Trade Agreements

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Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...more

Softwood Lumber, Construction and Building Products Companies in Limbo as U.S. and Canada Attempt to Resolve New Softwood Lumber...

Softwood lumber producers, remanufacturers, construction, building products companies, importers and shippers are waiting to see whether the United States and Canada can work towards heading off another softwood lumber trade...more

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference

On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference, which typically is held every two years, is a meeting of the decision-making body of...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Publicly Released, Approval is Next Hurdle

One month after announcing the conclusion of negotiations, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement (TPP). The TPP’s 12 partner...more

US China Trade War — TPP, Three False Trade Arguments, China President Trip, Trade, Customs, IP/Patent Securities

As indicated in more detail below, the Import Alliance will have meetings on November 17th and 18th in Washington DC. On the afternoon of November 17th, we will meet in our Washington DC office and then on November 18th meet...more

The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement reached: What does it mean for you?

The United States and 11 other Pacific Rim trading partners recently announced that they have come to a provisional agreement on the wide-ranging trade agreement known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (“TPP”), which, over...more

Washington, D.C. Update – October 2015

House Leadership Elections: Republican House leadership changes remain in flux in the wake of Speaker John Boehner's (R-OH) decision to retire and the unexpected delay of the vote to select his successor. House Majority...more

TTIP’s Impact on U.S. and EU Trade Relations

The United States and the European Union (EU) together represent 60 percent of global GDP, 33 percent of world trade in goods and 42 percent of world trade in services. Direct investment in each other’s economies totals more...more

Pacific Rim Nations Agree to Pacific Pact to Promote Economic Growth

The Ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries reached a conclusion to their negotiations on October 4, 2015. The TPP is a trade agreement between many Pacific Rim countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam,...more

Business Litigation Report - July 2015

Introduction - Issue preclusion is a familiar concept to most practicing attorneys. Under this doctrine, “later courts should honor the first actual decision of a matter that has been actually litigated.” Charles Alan...more

July 2015: International Arbitration Update

ISDS Arbitration Provisions—Worth the Investment. Trade agreements have always been the subject of intense public dialogue, so it should come as no surprise that negotiations over the Trans-Pacific Partnership and the...more

EU Customs Practice Group - June 2015

EU CUSTOMS POLICY - Union Customs Code Developments It has become clear that there are further delays in finalising the draft Union Customs Code (UCC) Implementing and Delegated Acts within the Commission, in light of a...more

President Obama Signs Trade Measures

It was not easily accomplished, but on June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a series of trade measures, including Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), providing the administration with rules governing the negotiation of...more

The Trade Agreements Act: An Unknown Compliance Issue for Small Businesses

Small businesses often enter into government contracts unaware of all the laws and regulations that may apply when selling to the government. One of the laws that is often overlooked is the Trade Agreement Act (TAA). ...more

Trade Bills Continue to Forge Ahead to the Finish Line

On May 14, the Senate passed customs reauthorization trade preference legislation and gave an affirmative cloture vote for the Trade Promotion Authority Act and the Trade Adjustment Assistance program. As part of a...more

A Week of Trade: Congress Advances Numerous Trade Bills

This past week saw more congressional activity on trade legislation than has been seen in some time. Both houses of US Congress marked up and advanced badly needed and long-overdue legislation in a number of areas relevant to...more

US China Trade War-Trade, Trade Adjustment, 337/IP, Products Liability

As you may know, the blog posts are getting longer and longer as more trade and other actions take place against China. Because of the length, I, therefore, am breaking this post into two parts. This first post covers Trade,...more

Certifications Under the Trade Agreements Act: 10 Tips to Avoid TAA Traps for the Unwary

On September 3, 2014, U.K.-based medical device maker Smith & Nephew (the ‘‘Company’’) agreed to pay $8.3 million (plus an additional $3 million in attorney’s fees) to resolve a lawsuit filed under the federal civil False...more

Trans Pacific Partnership Negotiations Struggling

As election season kicks into high gear, one thing is clear: there will not be any movement on manufacturing legislative policies on Capitol Hill until the “lame duck” session in December, if then. On the campaign trail,...more

Doing Business in Canada

This Guide provides non-Canadians with an introduction to the laws and regulations that affect the conduct of business in Canada and, in particular, in the province of Ontario. In some cases, this Guide also identifies issues...more

D.C. Circuit Supports Government Contractors’ Reliance on Supplier Certification of TAA Compliance in Qui Tam Suit

In a qui tam whistleblower suit under the False Claims Act, the D.C. Circuit affirmed a lower court finding that a federal contractor reasonably relied on certifications of Trade Agreements Act compliance from its...more

Medical Device Manufacturer Settles Trade Agreements Act Suit

A whistleblower alleged that the manufacturer knowingly violated the Trade Agreements Act’s country of origin requirement. Government contractors must agree that the products they sell to the U.S. government under...more

Canada and the EU Complete Trade Treaty Negotiation

On August 5, 2014, Canada and the European Union (EU) announced that they have completed negotiation of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). The announcement puts to rest extended speculation about whether a...more

Doing Business in Latin America and the Caribbean: Honduras

Honduras, in the north-central part of Central America, has a Caribbean as well as a Pacific coastline. Generally mountainous, fertile plateaus, river valleys and narrow coastal plains mark the country. With 112,090 square...more

Reminder Regarding Upcoming FATCA Deadline and Implications for Trading Agreements

The effective date under the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (“FATCA”) for withholding agents to begin withholding on certain U.S. source payments made to foreign financial institutions (“FFIs”) and non-financial foreign...more

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