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Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

The President’s nascent trade policy has already drawn sharp rebukes from key trade partners that threaten the competitiveness of American exporters and investors. The refusal of the U.S. to endorse ...more

Predicting the Unpredictable: Will Tariffs Under President Trump Cause a Trade War With China?

President Trump has stated that he would impose tariffs on imports from China ranging from ten to forty-five percent. Can he do it? And will it cause a trade war? The Effects of Increased Tariffs - In the 18th...more

New Policy Agenda Highlights President Trump's Approach to Global Trade

The Trump administration released a report to Congress on March 1, 2017 outlining details of the president’s “America First” trade policy. The report represents a drastic shift in the U.S. approach to global trade practices...more

The U.S. Tax Reform and the Energy Sector

President Donald Trump and Republican Congressional leaders have promised a major reform to the U.S. tax code in 2017. This reform, if anything close to these promises, will have significant implications for the energy...more

EU Proposal for New Antidumping Methodology Pending as China Requests WTO Consultations With EU, U.S. After Protocol Provision...

The Chinese government wasted no time initiating a dispute at the World Trade Organization against the U.S. and the European Union the day after a provision in its WTO accession protocol expired. The provision permits other...more

House Blueprint’s Destination-Based Cash Flow Tax: A Primer

The election of Donald Trump in November has substantially increased the likelihood of major tax reform in the near future. While it is uncertain what shape such reform will take, there has been renewed interest in the...more

Trump Administration’s First Major Statement On Foreign Trade Affects Agriculture

On March 1, 2017, President Donald Trump released his first major policy statement on U.S. foreign trade relations. Issued through the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (“USTR”), a part of the Executive Office of the...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Febrero - Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje...

Durante el mes de febrero destacan los siguientes temas: Antidumping, Comercio, Propiedad Intelectual, Medidas Sanitarias, Aduanero, Arbitraje....more

WTO Appellate Body Report: Russia – Pigs (EU)

Decision: The WTO Appellate Body has affirmed that the Russian Federation violated its WTO obligations by imposing an EU-wide ban on live pigs and pork products, in breach of the WTO Agreement on the Application of...more

“Buy American, Hire American”—From Rhetoric to Regulation

“We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American.” While world leaders are pondering what these words from President Trump’s Inaugural Address mean for international trade, a different question looms for U.S....more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

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

Key Takeaways: Prospects for US Business Tax Reform — What You Need to Know

On February 16, 2017, Skadden hosted a webinar titled “Prospects for U.S. Business Tax Reform: What You Need to Know.” The Skadden panelists were M&A partner Stephen Arcano; global tax co-head Eric Sensenbrenner; and tax...more

U.S. Tax Reform – Border Adjustment Proposal: Current Status, and How Your Company May Be Affected

On 24 June 2016, the Republican Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady released a sweeping "Blueprint" proposal to reform the U.S. tax code. A critical component...more

Is the Border Tax Crossing the Line?

It is far too early to discern the extent of any change to the relationship between the U.S. and Mexico in the face of the oft-repeated insistence of the Trump campaign to “renegotiate” NAFTA, a promise that was reiterated...more

¿Qué Significa la Entrada en Vigor del Acuerdo de Facilitación del Comercio de la OMC?

El Acuerdo sobre Facilitación del Comercio (AFC) entró oficialmente en vigor el 22 de febrero de 2017, después de alcanzar el umbral de 110 miembros de la Organización Mundial del Comercio (OMC), o dos tercios de su...more

WTO's Trade Facilitation Agreement Enters into Force and What It Means

The Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) officially went into effect Feb. 22, 2017, after reaching the World Trade Organization (WTO) members' ratification threshold of 110, or two-thirds of the WTO membership. The TFA is now...more

Night Note: The 1st 100 Days

The Trump Administration is exploring new strategies to counter currency manipulation in international trade. One approach being discussed is to consider the practice of currency manipulation to be a...more

United States Challenges China’s Aluminum Subsidies at the WTO

On January 12, the United States filed a request for consultations at the World Trade Organization (WTO) regarding the substantial subsidies that the Chinese government has been pouring into its primary aluminum industry from...more

Update – Sweden’s Request to Ban American Lobster in the EU Risks Violating the Rules of the WTO

In July 2016, we reported that the Swedish Government had requested that the European Union impose a ban on imports of U.S./Canadian live lobster (Homarus americanus). Sweden argues that Homarus americanus should be...more

Plain Packaging and Warning Labels—While the WTO is Examining the Legality of Packaging and Labeling Requirements that Prohibit...

There have been several pieces of research recently calling for the use of plain packaging and graphic health warnings, similar to those used on tobacco products, on soft drinks and alcoholic beverages as a means of...more

Dentons' pick of global regulatory trends to watch in 2017 - Economic sanctions and trade

Focus on the US - Trade - International trade was a significant issue during the presidential campaign and one which President Trump returned to often on the trail. First, he promised that trade agreements would...more

Boletín Mensual de Comercio Internacional: Enero - Información con Énfasis en la Regulación Comercial y de Arbitraje Internacional

Durante el mes de Enero destacan los siguientes temas: Acceso, Compras, Propiedad Intelectual, Comercio, Inversión, Solución de Diferencias, Competencia, Subvenciones, Arbitraje Inversión....more

"Significant Changes Likely for US Trade Policy and Enforcement"

U.S. international trade policy and enforcement were centerpieces of President Donald Trump’s campaign and are likely to feature prominently in the new administration’s agenda in the months ahead. The Trump administration has...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia – Commercial Vehicles

Decision: A WTO Panel has handed down a mixed ruling in an EU challenge to anti-dumping duties imposed by the Russian Federation on certain light commercial vehicles (LCVs). The Panel found for the EU on 8 of the 28...more

House Proposal for Border Adjustability and Relevant WTO Rules

On June 24, 2016, on behalf of the House Republican Caucus, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R -Wis., and House Ways and Means Chairman Kevin Brady, R -Tx., proposed sweeping reforms of the U .S. income and corporate taxes. The...more

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