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Commerce And USTR Hold Public Hearing On U.S. Trade Deficit

by King & Spalding on

On May 18, 2017, Commerce and USTR held a public hearing on U.S. Trade Deficits. The hearing was held in response to Executive Order 13786, issued by President Trump, which instructed the agencies to prepare and submit an...more

Trump’s More Restrictive Cuba Policy: Specifics to Come

by Shearman & Sterling LLP on

On June 16, 2017 during a speech in Miami, President Trump announced changes to US sanctions targeting Cuba. The speech announced two substantial changes to the previous administration’s Cuban sanctions regime: first, the new...more

Globalization in the Trump Era: A Snapshot at Five Months

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The era of globalization may not be over, but the post-World War II global trading regime is undergoing a period of stress last seen during the demise of the Bretton Woods exchange mechanism in the early 1970s. I. General...more

CBP Updates Regulations to Eliminate Consumptive Demand Exception to Prohibition on the Importation of Goods Made with Forced...

On June 8, 2017, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) published a final rule that removes the consumptive-demand exception from its regulations that implement the prohibition on the importation of merchandise that has been...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2017 Economic Outlook

by Bennett Jones LLP on

In our Fall 2016 Economic Outlook, we set out at some length our analysis of the main factors which have contributed to the low “new normal” growth rates the world has experienced since 2011. We argued that trend annual...more

Internet Powerhouses Make Priorities Known To U.S. Trade Representative

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

In a letter dated May 16, 2017, the Internet Association, an trade group representing some of the largest internet companies in the country (and the world), pressed newly confirmed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer...more

Trump Administration Delivers Formal Notice of NAFTA Renegotiations - Opportunity Available for Industry to Provide Comments

by Holland & Knight LLP on

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) on May 23, 2017, issued a notice requesting comments from private industry and other interested parties on upcoming negotiations regarding the North American Free Trade...more

U.S.-China “100-Day Plan” On Trade

by King & Spalding on

On April 6-7, 2017, President Trump hosted President Xi Jinping of China at Mar-a-Lago for the first meeting between the two leaders. The meetings covered a number of important topics including economic and trade issues, and...more

Trump Administration Announces NAFTA Renegotiation

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

After months of public pronouncements on the future, including threatened withdrawal from, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the Trump Administration announced on May 18, 2017, its intention to begin...more

Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

The White House formally notified Congress on Thursday of the Trump administration’s intent to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification letter from U.S. Trade Representative Robert...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - May 2017

CEO Executive Summary: Early April felt almost normal. There was no blowup in U.S.-Mexico relations and the Mexican economy performed well. Then came President Trump’s renewed broadsides, insisting that Mexico will pay for...more

Viewpoints - Issue 28 - The Board’s Role in Overseeing Innovation

by King & Spalding on

Innovation has become an essential capability for any large public company if it wants to remain competitive. With some studies suggesting that 50% of the companies in the S&P 500 list could be replaced over the next 10...more

Business Litigation Report - April 2017

Renegotiation of, or Withdrawal from, NAFTA: Context and Possible Consequences - (“NAFTA”) is a trade agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States that came into force on January 1, 1994. Its goal was to...more

How Should Businesses Prepare for the Second 100 Days of the Trump Administration?

by Baker Donelson on

Baker Donelson's Trade and Compliance attorneys are pleased to introduce a quarterly series of client alerts that address how trade and compliance matters in the new Administration could affect your business, as well as how...more

International Trade Update - May 2017

Quinn Emanuel Introduces Programs to Assist Clients with International Regulatory Matters - Conducting business internationally is as rewarding as it is complex. Utilizing Complementarity Analysis™, members of Quinn...more

OMC Autoriza a México a Suspender Beneficios Comerciales a Estados Unidos en la Disputa del Atún

by Holland & Knight LLP on

México es uno de los pocos países a los que se les ha autorizado adoptar medidas de retorsión en contra de los incumplimientos de sus socios comerciales, y que ha hecho uso de esa autorización....more

WTO Authorizes Mexico to Suspend Trade Benefits to U.S. in Tuna Dispute

by Holland & Knight LLP on

Mexico is one of the few countries that has been authorized to adopt retaliatory measures against noncompliance of its trading partners' obligations, and it has made use of this authorization....more

U.S. Department of Commerce Initiates Section 232 Investigation that Could Limit Steel Imports in the Name of National Security

by Hogan Lovells on

Last week, President Trump signed a presidential memorandum asking Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to expedite an investigation into the effects of steel imports on U.S. national security. The Department of Commerce conducts...more

Trump Administration Launches Probe of Steel Imports Under Trade Expansion Act

Invoking statutory authority not used in almost two decades, President Trump on April 20, 2017, directed the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) to conduct an investigation into the effects of steel imports on U.S. national...more

National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017 Released

by King & Spalding on

On March 1, the President submitted his National Trade Policy Agenda (Agenda) for 2017 to Congress. Required by statute, the report includes a statement of U.S. trade policy objectives and priorities, actions proposed or...more

President Trump Signs Executive Order Calling for Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits

by White & Case LLP on

On March 31, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to prepare an "Omnibus Report on Significant Trade Deficits". The report will...more

ManattJones Global Strategies - April 2017

CEO’s Executive Summary: While a series of high-level meetings and public statements helped to reduce bilateral tensions last month, confused signals on the Administration’s intentions with respect to NAFTA renegotiations and...more

Leak reveals NAFTA Renegotiation Objectives

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A recently leaked draft letter from the Acting U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Steven Vaughn, which would notify Congress of the Administration’s intent to request renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement...more

Top Brexit developments in 2017 for ADG companies

by Hogan Lovells on

On 23 June 2016, the people of the United Kingdom (UK) voted in a referendum to leave the European Union (EU). The UK Government gave the EU formal notice of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017. This...more

Preparing For Heightened Antidumping and Countervailing Duties (AD/CVD) Enforcement Under the Trump Administration

As the Trump administration comes into its third month, we have clues, but must speculate on how that administration will modify Iran sanctions, NAFTA, foreign investment, and tariffs on China. In contrast, recently issued...more

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