TTIP: Open letter by European and US Equipment Manufacturers

Subject: Construction and Agricultural Machinery Equipment Manufacturers Support a Successful TTIP
CECE (Committee for European Construction Equipment), CEMA (European Agricultural Machinery) and AEM (Association of Equipment Manufacturers) strongly support the successful conclusion of a comprehensive Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), which represents an unprecedented opportunity for cooperation and mutual market access by the world’s largest trade and investment partners.
U.S. and EU equipment manufacturers jointly call on both trade negotiators to include our sectors in the TTIP negotiations to deliver a groundbreaking agreement that reduces red tape, transaction and production costs between markets that are closely and increasingly interconnected. Together, our industries represent 6600 companies employing almost half a million jobs on both sides of the Atlantic and produce some of the world’s most innovative products and services.
As an industry united towards a successful TTIP agreement, we jointly believe the following items should be a priority for negotiators regarding equipment manufacturers:
  • Eliminate all remaining transatlantic tariffs in our sectors as soon as possible, including those on engines and parts;
  • Achieve a greater alignment and harmonization of relevant regulatory provisions between the EU and US, in order to address remaining regulatory divergences and technical barriers to trade (TBT) while preventing the emergence of new ones.
The establishment of formalized transatlantic mechanisms for cooperation between regulators and industry will also:
  • Achieve regulatory and standards harmonization for machinery and the general acceptance of ISO standards whenever possible;
  • Achieve mutual recognition of design and safety provisions without requiring costly and unnecessary third party certification;
  • Coordinate legislative and regulatory approaches for future initiatives.
Finally, we believe a negotiated agreement should also:
  • Provide for equal treatment criteria and mutual access to public procurement;
  • Jointly address third country market access issues for remanufactured goods

Attached are individual TTIP position papers developed by the signatories of this letter, providing more granularity on our respective requests. As European and American industries, we stand ready to jointly help negotiators reach a comprehensive 21st century trade agreement generating further market integration.

Yours sincerely,
Dennis Slater, president of AEM 
Eric Lepine, President of CECE
Richard Markwell, President of CEMA
About CECE, AEM and CEMA
CECE represents the European manufacturers of construction equipment. The Committee gathers around 1200 companies, which employ around 130,000 people directly and the same amount in the related services. The sales from European production was about 25bn € in 2013.
CEMA represents in total 4,500 manufacturers of agricultural equipment consisting of large multinational as
well as numerous small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). The sector has a total turnover of €26 billion and provides employment for 135,000 people directly in the sector and another 125,000 persons indirectly in
the distribution and service network.
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group
providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing
industry in the global marketplace. AEM numbers around 900 companies that produce and market equipment, products and services used worldwide in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors.