put a new tax on U.S. businesses and force consumers to pay dramatically more for the tech products they need. Increased tariffs and trade wars risk more than 2 million American jobs associated with trade involving tech. The growth of our industry is vital to the economic health of the nation. It's a tax on access to the internet. 
 
As the White House and Congress look to address unfair trade practices – including China's treatment of intellectual property, and by renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – they must consider the economic impact their decisions have on American jobs and companies. Our policies should address trade barriers disproportionally challenging to businesses – including high taxes on products; overly complex trade paperwork; corruption; restrictions on investment and internet data flows; weak protections on patents, trademarks and copyrights – but not unintentionally hurt American businesses and consumers.

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