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:


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

Dec 3, 2014 SIA Comments to U.S. Customs & Border Protection regarding Form 5106, the Importer ID Input Record

Sep 23, 2014 SIA Comments to OSTP and NEC on White House Strategy for American Innovation

Press Releases

Mar 22, 2018 SIA Statement on Trump Administration Section 301 Action on China

Aug 14, 2017 SIA Statement Regarding Trump Administration Action to Protect U.S. Intellectual Property in Foreign Markets

May 19, 2017 Global Semiconductor Leaders Reach Agreement on Policy Agenda

May 12, 2017 SIA Applauds Senate Approval of Lighthizer as USTR

May 27, 2016 Semiconductor Leaders Reach Agreement on Global Policy Recommendations

May 6, 2016 New Report Highlights Benefits, Impact of Global Semiconductor Value Chain

Oct 26, 2015 Semiconductor Leaders Collaborate with Governments to Advance Free Trade

Jul 31, 2015 SIA Welcomes Progress on Trans-Pacific Partnership Talks, But Urges Swift Conclusion of Final Deal

Jun 24, 2015 Semiconductor Industry Applauds Congressional Approval of Trade Promotion Authority

Jun 18, 2015 Semiconductor Industry Applauds House Passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Urges Senate to Send Legislation to President


Monday, March 19, 2018 3:00 pm SIA Provides Input to Government on Priorities for Advanced Manufacturing in the U.S.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 10:30 am Industry Groups Call for Pakistan to Join Information Technology Agreement

Wednesday, January 31, 2018 1:30 pm Our 2018 Policy Plan to Drive U.S. Semiconductor Industry Growth and Innovation

Monday, November 20, 2017 2:30 pm Agreement on Regional Support Guidelines Headlines Meeting of Global Semiconductor Industry, Governments

Thursday, June 29, 2017 2:30 pm Cheers to 20 Years of the ITA

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