The U.S. Business Coalition for the TPP, including USA-ITA, sent a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Ambassador Ron Kirk on the need to address supply-chain connectivity in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. 

The letter states:

As the U.S. negotiating team prepares for the next round of TPP negotiations, scheduled to be held in Chicago beginning the week of September 5, we hope the United States will present and support key principles and commitments to TPP parties for their consideration, including tools that adequately recognize the full scope of issues that are critical to integrating modern supply chains; mechanisms to effectively and expeditiously address supply chain problems as they arise; and an ambitious work program to achieve targets. We recognize the important contributions of specific chapters throughout the FTA to supporting supply chains, but cannot stress enough the value of a separate and comprehensive acknowledgment to ensure whole-of-government commitment to strengthening TPP supply chains.