July 31, 2001

House of Representatives
United States Congress
Washington, D.C.

Dear Representative,

As members of a coalition of American businesses, farm groups, and associations, we urge you to support the passage of H.J. Res 51, annual Normal Trade Relations (NTR) for Vietnam, as soon as possible. The United States and Vietnam concluded a comprehensive Bilateral Trade Agreement (BTA) on July 13, 2000, opening the door for granting annual NTR to Vietnam. The BTA was submitted to Congress on June 8 and was reported by the House Ways & Means Committee on July 26 by voice vote.

Congressional passage of the trade agreement will extend annual NTR to Vietnam, thereby creating new opportunities for American business and agriculture. The BTA addresses trade in goods and farm products, services, intellectual property rights and foreign investment. This will create greater market access, increased transparency and lower tariffs for U.S. exporters and investors in Vietnam. These provisions will enable American companies and products to compete effectively in the Vietnamese market, which will benefit American entrepreneurs, workers, farmers and consumers. At the same time the United States will extend to Vietnam the tariff treatment it grants to virtually every other country in the world.

Timely Congressional approval of the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Agreement is essential not only to U.S. business interests and the overall trade agenda, but to U.S. foreign policy interests as well. These include cooperation on MIA, immigration and other bilateral issues. It is important for the U.S. to demonstrate its support for Vietnam’s integration into the global economy. After Secretary Powell’s successful visit to Vietnam this is a critical time to show progress on both annual NTR and the Jackson-Vanik waiver, which passed the House on July 26 with a bipartisan vote of 324 to 91. The State Department has urged prompt Congressional action on this agreement.

We would like to thank you for your favorable consideration and look forward to working with you on expeditious passage of annual NTR with Vietnam.

Sincerely,

3M Vietnam

ABB

ACE INA Insurance

AIPF

Amata (Vietnam) Co. Ltd.

American Apparel and Footwear Association

American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Hanoi Chapter

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan

American Chamber of Commerce of Malaysia

American Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka

American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines

American Express Company

American Feed Industry Association (AFIA)

American Forest and Paper Association

American Home (Vietnam) Ltd.

American Insurance Association

American International Assurance Company Vietnam, Ltd.

American International Group, Inc

Anheuser-Busch Companies

Ann's Tours

Antieri & Associates

AON Inchinbrok Insurance Services

APEX Vietnam

APL Limited

Asia Injury Prevention Foundation

Automotive Trade Policy Council

Avon Products, Inc.

Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam

Bank of America

BD Services Company

Bechtel Corporation

Bio-Rad Laboratories

Black & Veatch Corporation

Boston International Trade Group, Inc.

BP Vietnam

The Boeing Company

Bridgecreek Development

Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

C&G Furniture

California-Asia Business Council

California Council for International Trade (CCIT)

Cargill, Incorporated

Carrier Vietnam Ltd.

Caterpillar

CDM International Inc. (USA)

Chicago Bridge & Iron Co

The Children's Place Retail Stores, Inc.

Chinook Trading Co.

CHS Cooperatives

The Chubb Corporation

Cisco Systems

Citigroup Inc.

The Coca Cola Company

Conoco Vietnam

Consulting Engineers, Inc.

Controls, Inc.

Craft Corporation

Crane International Inc.

Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu

Delta Equipment & Construction Co.

DianeMcCree Associates

Direct Selling Association

DKT International

Eastman Kodak Company

Elken Design LLC

Emergency Committee for American Trade

Fashion Garments Ltd.

Fashion Manufacturing & Trading Co., Ltd

Federal Express Corporation

FOCAL

Footstar, Inc.

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America

Ford Vietnam Ltd.

Fund for Reconciliation and Development

The Gap

General Electric Company

Genesco Inc.

Global Standards, Inc.

Global Village Foundation

Halliburton Oil Services Vietnam Ltd.

Hanoi Horizon Hotel

Heart to Heart International

Herbalife International

Hills & Company, International Consultants

Hilton Hanoi Opera

HPH Development Co., Ltd.

Importers of Textiles and Apparel (USA-ITA)

Indochina Capital

Information Technology Industry Council (ITI)

Ingersoll-Rand Company

Inkstones USA

Intel Corporation

International Association of Drilling Contractors

International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses

International Business Machines

International Development Enterprises

International Marketing & Agribusiness

International Mass Retail Association

J. P. Morgan Chase & Co.

J. Ray McDermott Middle East Inc.

Johnson & Johnson

KHM Inc.

Kimberly Clark Corporation

Kmart Corporation

Le Viet Canh & Vuong Ngoc Quyen Foundation

LIG Products Ltd

The Limited, Inc

Linmark

Liz Claiborne, Inc

LukeMax Company

Manolis & Company Asia

Mansfield Toserco

Marriott International, Inc.

McDermott, Inc.

Mercury International Trading Corporation

Meridian Compass Ltd.

Monsanto

Morgan Stanley

Motorola

National Association of Chain Drug Stores

National Association of Manufacturers

National Center for APEC

National Electrical Manufacturers Association

National Foreign Trade Council

National Oilseed Processors Association

National Retail Federation

New York Life International

NFO Vietnam

NIKE

North American Export Grain Association

Northwest Airlines, Inc.

Northwest Horticultural Council

OKTAVA Ltd.

Oracle Corporation

Pacific Architects and Engineers Inc

Pacific Basin Partnership Hanoi

Pacific Ventures Inc

Pacific View Partners, Inc

Payless ShoeSource, Inc.'s

Pepsi Co., Inc.

Petroleum Equipment Suppliers Association (PESA)

Port of Los Angeles-Vietnam Office

Port of Seattle

Price Water House Coopers, Vietnam

Procter & Gamble

Qualcomm

Quantum Enterprises, Inc.

quantumStream Systems Inc

Raytheon Company

Reebox

Republicans Abroad Vietnam

Robert J. Goldstein & Associates, Inc.

Russin & Vecchi

Samuels International Associates, Inc.

San Francisco Mayor's Office of International Trade and Commerce

Shonac Corporation

State of Oklahoma - Department of Commerce

State Street Bank and Trust Co., Boston

SWA Vietnam Company Ltd.

Taylor Nelson

Texas International Trade Alliance

The Topline Corporation

Tropic Dane Company

US-ASEAN Business Council

U.S. Chamber of Commerce

U.S. Trade Assistance, Inc

U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council

U.S. Wheat Associates

Unisys Corporation

United Industries Vietnam

United States Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel (US-ITA)

United States Council for International Business

United States Technology

United Technologies Corporation

UNOCAL Corporation

United Parcel Service

USA Groups

Viamko Trading Inc.

Viet Ha

Viet-Sin International Hanoi

Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped

Vietnam Energy Recovery, Inc.

Vietnam Enterprise Group

Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation

Vietnam Veterans of Massachusetts, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc

Warnaco

Washington Council on International Trade

Western Flavors and Fragances, Inc.

Wheat Export Trade Education Committee

World Food Logistics Organization



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