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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 two 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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