Trade

Amid chaos at WTO, environmental goods offer Trump an opportunity

Candidate Donald Trump promised swift and aggressive action on trade policy during the 2016 presidential campaign. But aside from withdrawing the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the …

A role for trade rules in Internet governance

The Internet Governance Forum is a yearly meeting in which civil society, government, and private sector representatives from around the world convene to talk about internet policy issues. …

Alex Pollock speaks at the House Financial Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade

R Street Distinguished Senior Fellow Alex J. Pollock's opening statement to the House Financial Services Committee's Subcommittee on Monetary Policy and Trade, at their Jan. 10, 2018 hearing …

Steel protectionism is a slippery slide

WASHINGTON (January 10, 2018) – Restricting steel imports, including those from China, would prove both an economic and strategic mistake, argues R Street Trade Policy Counsel Clark Packard …

Steel imports pose no threat to national security

The United States is the fourth-largest steel producer in the world, producing nearly 80 million tons of crude steel in 2016. However, U.S. steel production has declined by …

Mega-Regional Musical Chairs: CPTPP-UK?

It’s been reported that the U.K. government is evaluating whether it should seek to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership in its quest to shape a post-Brexit trade policy.  This has prompted …

Will Congress forget to renew an important free-trade program?

*Randy Loayza cowrote this piece. While NAFTA renegotiations and adjacent bilateral trade disputes have dominated the current discourse on trade policy, the future of the less-discussed Generalized System of Preferences looks …

World Trade Organization conference could be consequential for e-commerce

* This piece was cowritten by Farzaneh Badiei who serves as the Executive Director of the Internet Governance Project. Introduction The World Trade Organization (WTO) will be holding a ministerial …

Suniva and Whirlpool trade cases clearly show safeguard laws are broken

In August, President Trump reportedly told his top advisers to “bring me tariffs.” Perhaps the president was envisioning tariffs on steel or automobiles, but he will soon have …

The winners in the modern economy won’t be protection seekers

After determining that increased imports of washing machines and component parts are causing “serious injury” to the American washing-machine industry, the United States International Trade Commission (ITC) has …

USTR Comments: Re: Potential Action: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products)

  The Hon. Robert Lighthizer United States Trade Representative The Office of the United States Trade Representative 600 17th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20006 Re: Potential Action: Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not …

Washington Principles on Copyright Balance in Trade Agreements

There is a growing recognition that the digital environment demands expansions in rights to use copyrighted material without permission of owners to facilitate a range of modern activities …

Free trade without American characteristics

Since the United States withdrew from the Trans-Pacific Partnership earlier this year, the remaining 11 members have been deciding whether and how to proceed with the U.S.-led agreement …

NAFTA negotiators should respect domestic labor rules

The following blog post was co-authored by R Street Research Assistant Randy Loayza. As the United States, Canada and Mexico continue to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement, …

Don’t let a potential trade violation block tax reform

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Ian Adams. The House Ways and Means Committee is set to do its part this week in marking up …

Latest reduction in duties shows promise in US-Canada softwood lumber trade

A recent decision by the U.S. Commerce Department could signal de-escalation of what has been one of the most fraught American trade disputes with Canada. Following the announcement …

Letter: We Urge USTR Negotiators, Congress to Consider These Points During NAFTA Negotiations

Ambassador Lighthizer, Chairmen Brady and Hatch, and Ranking Members Neal and Wyden, Over the 23 years since its inception, the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has proven to …

On GATT’s 70th birthday, free trade remains the wellspring of peace

It was 70 years ago today—Oct. 27, 1947—that representatives from 23 nations gathered at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, to finalize and sign the General Agreement …

Open Letter to President Trump: Avoid Trade Restrictions on Solar Panels

Dear President Trump, On behalf of the undersigned organizations, representing millions of Americans, we urge you to reject any trade restrictions in Inv. No. TA-201-075 (Safeguard). If trade restrictions …

Anxiety over NAFTA causing slide of the peso, and an increase in imports from Mexico

President Donald Trump and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer have made reducing the trade deficit a central focus of the in-progress renegotiation of the North American Free Trade …

The way farm subsidies work makes no sense

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Research Assistant Randy Loayza. The Trump administration has oscillated in recent weeks between pledging to renegotiate and threatening to withdraw from NAFTA. This back …

Broken trade laws and rising protectionism: Whirlpool fights imports, but who are they really helping?

The following op-ed was co-authored by Brandon Arnold, executive vice president of the National Taxpayers Union. According to a recent ruling by the International Trade Commission, imported residential washing …

Should we keep pretending there will be a new NAFTA?

Negotiators from Canada, Mexico and the United States very busily worked through a rapid succession of negotiating rounds last week to draft a new North American Free Trade …

A 21st century NAFTA must preserve copyright balance

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Associate Fellow Bill Watson.  The good news about the North American Free Trade Agreement is that it has fostered economic growth in Canada, Mexico …

Is the sun rising on solar protectionism?

