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Update on Trade Promotion Authority and Companion Trade Bills: A Lot Can Happen In Washington In 34 Days

As we reported last month, quick-strike action by the Senate on May 22 to pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) included within the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (the Trade Act of...more

June Trade Legislation Tracker

Sponsor: Marchant (R-Texas) - A bill to amend the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States to exempt from duty residue of bulk cargo contained in instruments of international traffic previously exported from the...more

June Legislative Update

The legislative trade agenda continued to move forward over the past several weeks with the enactment of important legislation resulting in a key victory for President Obama. After a temporary setback in the House,...more

Congress, WTO Turn Up the Heat on COOL

Recent House Action - Lost amidst the debate over Trade Promotion Authority, Trade Adjustment Assistance, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, the House recently voted 300-131 to pass H.R. 2393, the Country of...more

Comprehensive U.S. Trade Legislation Finally Arrives—An Overview of its Key Components

While most of the Congressional trade debate has centered around whether to renew Trade Promotion Authority (so-called “fast track” authority) and the merits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the full package of trade...more

Attention Exporters: Passage of ‘Fast-Track’ Bill Sets the Stage for America’s Next Big Trade Deal

The Idea Behind TPA - On September 24 a rare alliance between Republicans and the Obama Administration led to passage of the ‘fast-track’ bill granting the President a 6-year renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA). As a...more

New Update June 25, 2015 US China Trade War — TAA Passes House– Heavy Lift of TPP Negotiations Continue

On June 25, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (“AGO”) by a vote of 286 to 138, which includes Trade Adjustment Assistance (“TAA”), and the bill, has been sent to President Obama....more

State and Commerce Departments Publish Next Set of Proposed Export Control Reform Rules: Fire Control, Range Finder, Optical...

In This Issue: - Export Control Reform Initiative - DDTC Proposed Rule - BIS Proposed Rule - For More Information - Excerpt from Export Control Reform Initiative: By way of background, the Export...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2015

In This Issue: - Indiana University Launches a New Initiative on U.S. Manufacturing and Public Policy - Trade Promotion Authority Update: It's Halftime and Still Anyone's Ballgame - Senators Baldwin and Coons...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - June 2015

China Announces Elimination of Export Duties on Rare Earth Elements - On August 7, 2014, the World Trade Organization's (WTO's) Appellate Body upheld a March 2014 dispute settlement panel decision that China's imposition...more

Trade Promotion Authority Update: It's Halftime and Still Anyone's Ballgame

Like a football team scoring a touchdown in the closing seconds of the first half, the Senate passed the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (the Trade Act of 2015) at 8:51 p.m. on Friday,...more

Bennett Jones Spring 2015 Economic Outlook

This spring Outlook is structured in three sections. The first section sets out our view of the economic outlook commencing with a very short summary of recent world economy dynamics, followed by a review of the outlook for...more

Washington Insight - May 2015

In This Issue: - Trade Promotion Authority Bill Advances - The U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban: An Outdated Relic Of The Past - Rocky Road Ahead For FY2016 Appropriations Bills - Banking Committee...more

Congress Revives the Generalized System of Preferences and Makes Benefits Retroactive to August 1, 2013 but Requires Affirmative...

Amid the often rancorous debate on the Trans Pacific Partnership and the Trade Promotion Authority enabling legislation, both the House and the Senate last week found a common ground in addressing legislation related to the...more

Access on the Table: the ChAFTA and Lessons for Canada

On November 17, 2014, the governments of Australia and the People’s Republic of China signed a declaration of intent on the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA), bringing to a close 24 rounds of negotiations...more

Is Congress Ready To Act On Trade Legislation? Bill To Renew Trade Promotion Authority About To Be Considered

On April 16, long-awaited trade promotion authority (TPA) legislation was introduced in the House and Senate. The Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (S. 995/H.R. 1890) is sponsored by the...more

NDRC’s Qualcomm Decision Sends Mixed Messages

Chinese New Year celebrations culminated in a big way for foreign multinationals in China with the news at the end of February that the head of the National Development and Reform Commission’s (“NDRC's”) Antitrust Bureau had...more

Companies Should Consider Cuban Trademark Protection – Now

In December 2014, President Obama made an unexpected announcement signaling a “new course” for Cuba after more than fifty years of comprehensive U.S. sanctions. The changes to U.S. sanctions and export policy under the Cuban...more

India Shows a Way

Mr. Akhilesh Ranjan, Joint Secretary Ministry of Finance, and also Competent Authority for the Government of India, spoke this past week at the Pacific Rim Tax Institute, February 19-20, reaffirming India’s commitment to a...more

New Authorizations to Export Personal Communications Items and Services to Sudan

On February 18, 2015 the Commerce Department’s Bureau of Industry and Security (“BIS”) and Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) published changes to the Export Administration Regulation (“EAR”) and...more

Executive Branch Launches Plan to Combat Wildlife Trafficking

On February 11, 2015, one year to the day after the President issued the National Strategy for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking, the Departments of Justice, State, and the Interior released an implementation plan for the...more

Trade & Manufacturing - February 2015

In This Issue: - President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union - U.S. Sanctions Updates - Keystone Pipeline Debate Continues After Congress Approves Bill News Of...more

Trade Policy Update

Ambassador Michael Froman, the United States Trade Representative, was the witness at hearings last week by the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee on “President Obama’s 2015 Trade Policy Agenda.” In...more

US Sanctions as Diplomacy Tools and Political Weapons: Complexities and Opportunities for the Business Community

Sanctions: Why So Hot Now? - In response to a number of foreign policy crises encountered over the past few years, the Obama Administration has sought a new and more aggressive approach to using sanctions to advance US...more

President Obama Presses For Advancement Of Trade Deals During State Of The Union

President Obama gave his sixth State of the Union address on Tuesday, January 20, and one of the major focuses of the speech was the importance of concluding trade agreements. The President used the occasion to call on...more

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