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Trade and Export Controls

SEMI stands for free trade, open markets and the protection of intellectual property. Our industry enables the $2.0 trillion electronics market and depends on free trade throughout the global supply chain. Trade has been central to technology development and is the key to further innovation. For nearly 50 years, SEMI has advocated for free trade, open markets and the protection of intellectual property.  SEMI works with policymakers to support reasonable export controls for the industry. Notably, SEMI led the successful industry-wide effort to decontrol anisotropic plasma dry etching equipment.

Latest Developments

SEMI, 600 Other Companies Urge Trump Administration to Resolve US-Sino Trade Dispute
June 13, 2019 – SEMI, with 660 other companies and associations, urged the Trump Administration in a letter not to escalate its trade disputer with China by imposing new tariffs and to negotiate a resolution. 

SEMI Supports Delay of China Tariffs, Urges Firm Commitments in Trade Negotiation
Feb 25, 2019 – SEMI welcomes the delay in the increase of the China tariffs, and urge both parties to address concerns through a permanent bilateral deal.

SEMI Submits Comments on U.S.-UK Trade Agreement (PDF)
January 15, 2019 – SEMI supports negotiations for a trade agreement between the U.S. and UK.

SEMI Files Comments to U.S. Commerce Department on Emerging Technologies (PDF)
January 10, 2019 
– SEMI issues comments to U.S. government on defining emerging technologies in review process for export controls.

SEMI Supports U.S.-Japan Trade Agreement Negotiations in U.S. Government 
December 12, 2018 – SEMI, the global industry association representing the electronics manufacturing supply chain, supported recently announced free trade negotiations between the U.S.and Japan in testimony before a U.S. government interagency panel.

SEMI Issues Comments on Negotiations for U.S.-European Trade Agreement (PDF)
December 10, 2018
 –  Global semiconductor industry association backs negotiations between the United States and European Union for a trade deal.

SEMI Welcomes Efforts to Reduce U.S.-China Trade Tensions
December 3, 2018 – SEMI applauded the United States and China for agreeing to take first steps to reduce trade tensions. 

SEMI Supports U.S. Return to Trade Talks with China, Issues Trade Negotiation Principles
November 8, 2018 – SEMI, the global industry association serving the electronics manufacturing supply chain, voiced support and encouragement for trade discussions between U.S. President Donald Trump and People's Republic of China President Xi Jinping during the G20 Summit in Argentina. 

SEMI Trade Perspectives

U.S Announces Trade Talks with Japan, the EU, and UK; Action Will Benefit Semiconductor Industry 
October 19, 2018 

SEMI Calls for Exclusion Process for Products in New China Tariff List
October 1, 2018

U.S.-China Trade War Heats Up with Semiconductor Industry Caught in the Middle
September 21, 2018

SEMI Testifies Against Third Round of U.S. Tariffs Citing Damage to Semiconductor Supply Chain 
August 21, 2018

China Trade Brings Semiconductor Executives to DC for the Fall Washington Forum
September 18, 2018

The Hidden Cost of Tariffs
August 16, 2018 

U.S. Imposes Second Round of Tariffs on Semiconductor Products – Squarely Hits Semiconductor Industry 
August 8, 2018

SEMI Supports Congressional Response to USTR Regarding China Trade Tariffs
July 31, 201

SEMI Testifies Against U.S. Tariffs, Members Meet with Congressional Leaders Urging Trade Action
July 27, 2018

U.S. Imposes Tariffs on Semiconductor Products, Proposes Additional Tariffs that Threaten Deeper Damage to the Industry 
June 15, 2018

Despite Respite, U.S. Trade Tensions with China Heat Up
June 6, 2018

SEMI Opposes Trade Tariffs Against China, Cites Damaging Impact to Chip Industry in U.S. Government Testimony 
May 17, 2018

SEMI Concerned by Use of Tariffs and Urges Congressional Leaders to Engage in Multi-Industry Associal Letter 
April 12, 2018

U.S. Trade Tensions with China Hit Fever Pitch
March 20, 2018

Turbulent Times Ahead for Trade
January 23, 2018

SEMI Advocacy in the News

Week in Review: Manufacturing, Test

Week in Review: Manufacturing, Test

Week in Review: Manufacturing, Test

SEMI welcomes efforts to reduce U.S.- China trade tensions
(SolidState Technology; December 2018)

Public Hearing on Negotiating Objectives for U.S.- Japan Trade Agreement
(USTR; December 7, 2018)

Navigating the APAC-US-Europe Tariff Landmines: The US Impact
(TechOnline; December 5, 2018)

SEMI Global Trade Seminar in China focuses on shifting U.S.- Sino relations
(SolidState Technology; December 2018)

SEMI supports U.S. return to trade talks with China, issues trade negotiation principles
(SolidState Technology; November 2018)

G-20 to be site of USMCA signing
(POLITICO; November 9, 2018)

Week in Review: Manufacturing, Test

SEMI calls on Trump, Xi to make progress in trade talks
(World Trade Online; November 8, 2018) 

Chipmakers Are a 'Canary in the Coal Mine' for Tech, With China Tariffs Underway
(The Street; October 13, 2018)

U.S. announces trade talks with Japan, the EU, and UK; Action will benefit semiconductor industry 
(SolidState Technology; October 2018)

SEMI Calls for exclusion process for products in new China tariff list 
(SolidState Technology; October 2018)

Week in Review: Tariffs; Intel-Micron saga; mask/litho survey 
(Semiconductor Engineering; September 21, 2018)

U.S.-China trade war heats up with semiconductor industry caught in the middle 
(SolidState Technology; September 2018)

China trade brings semiconductor executives to DC for the Fall Washington Forum 
(SolidState Technology; September 2018)

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test: Tariffs; electric car IPO; China III-V foundry

Oregon's chip industry casts wary eye on budding trade war
(OregonLive; Aug. 21, 2018)

CEOs Trying to Temper Trump Tariffs as U.S.-China Talks Open
(Bloomberg; Aug 20, 2018)

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test: Trade wars; materials merger; Magic Leap flops.

China Tariffs to Hit the Chip Sector
(EETimes; Aug. 8, 2018)

Week In Review: Manufacturing, Test

SEMI testifies against third round of U.S. tariffs citing damage to semiconductor supply chain
(Solid State Technology; Aug 2018)

The Impact of Tariffs on Engineering and Manufacturing, Part 2
(ASME; Aug. 2018)

SEMI Objects to China Tariffs
(Electronics Weekly; July 30, 2018)

US-China trade war dims bright future for semiconductors
(Nikkei Asian Review; July 15, 2018)

U.S. Industries Fear Worst Is Yet to Come From Trump Tariffs
(Bloomberg; July 5, 2018)

SEMI testifies against U.S. tariffs; Members meet with congressional leaders urging trade action
(Solid State Technology; July 2018)

Chip Industry on Edge as Trade War Heats Up
(EETimes; June 18, 2018)

U.S. Pulls Back From Brink of Trade War With China
(EETimes; May 21, 2018)

SEMI opposes trade tariffs against China, cites damaging impact to chip industry in U.S. government testimony
(Solid State Technology, May-18)

Trump's Tariff List to Impact Supply Chain
(EETimes; April 4, 2018)

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch
(Solid State Technology; March 2018)

U.S. trade tensions with China hit fever pitch
(Solid State Technology; March 2018)

A Trade War with China Could Catch Tech in the Crossfire
(Wired; Feb. 8 2018)

The Week In Review: Manufacturing: Talent/trade issues; SiP EDA; Samsung CapEx; flying cars.

Turbulent times ahead for trade
(Solid State Technology; Jan 2018)