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Policy Perspectives

Policy Perspectives

FedEx on Trade

Trade is the lifeblood of the global economy, and we believe everyone benefits when it is easier to bring new products and ideas to the global market. FedEx plays a critical role in expanding trade by connecting people and possibilities, helping businesses build more nimble supply chains and delivering local products and services to global customers around the world.

How Trade Keeps America Great
Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith
– December 9, 2016

FedEx Trade Index

The FedEx Trade Index periodically surveys over 1,000 small business leaders to track the impact of international trade among the small business segment of the U.S. economy.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

FedEx Newsroom – September 22, 2016
FedEx Trade Index: Trade is a big deal for small business

Blog – September 22, 2016
Trade: A Big Deal for Small Business

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Video & Infographics

De Minimis

FedEx is pleased all our customers in the U.S. will soon be allowed to buy international items worth up to $800 duty-free. Quadrupling the threshold from $200 to $800, along with a simplified return process, will now make cross-border ecommerce cheaper, faster and more predictable.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

FedEx Blog – February 11, 2016
New Duty-Free Rules

FedEx Blog – February 9, 2016
Shopping without Borders

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

FedEx supports the passage of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. TPP will simplify trade, reduce barriers and create new opportunities for small and medium sized companies. TPP will also address issues critical to the modern, digital economy, such as e-commerce and electronic data flows. By improving customs clearance in the 12 TPP countries, trade will become simpler, faster and more transparent for all our customers.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

FedEx Newsroom – September 30, 2016
FedEx Talks Trade at World Affairs Council

FedEx Newsroom – July 20, 2016
U.S. Commerce Secretary Talks Trade in Tennessee

FedEx Blog – May 23, 2016
How Trade Works

FedEx Blog – January 11, 2016
FedEx Supports Trans-Pacific Partnership

FedEx Newsroom – November 17, 2015
FedEx Joins APEC Talks on Trade

Access Magazine – November 2015
Special Asia-Pacific Edition

FedEx Newsroom – October 5, 2015
FedEx Support for Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

FedEx Newsroom – April 15, 2013
Japan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Statement

FedEx Blog – February 17, 2015
Small Business, Big Opportunity

FedEx Blog by Michael L. Ducker – May 21, 2014
New Markets, New Customer

International Services Agreement (TISA)

The Trade in Services Agreement now in negotiation among 50 countries focuses solely on the service sector. Service companies link people to ideas and opportunities through services such as information technology, communications, banking, supply chain logistics and delivery services. American service exports now enjoy a $200 billion trade surplus. TiSA will expand opportunities for the industry even further, which accounts for 4 out of 5 jobs in the U.S.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

Forbes.com: FedEx Express President and COO Op-ed by Michael Ducker– January 18, 2013
New Free Trade Talks On Services Key To U.S. Job Growth

FedEx Newsroom – January 15, 2013
International Services Agreement on Trade: Great for U.S. Economy and World Trading System

FedEx Business Expertise Blog – January 15, 2013
International Services Agreement on Trade: Great for U.S. Economy and World Trading System

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP)

The TTIP is a trade deal now in negotiation between the United States and the 28 member countries of the European Union to remove tariffs and cut red tape between the two giant economies. TTIP would also make U.S. and EU regulatory standards more compatible. Customers on both sides of the Atlantic would benefit from streamlining rules, lowering tariffs and making transatlantic trade simpler and cheaper.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

FedEx Newsroom – November 13, 2014
TTIP: Big Opportunity for Small Business

FedEx Blog by Raj Subramaniam – November 12, 2014
Small Business Needs TTIP to Overcome Obstacles

FedEx Newsroom – October 29, 2013
FedEx Testifies about Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership

FedEx Newsroom – July 8, 2013
FedEx Lauds Start of U.S. – EU Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership Negotiations

CNBC.com: FedEx Express President and COO Op-ed by Michael Ducker – July 8, 2013
US-Europe Trade: Seize the Historic Opportunity

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheets & White Papers

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World Trade Organization (WTO) Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA)

FedEx supports the TFA. This landmark agreement will improve customs performance across 160 WTO members. The TFA will reduce the cost of trade by up to 14% with the greatest benefits going to developing countries and small businesses. The TFA will also help drive continued growth of cross-border e-commerce by simplifying border clearance.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

FedEx Newsroom – February 22, 2017
FedEx Supports WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

FedEx Newsroom by Michael L. Ducker – November 13, 2014
WTO Trade Facilitation Moves Forward

FedEx Newsroom by FedEx Express President and Chief Operating Officer, Michael L. Ducker – December 9, 2013
Response to World Trade Organization Agreement

FedEx Newsroom – December 4, 2013
FedEx Chairman, President and CEO Urges WTO to Complete Trade Facilitation Agreement

FedEx Business Expertise Blog by Michael Ducker – June 13, 2012
An Opportunity Worthy of a Vodka and Caviar Toast,

Other Trade Topics

We strongly support the growth of global e-commerce, efforts to lift export barriers and ongoing trade policy reforms.

News and Statements

Recent News & Statements

CBS This Morning/CBS - January 24, 2017 - Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith

Mornings with Maria/Fox Business Network - January 24, 2017 - Chairman and CEO Frederick W. Smith

FedEx Newsroom – December 9, 2016
How Trade Keeps America Great: Chairman & CEO Frederick W. Smith

FedEx Newsroom – November 15, 2016
Making Trade Work

FedEx Newsroom – February 9, 2015
How the World Shops Cross-Border

FedEx Blog – February 9, 2015
Shopping without Borders

Frederick W. Smith Speech – April 10, 2014
State of the International Air Cargo Industry

Frederick W. Smith Speech – March 11, 2014
Keeping Trade Patterns and the Future of International Air Cargo

Frederick W. Smith Speech – March 3, 2014
Keeping Global Trade and Transport on Course

FedEx Newsroom – February 3, 2014
Brookings Study Recommends Trade Policy Reforms

Brookings Study Post – February 2014
Supporting The Internet as a Platform for International Trade

FedEx Access Blog by Ralph Carter – October 21, 2011
Open Markets One of the Keys to U.S. Competitiveness

FedEx Newsroom – October 31, 2012
U.S.-Panama Free Trade Agreement Takes Effect Today: Great for Economy, Jobs

FedEx Newsroom – November 7, 2013
Ex-Im Bank and FedEx Join Forces to Empower U.S. Businesses to Export