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NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days: USTR Seeks Comments and Holds Hearing on NAFTA Renegotiation

by Alston & Bird on

On Tuesday, May 23, 2017, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) officially announced in a Federal Register notice that the United States intends to commence negotiations with Canada and Mexico over modernization...more

Ambassador Lighthizer Notifies Congress of the Administration’s Intent to Enter into NAFTA Renegotiations

Yesterday morning, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) formally notified Congress that the administration intends to initiate renegotiations with Mexico and Canada on the North American Free Trade...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Goes Live

USTR Lighthizer last week delivered the Administration’s official 90-day notice to Congress that it will renegotiate NAFTA. The notice says that the process will be carried out “consistent with Congressional priorities...more

Senate Confirms New US Trade Representative

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

The Senate confirmed Robert Lighthizer as the US Trade Representative (USTR) on Thursday. The USTR is a Cabinet position, and thus Lighthizer will now serve as President Trump’s top trade negotiator....more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days: How Were the First 100 Days for Trade?

by Alston & Bird on

As the Trump presidency’s first 100 days came to an end on April 29, some initial promises on trade were carried out (such as withdrawing from the TPP), and others were not (such as labeling China as a currency...more

U.S. Trade Representative Issues 2017 Special 301 Report

On April 28th, Ambassador Robert Lighthizer, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), issued the 2017 Special 301 Report. According to the USTR website, "[t]he 2017 Special 301 Report underscores the Administration's key trade...more

“Buy American” – President Trump Orders Federal Agencies to Enforce Government Procurement Rules

by K&L Gates LLP on

President Trump’s “Buy American” agenda continues to pick up steam. Following up on earlier executive action prioritizing use of American-made steel in new pipeline construction, President Trump has ordered federal agencies...more

The Buy American and Hire American Executive Order: What It Means For Supply Chain Management

by Jones Day on

In our December 2016 Commentary on the "Government Contracts Ramifications of the Trump Election" and our January 2017 update, we predicted that the Trump Administration would seek to strengthen domestic preferences in...more

USTR Report Highlights Foreign Barriers to U.S. Exports

by Polsinelli on

U.S. companies should review a recent USTR (United States Trade Representative) report providing insight into the various country-specific issues that may take center stage in future trade negotiations. Companies should then...more

Buy American Executive Order Means Renewed Obligations for Government Contractors

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

On April 18, President Trump signed the “Presidential Executive Order on Buy American and Hire American” (the Order), which declares the Executive branch’s policy to buy American goods and rigorously enforce and administer...more

Buy American and Hire American – New Executive Order Promises to Put American Workers First, But Practical Impacts Remain Unclear

On April 18, President Trump signed a new executive order (EO) at a ceremony in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The EO is entitled “Buy American and Hire American” and focuses on these two themes, with the President’s stated goal of...more

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficit

by King & Spalding on

On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration (“Commerce”) published a Federal Register notice regarding a public...more

Administration Issues Executive Order Providing Framework for its Domestic Buying and Hiring Preferences for Federal Procurement...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

"My Administration will follow two simple rules: Buy American, and hire American.” - President Donald J. Trump. - Fulfilling a prominent campaign promise, today President Trump signed an Executive Order (EO) detailing...more

Trade & Manufacturing - News of Note - April 2017

by King & Spalding on

United States and Japan May Discuss Trade Agreement - Japanese Finance Minister Taro Aso has expressed a desire that ongoing economic dialogue between the United States and Japan include discussions on free trade and...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

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

"Trump Administration Takes New Actions to Enforce Anti-Dumping and Countervailing Duties and Customs Laws"

On March 31, 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order calling for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the U.S. Trade Representative and the Departments of Commerce, Homeland Security, Justice and Treasury...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

by Alston & Bird on

Trump Executive Orders - On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders that will potentially have a significant impact on U.S. international trade: A new study on trade deficits may serve as a...more

President Trump Issues Two Executive Orders on Trade and Customs Enforcement, and Trade Deficits

On March 31, President Trump signed two Executive Orders (EOs) that address trade. The first EO addresses increased enforcement of U.S. trade and customs laws and specifically calls for plans and strategies to combat the...more

Trump Executive Orders Target Trade Deficits and Duty Collection

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

On March 31, 2017, President Trump issued two executive orders aimed at enhancing trade enforcement and drilling down on the causes of significant deficits with U.S. trading partners. These orders require: (1) development of...more

What’s New in Washington: 10 Things You Need to Know

As the Trump presidency completes its first 10 weeks, the administration is celebrating big wins on the regulatory reform front while nursing some wounds from a major defeat on efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable...more

USTR Releases President Trump’s National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the President's National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017, providing the Trump administration's first formal, written statement of its trade policy...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

by Alston & Bird on

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross informed a congressional trade committee that in mid-March the Administration will formally notify Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA. This provides a timeframe for industry to assess...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

by Alston & Bird on

Seeking to avoid exposure to the dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the head of the new White House National Trade Council has requested a legal analysis from the U.S. Trade...more

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