Global Commerce

GMA seeks to support policies that facilitate open trade, remove unnecessary barriers to trade and investment, and promotes competitiveness and global commerce

Navigating the Global Marketplace

In an increasingly global CPG marketplace, rapid advancements in technology, communications, diplomacy, and connectivity enhance access to overseas markets and help GMA member companies compete and grow their businesses. GMA members must navigate a broad and complex landscape of policies that impact international trade and their ability to conduct business around the world.

What We Do

Through its Global Strategies department, GMA monitors the global commercial landscape and engages proactively to help members maximize growth opportunities. The association works to eliminate tariff and non-tariff trade barriers, harmonize technical standards, encourage border efficiencies, and advocate for transparent, science-based regulatory and policy environments, including through engagement with the U.S. government, global standards bodies (e.g., Codex), multilateral institutions (e.g., the World Trade Organization), and industry counterparts and governments around the world.

International Food Safety Capacity Building Efforts

To improve food safety practices and technical processing expertise in Asia-Pacific countries, GMA helped create a network of training institutes in this region.

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Free Trade Agreements

GMA strongly supports expanding trade opportunities and lowering trade barriers around the world.

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Global Standards

GMA is active in the Codex Alimentarius Commission, the primary food safety standards body used to settle global trade disputes related to food in the World Trade Organization.

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International Council of Grocery Manufacturers Associations (ICGMA)

The International Council of Grocery Manufacturer Associations is an international non-governmental organization that represents food manufacturers worldwide. With official standing before the Codex Alimentarius Commission, Organisation for Economic and Co-operative Development and the International Chamber of Commerce, ICGMA promotes the harmonization of scientific standards and policies concerned with health, safety, packaging, and labeling of consumer packaged goods.

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