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U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services: December 2016

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Finance,Statistics

https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/2017/pdf/trad1216.pdf

Includes annual averages for 2016.  The trade deficit reached $502.3 billion, up $1.9 billion from the previous year.  The top five trading partners were China, Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Germany.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

 

Renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA): What Actions Do Not Require Congressional Approval?

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Presidency,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/re-nafta.pdf

Examines the extent to which the executive branch unilaterally renegotiate the trade agreement without further action by Congress.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

The United States Officially Withdraws from the Trans-Pacific Partnership

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/Press/Releases/1-30-17%20USTR%20Letter%20to%20TPP%20Depositary.pdf

Copy of letter of withdrawal and disavowal of legal obligations from signature of February 2016.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Withdrawal from International Agreements: Legal Framework, the Paris Agreement, and the Iran Nuclear Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44761.pdf

Examines the legal questions, both domestically and internationally, raised by potential U.S. withdrawal from international agreements.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

Presidential Memorandum Regarding Withdrawal of the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations and Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Presidency,Treaties

https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/23/presidential-memorandum-regarding-withdrawal-united-states-trans-pacific

Directs the U.S. Trade Representative to withdraw the U.S. from TPP negotiations and to pursue bilateral trade deals instead.  From the White House

 

Cuba: U.S. Policy Changes Increased Engagement with Private Sector, but Agency Information Collection is Limited

Categories: Business/Economics,Cuba,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

http://www.gao.gov/assets/690/681641.pdf

Examines what is known about the size and scope of the Cuban private sector, the effect of U.S. changes to legal and regulatory restrictions on Cuba’s private sector, and the extent to which these changes have expanded U.S. and Cuban economic opportunity.  From the Government Accountability Office

 

2016 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-Out-of-Cycle-Review-Notorious-Markets.pdf

Highlights specific markets engaging in substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

2016 Report to Congress on China’s WTO Compliance

Categories: China,Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/2016-China-Report-to-Congress.pdf

Describes the various ways the U.S. is working to hold China to its World Trade Organization commitments, especially in such areas as intellectual property rights enforcement,  the protection of trade secrets, and industrial policies.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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