The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is an ambitious effort to create sustainable economic growth and job creation in the United States and European Union by removing tariffs and reducing regulatory differences between the two regions. As negotiations towards TTIP move forward, the Atlantic Council is conducting research on the prospective impacts of this agreement on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), like yours, in both the United States and European Union.

SMEs represent the vast majority of all firms in both the US and EU and account for an outsized proportion of new jobs, yet they face significant barriers when attempting to export their goods and services across the Atlantic. Unlike large companies, which often have foreign affiliates in both markets and can afford to pay significant additional costs related to regulatory divergences, SMEs are sometimes unable to hurdle these considerable barriers.

With that in mind, we are conducting this survey of American and European SMEs to identify the specific challenges that they have faced when doing business across the Atlantic, costs that may have even prevented these companies from being able to export to the US or EU at all. We will highlight specific company cases in order to personally communicate the very real obstacles faced by these businesses and emphasize the opportunity to address them through TTIP.

This survey is being sent to approximately 50 companies from a number of industries across the United States and European Union in order to highlight the barriers that SMEs face when exporting. Based on the results, the Council will develop a number of policy recommendations to ensure that American and European negotiators address the most pressing challenges for SMEs to allow them to take full advantage of the agreement.

This survey should take approximately 10 minutes of your time to complete. After the results have been calculated, it will be our pleasure to share our findings with you.

**Please note that the information collected in this survey will be kept confidential, and both your name and your company's name will not be shared without your consent. We will not use this information for any other purpose beyond this research project.**

Thank you so much for your time.
 
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