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Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States, October 2016

Categories: China,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Germany,Japan,Korea,Switzerland,Taiwan

Latest semi-annual report on unfair currency practices by trading partners, especially those with a bilateral trade surplus with the U.S.  Special attention is focused on China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Germany, and Switzerland.  Also covers economic, trade, and exchange rate developments for the first six months of 2016.  From the Treasury Department


Shifts in U.S. Merchandise Trade 2015

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Natural Resources,Statistics

Reviews U.S. trade performance during the year with a focus on changes in exports and imports of key natural resources, agricultural, and manufacturing products.  Also examines changes in trade relations with 4 key partners and country groups.  Also has special topic: the impact of declining energy prices on U.S. sectoral trade flows.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission.


European Communities and Certain Member States: Measures Affecting Trade in Large Civil Aircraft

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Manufacturing,Transportation,Treaties

Ruling by a compliance panel of the World Trade Organization that the European Union and several European countries illegally subsidized airplane manufacturer Airbus to the extent of $22 billion over more than a decade and had failed to comply with orders to cease such subsidies.  Considered the most expensive dispute in international trade history.  From the World Trade Organization


How Preferential Trade Agreements Affect the U. S. Economy

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

This report examines the economic literature on trade and trade agreements and summarizes its findings  on how trade and preferential agreements have affected the U.S. economy.  Includes a brief history of trade agreements.  From the Congressional Budget Office


United States Reinstates Trade Preference Benefits for Burma Following Review of Eligibility Criteria

Categories: Burma,Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Labor/Employment

Press release explaining the reasons for suspending Burma’s benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) in 1989 and the resumption of benefits after reforms of worker rights by the new regime led by Aung San Suu Kyi.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative


Brexit: Trade Aspects

Categories: European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Great Britain,Treaties

Considers three possible trade options for Great Britain in the non-EU future: membership in the European Economic Area, a free trade agreement with European countries, or trading under World Trade Organization rules.  House of Commons Library Briefing Paper Number 7694


Firearms Commerce in the United States: Annual Statistical Update 2016

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Guns,Laws/Regulations,Statistics

A set of 13 statistical tables and charts on gun manufactures, exports and imports, types of weapons registered by state, actions on firearms license applications and more.  From the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives of the Justice Department


Implementing Bills for Trade Agreements: Statutory Procedures Under Trade Promotion Authority

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

Describes the procedures for so-called “fast track” consideration by Congress of trade agreements and how the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 modified the tight restrictions under which Congress considers trade legislation. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


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