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Have US Tariffs Launched a Trade War?

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Citing national security concerns, in March (2018) the Trump Administration imposed a 25% duty on steel imports and a 10% duty on aluminum imports. Have US tariffs launched a trade war? Or is it clever use of a negotiating tactic by the Administration? Negotiations Using the threat of the tariffs, the Trump Administration received commitments from Argentina, Australia, Brazil and South Koreato reduce their imports of the...

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Should the system of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) be reformed?

Posted by on May 21, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Should the system of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) be reformed? That is the question being considered by the United Nations Commission on Trade Law (UNCITRAL). ISDS provisions are contained in about 3,000 investment treaties and investment chapters of free trade agreements. The provisions permit a foreign investor in the form of a company or individual to bring a claim directly against a State where the investor...

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Trump Trade Agenda

Posted by on Apr 15, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email The Trump trade agenda is in the news. Since January (2018), the Trump Administration has imposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, started a trade war with China, and re-negotiated the 6-year old Korea-US Free Trade Agreement (KORUS). The Administration also continues NAFTA re-negotiations and most recently is considering having the U.S. re-join the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement left within three days of Trump...

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Trade Watch 2018: Brexit

Posted by on Apr 1, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email On March 29, 2019 the United Kingdom (UK) is scheduled to leave the European Union (EU). On what terms? What will Brexit mean for the future of the UK’s trading relations with the EU and the rest of the world? Just over a year ago (on March 29, 2017), UK Prime Minister, Theresa May, informed the EU of its intention to withdraw from the European Union. Her act honored the outcome of the June 23rd Brexit referendum.This act...

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Do Gender Issues Belong in a Trade Agreement?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email Do gender issues belong in a trade agreement? “Yes!”, says Canada. The updated Canada – Chile Free Trade Agreement contains a gender chapter, the first of its kind for a G-20 country. And Canada has proposed that a gender chapter also be included in re-negotiated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). This chapter would be modeled along the lines of the one in the Canada-Chile FTA. Why do gender issues belong in a...

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Trade Watch 2018: NAFTA Renegotiations – Part II

Posted by on Mar 8, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email (In Part I, we explained that while Canada and Mexico seek to “modernize” NAFTA, the U.S. has said it seeks to “restructure” NAFTA.) Even as NAFTA negotiators concluded the 7th round of negotiations (March 5th in Mexico), the threat to “Kill NAFTA” resonates. Negotiators agreed on the rules for regulatory practices and sanitary physo-sanitary (SPS) – key to the agriculture sectors.  However, US proposals to...

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