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WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 20, 2012) - The American Chemistry Council (ACC) issued the following statement regarding announcements that Mexico and Canada have been invited to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade negotiations:

"The inclusion of Mexico and Canada to the Pacific free-trade talks will enable U.S. businesses to advance existing commercial relationships with our North American trading partners, while at the same time broadening the scope and impact of the negotiations.

"ACC and its  members strongly encourage the inclusion of additional trading partners ready to commit to the ambitious trade parameters agreed to by the nine original negotiating parties.

" American jobs depend on access to important markets, and free trade agreements such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership work to remove trade barriers and ensure a level playing field for United States chemical manufacturers, which contributed $197 billion in exports in 2011."


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