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TPP News Update

On November 5, 2015, the text of the groundbreaking TPP Agreement was released. This historic trade agreement was reached last month between 12 Pacific Rim countries....more

Labor Provisions of the Just-Released Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement

This morning, the Obama administration released the text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade agreement, setting up a bitter debate over its provisions next year. Foremost among the opponents of TPP, organized labor...more

Cuba Libre?

Cuba banned all private enterprise and foreign investment following Fidel Castro's 1959 revolution. For more than 50 years, the U.S. has imposed an almost total embargo on all trade with the largest Caribbean island nation. ...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

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Includes New Investor-State Dispute Settlement Protections

On October 5, 2015, 12 nations comprising 40% of global economic activity announced the conclusion of negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The deal promises to provide comprehensive standards for trade and...more

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement Finalized

On Monday, October 5, an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was reached between the Unites States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations. This historic partnership would potentially link 40 percent of the world’s...more

Colombian Companies Face New Compliance Challenges as Nation Ascends to World Economic Stage

When OFAC added Colombian sports franchise Envigado Fútbol Club to its sanctions list in June 2014, the news conjured up echoes of past dark days of “narco fútbol,” when the tentacles of organized crime touched the country’s...more

US China Trade War — Stock Market Crash, Presidential Trade Politics, Trade Policy, Customs, Antitrust and Securities

The Chinese stock market crash and world- wide effect on stock markets around the World has created a crisis with day to day developments. The World Stock market crash stated on August 24, 2015 and went through to August...more

Africa Update - August 2015 #2

Leading the News: Burundi - On August 6th, United Nations (U.N.) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza to resume the political dialogue that was suspended last month and...more


Because of the substantial activity in May, June and July with the passage of Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) and the ongoing Trans Pacific Partnership (“TPP”) negotiations, this blog post is being split into two parts. ...more

President Signs into Law Trade Promotion Authority, Extension of TAA, Trade Preference Programs and Changes to US Trade Remedy Law

On Monday, June 29, 2015, President Obama signed into law a bill renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) (H.R. 2146), as well as legislation reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA 2015) and U.S. trade preference...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2015

In This Issue: - Made in America: U.S. Manufacturing and the President's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda - Congressional Action Allowing Commerce to Retroactively Apply the Subsidy Law to Exports From China Survives a...more

Made in America: U.S. Manufacturing and the President's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued President Obama's 2015 Trade Policy Agenda (the President's Trade Agenda) on March 4. Many of the policy goals in the President's Trade Agenda are objectives...more

2015 Regulatory Challenges Burdening Manufacturers

As we roll into the new year, this edition of the Manufacturing Industry Advisor takes a look at some of the key regulatory issues that manufacturers will be facing in 2015. Based on recent discussions with key legislative...more

Trade-Related Energy Issues at Forefront of Political Debate in 2015

When the 114th U.S. Congress convenes this month, two key trade-related energy issues will be near the top of its agenda. First, the U.S. Senate is expected to vote on a bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone...more

Russia, Venezuela and North Korea: U.S. Trade Sanctions Expand in International Markets

During the same week that President Barack Obama announced sweeping changes in the diplomatic and trade relationships between the United States and Cuba, the president signed congressional legislation authorizing additional...more

Implications of the 2014 Congressional Elections for US Trade Policy

The November 4, 2014 mid-term elections in the United States increased Congressional support for trade liberalization at a critical time for US trade policy. A new Republican majority in the Senate and an enlarged Republican...more

Trade Policy In The 114th Congress

In This Issue: - Congressional Committees .. Senate Finance Committee .. House Ways and Means Committee - Trade Policy Issues .. Trade Promotion Authority .. Free Trade Agreements .. Miscellaneous...more

Major Breakthrough in the Information Technology Agreement Expansion Talks

The Office of the United States Trade Representative and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China announced on November 10, 2014 that the United States and China have reached an agreement on the coverage of...more

Africa Update - June 2014

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the...more

Trade & Manufacturing: News Of Note -- May 2014

House Subcommittee Advances Bill Approving LNG Exports To WTO Members - On April 9, a House subcommittee voted to advance a bill seeking to expedite the licensing of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to World Trade...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: - South Sudan - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from South Sudan: On April...more

Africa Update

In This Issue: - Leading the News - United States – Africa Relations - North Africa - East Africa - West Africa - Sub-Saharan Africa - General Africa News - Excerpt from Leading the News:...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - April 2013

In This Issue: - President Announces Trade Policy Agenda - Commerce Takes A More Aggressive Stance On Fraud - Companies Seek Approval To Expand Manufacturing In U.S. Foreign Trade Zones - U.S. Customs...more

Energy Newsletter - January 2013

In This Issue: - TRANSACTIONAL: Corporate/London; Maritime - Maritime Boundaries: UNCLOS and disputes over the right to explore and develop offshore reserves and the effect on the oil and gas industry -...more

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