Suniva Inc.—a Chinese-owned, Atlanta-based and bankrupt solar firm—filed a petition in May 2017 with the International Trade Commission seeking import relief. Eventually joined in the petition by another …

Solar panels, washing machines and free-trade cronyism

What does Suniva (a bankrupt, Atlanta-based, Chinese-owned solar firm founded in 2007) have in common with Whirlpool (a company founded in Benton Harbor, Mich., in 1911)? On first blush, …

‘Bring me some tariffs’?

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Electricity Policy Manager Devin Hartman.  Throughout the 2016 presidential campaign, then-candidate Trump promised a bold new trade agenda for the United …

Adjusting a carbon price at the border

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Energy Policy Director Josiah Neeley.  Economists from across the political spectrum support a carbon tax as the most efficient means to …

Trump is dangerously close to abdicating economic leadership on trade in the Pacific

President Donald Trump's complaints about China, Mexico, and other nations with whom the United States has a bilateral trade deficit date back decades before the 2016 presidential campaign. …

Let’s build on NAFTA’s strengths

The following op-ed was co-authored by Clark Packard, outreach manager and trade analyst for the R Street Institute. Even as renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement just got underway, …

With Steve Bannon out, Trump’s White House still isn’t pro-free trade

President Donald Trump's recent decision to part ways with chief strategist Steve Bannon — until now, the White House's leading voice of so-called "economic nationalism" — has been …

A history lesson on why Trump shouldn’t burn down NAFTA

On Aug. 24, 1817, in retaliation for American troops burning Upper Canada’s Parliament Buildings in the Battle of York, British soldiers ransacked the original White House and set …

Trump’s ‘energy dominance’ strategy starting to crack Eastern European markets

The U.S. Energy Department announced Aug. 21 that a cargo ship full of Pennsylvania coal would be sailing out of Baltimore, 5,600 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean, …

Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells (Whether or Not Partially or Fully Assembled into Other Products), Inv. No. TA-201-75 (Safeguard) Injury Phase

The Hon. Lisa R. Barton Secretary to the Commission U.S. International Trade Commission 500 E Street, SW Washington, D.C. 20436 Dear Secretary Barton: On behalf of the R Street Institute, a pragmatic free-market …

Clark Packard talks NAFTA renegotiation on Fox

President Donald Trump, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are set to meet in Washington today, and over the next three days, for the …

International trade rules for banning e-vapor products

In many contexts, including definitions set by the World Trade Organization, e-vapor products (EVPs) like e-cigarettes and tobacco-heated products (THPs, sometimes referred to as "heat-not-burn") may be regarded …

Investigating China: What is ‘IP theft?’

The White House announced Monday that it would instruct the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to begin the process to decide whether to initiate a Section 301 …

U.S. steel requirements for pipelines undermines American energy, trade

The United States is a free-trading nation, regardless what President Donald Trump says on any given day. Any doubters about current U.S. trade policy should look no further …

End protectionism in the shipping industry

In the annals of economic protectionism, few laws surpass the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, also known as the Jones Act. For almost 100 years, the act has created monopolies for …

Is the US about to get more free trade with the EU?

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Trade Policy Analyst Clark Packard. In a twist that surprised some, the Treasury Department is signaling its intent to sign a bilateral agreement …

Farm subsidies are stifling free trade

Every five years or so, Congress and well-connected agricultural lobbyists begin drafting a new Farm Bill. The inevitable spending bonanza they come up with is nearly always a …

The moral case for free trade

Make no mistake: The facts are on the side of free trade. There’s a reason it receives nearly universal support from professional economists — a notoriously disagreeable bunch …

Trump’s ‘America first’ agenda requires reform at international trade agency

The following op-ed was co-authored by R Street Justice Policy Manager Christina Delgado. President Donald Trump’s campaign-trail rhetoric calling for an "America first" stance on trade helped propel him to …

Testimony to USTR on NAFTA renegotiation

Chairman Gresser and members of the Trade Policy Staff Committee of the Office of the United States Trade Representative, thank you for the opportunity to testify today. My …

Regulatory harmonization between the United States and Canada

Renewed interest in regulatory reform in Washington is a necessary and positive development. A decadeslong accumulation of red tape and burdensome regulations imposes significant costs on the U.S. economy. …

A solar energy trade war may be looming

A petition recently filed with the International Trade Commission by an Atlanta-based solar manufacturer could cause solar prices in the United States to skyrocket, raising thorny questions for …

Embarrassment of Riches: Reversing U.S. minerals import dependency

The attached policy study was co-authored by R Street Senior Fellow Catrina Rorke. As recently as 1990, the United States was the world’s largest producer of minerals—a collection …

Trump is quietly waging a nontariff trade war

Trade policy emanating from the Trump administration over the past month has been dizzying. From the fairly standard, if regrettable, enforcement actions taken by the United States Commerce …

Six quick takes on President Trump’s speech

Thank you for making your speech short. Really, the days when folks enjoyed hearing long orations have passed. I am glad you thanked the Obamas for being "magnificent" to …

Seven bold, probably unpopular, political predictions for 2017

At the end of 2016, social media buzzed with Americans intentionally sharing their unpopular opinions. While I wasn't aware that anyone on Twitter or Facebook ever held back …

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