SIA Semiconductors

Policy Priorities

Global Policy & Trade

The semiconductor industry continues its expansion to every corner of the globe, advancing and enriching the lives of people the world over.  Free and open international trade is a primary engine of global growth and development, and continues to be a principal goal of SIA's policy agenda.  Learn more about the global semiconductor value chain here.  

 SIA continues to pursue a number of global trade objectives, including:

  • Eliminating new tariffs on emerging semiconductor devices;
  • Supporting new trade agreements;
  • Advancing environmental initiatives and trade liberalization through the Word Semiconductor Council (WSC);
  • Improving intellectual property protection worldwide;
  • Increasing market access internationally and removing non-tariff barriers; and
  • Upholding strong anti-dumping laws and effective anti-dumping remedies.

SIA has successfully pursued many key policy objectives through participation in the World Semiconductor Council (WSC). The WSC is composed of executives from SIA members companies, as well as counterparts in China, Chinese Taipei, Europe, Korea, and Japan. [DOWNLOAD THE MAY 2017 WSC JOINT STATEMENT]

The Governments/Authorities Meeting on Semiconductors (GAMS) is comprised of officials from the US Government and officials representing all WSC regions, and convenes once a year to receive the WSC's recommendations and take action.

Since its inception in 1996, the WSC has worked to advance a number of trade issues, including:

  • Support for intellectual property protection;
  • Full transparency of government policies and regulations;
  • Non-discrimination for foreign products in all markets;
  • Voluntary and industry-led standards;
  • An end to investment restrictions tied to technology transfer requirements; and
  • Zero duties on semiconductor products, including multi-chip packages (MCPs) and multi-component integrated circuits (MCOs).

Additionally, the WSC leads an active environmental program. Our goal is to support sound, scientifically based, positive environmental policies and practices. Specific projects include PFC emission reduction, energy savings, chemical management, and quantitative targets. We have met or exceeded our targets every year. On energy savings, the WSC is actively supporting cooperation and the sharing of information among members to foster the efficient utilization of energy resources. Chemical management is also a key focus of WSC efforts - specifically in the areas of chemical risk assessment and pollution prevention.

For more information on the WSC visit,, and below is a video commemorating the WSC's 20th anniversary:


Jul 20, 2018 Final SIA Submission on 301 Tariffs

May 25, 2018 World Semiconductor Council (WSC) Joint Statement - May 2018

May 19, 2017 World Semiconductor Council (WSC) Joint Statement - May 2017

May 10, 2017 SIA Comments to Commerce and USTR on Significant Trade Deficits

Mar 2, 2017 Letter to Senate Finance urging swift action to advance nomination of Robert Lighthizer as USTR

Dec 1, 2016 SIA Letter to President-Elect Trump on Semiconductor Industry Policy Priorities

Nov 30, 2016 Tech Coalition Letter to President-Elect Trump

Sep 13, 2016 Tech Coalition Letter to Congress Urging TPP Approval in 2016

May 26, 2016 World Semiconductor Council (WSC) Joint Statement - May 2016

May 6, 2016 Beyond Borders: The Global Semiconductor Value Chain

Mar 17, 2016 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP): Benefits to the Semiconductor Industry

Mar 9, 2016 The Semiconductor Seven: SIA's Top Trade Priorities

Jan 22, 2016 SIA Post-Hearing Statement to ITC on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Jan 14, 2016 SIA Testimony before ITC on Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

Jul 6, 2015 Global Industry Statement in Support of ITA Expansion

Jun 10, 2015 Tech Coalition Letter to House Leadership in Support of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation

May 21, 2015 World Semiconductor Council (WSC) Joint Statement - May 2015

Apr 16, 2015 SIA Board of Directors Letter to Congressional Leaders in Support of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation

Feb 12, 2015 Tech Coalition Letter to Congress in Support of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) Legislation

Jan 14, 2015 Letter to congressional leaders urging passage Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation

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