January 29, 2001
George W. Bush
The White House
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President,
The United States and Vietnam concluded a comprehensive bilateral Trade
Agreement on July 13, 2000. As representatives of American business, agriculture
and consumers, we urge you to transmit the Agreement to Congress this
February and seek its earliest approval. Much progress has been made in
restoring relations with Vietnam since the late eighties and it is important
to continue to build on this positive momentum. Transmission of the agreement
at this time would maintain the strong bipartisan support for trade with
Vietnam evidenced by the increasingly positive annual votes on the Jackson-Vanik
Congressional passage of the trade agreement will extend normal trade
relations to Vietnam for the first time since the Vietnam War thereby
opening new opportunities for American and Vietnamese business people.
The bilateral trade agreement addresses trade in goods and farm products,
trade in services, intellectual property rights and foreign investment.
This will create more open market access, greater transparency and lower
tariffs for U.S. exporters and investors in Vietnam. These provisions
will enable American companies and products to compete effectively with
European and Asian companies and products 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. Normalizing our
trade relationship with Vietnam will strengthen Americas constructive
role in Southeast Asias political and economic development and further
assist market reforms in Vietnam.
In addition to the economic benefits, there are security benefits from
the agreement that should not be overlooked. Vietnam has greatly enhanced
its efforts on issues of importance to the U.S. since the normalization
of relations in 1995, including joint MIA efforts, immigration goals,
and international economic integration.
We would like to thank you for your consideration and look forward to
working with you and your team on international trade policy.
Company List (272)
ABN AMRO Bank N.V.
ACE INA International Holdings Ltd.
Aetna International, Inc.
Aerospace Industries Association
Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
AMC- Target Corporation
American Apparel and Footwear Association
American Chamber of Commerce in China
American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong
American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia
American Chamber of Commerce in Japan
American Chamber of Commerce in Korea
American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore
American Chamber of Commerce in Sri Lanka
American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei
American Chamber of Commerce in Thailand
American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Hanoi Chapter
American Chamber of Commerce in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh Chapter
American Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines, Inc.
American Chemistry Council
American Council of Life Insurers
American Forest & Paper Association
American Hardwood Export Council
American Home Products
American Insurance Association
American Institute of Marine Underwriters
American International Group, Inc.
American Lumber Company
American President Lines, Ltd.
American Standard-Vietnam (Amstan Sanitaryware Inc.)
American-Vietnamese Management Consortium, Inc.
Antieri & Associates, Inc.
Asia Injury Prevention Foundation, Vietnam
Asia Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce
The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies
Automotive Trade Policy Council
Averitt Lumber Company
Avon Products, Inc.
AZON USA INC.
Baker & McKenzie, Vietnam
Baltimore Aircoil Company
Bankers Association for Finance and Trade
BCNY International, Inc.
Bennett Footwear Group
Best Buy Co.
Black & Veatch
The Bodega Group
The Boeing Company
Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc.
Boston International Trade Group, Inc.
Brown Shoe Company, Inc.
C.C. International, Ltd.
California-Asia Business Council
California Chamber of Commerce
California Council for International Trade
Carrier Vietnam Limited
Cavanaugh International, LLC
CDM International Inc.
Center for International Development Research Triangle Institute (RTI)
Chadwick Marketing, Ltd.
The Chubb Corporation
Coalition for Employment through Exports
Coca-Cola Southeast Asia Inc.
Colorado Retail Council
Computer and Communications Industry Association
ConAgra International Private Limited, Singapore
Consumers for World Trade
Construction Industry Manufacturers Association
Craft Corporation, Hanoi, Vietnam
Delta Air Lines, Inc.
Delta Equipment & Construction
DeMatteis International Group
Direct Selling Association
DSL Transportation Services, Inc.
East Meets West Foundation
East West Consulting Services, Inc.
Eastman Kodak Company
Eli Lilly and Company
ELKEN DESIGN LLC
Emergency Committee for American Trade
Envirotech Services Inc.
Exsero Group Inc.
Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America
Ford Vietnam Ltd.
Foster Wheeler Corporation
Frank Russell Company
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer Hanoi Branch
Fund for Reconciliation and Development
Geotech International Ltd.
Glass Egg Digital Media, Ltd.
Global Village Foundation
Grand Imports, Inc.
Guam Chamber of Commerce
Hewlett Packard Corporation
Hills & Company, International Consultants
Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel
Illinois Retail Merchants Associations
Indiana Retail Council
Indochina Capital Corporation
Information Technology Association of America
Information Technology Industry Council
Institute for International Education
International Association of Drilling Contractors
International Business Machines Corporation
International Insurance Council
International Mass Retail Association
JC Penney Co
J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.
Johnson & Johnson
Jones Apparel Group
Kaman Aerospace Corp
Kids R Us
Leisure Time Warehouse, Inc.
Linmark Westman Group
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Lone Star Fund
Louis Dreyfus Corporation
LukeMax Company, Ltd.
Malichi International, Ltd.
Manolis & Company, Asia Ltd.
McDermott International, Inc.
Meet World Trade
Motion Picture Association of America
Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA)
Murfin Drilling Inc.
National Association of Manufacturers
National Association of Chain Drug Stores
National Association of Wheat Growers
National Center for APEC
National Electrical Manufacturers Association
National Foreign Trade Council
National Retail Federation
Nations Trading Group
New York Life International, Inc.
Northwest Airlines, Inc.
Offshore Production and Exploration Company, Inc.
Ohio Alliance for International Trade
Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce
Oregon Potato Commission
Owens Forest Products
Pacific Architects & Engineers
Pacific Basin Economic Council U.S. Committee Pacific Basin Partnership
Pacific Sun A California LLC
Pacific Ventures Inc.
Paragon Solutions, Inc.
PATH (Program for Appropriate Technology in Health)
Payless ShoeSource, Inc.
Potash & Co.
The Powell Group
Power Conversion Products, LLC
PricewaterhouseCoopers (Vietnam) Ltd.
Procter & Gamble
quantumStream Systems Inc.
Reebok International Ltd.
Retailers Association of Massachusetts
Rohm and Haas Company
Rural Enterprises of Oklahoma Inc.
Russin & Vecchi
Samuels International Associates, Inc.
San Francisco Mayors Office of International Trade
Sepre 24 Security Company
Small Business Exporters Association
Solar Electric Lighting Company (Vietnam) Ltd.
Source One Sales, Inc.
Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association
Squire Sanders & Dempsey (Asia)
Standard Chartered Bank
Stephen Woolley and Associates, Architects
Sterling Industries, Inc.
Sun Microsystems Inc.
Telecommunications Industry Association
The Topline Corporation
Toy Manufacturers of America
Trefethen Vineyards Winery
TRW Overseas Inc.
Ulysses netSolutions Inc.
United Industries, Inc.
United States Council for International Business
United Tech Inc.
United Technologies Corporation
U.S. Association of Importers of Textiles and Apparel
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
U.S. Grains Council
U.S. Wheat Associates
U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Inc.
U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council
Vermont Retail Merchants Association
Vietnam Energy Recovery, Inc.
Vietnam Enterprise Group
Vietnam Venture Group, Inc.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund
Vinefera Wine Growers Association
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.
Ward Petroleum Inc.
Washington Council on International Trade, Seattle, WA
Washington State Potato Commission
Western Flavors And Fragrances, Inc.
Wheat Export Trade Education Committee
Zamil Steel Buildings Vietnam Co., Ltd.
Zippo Viet Nam