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Earl Gregg Swem Library

U. S. Trade with Free Trade Agreement (FTA) Partners

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

Presents data on U.S. merchandise trade with trade agreement partners, including trade balances with individual trade partners and groups, Also discusses the issues involved in using bilateral trade balances as a standard for measuring the economic effects of a particular FTA.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Recent Trends in U.S. Services Trade: 2016 Annual Report

Categories: Business/Economics,Financial Crisis/Markets,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Presents an overview of recent U.S. trade in services and highlights some of the service sectors and geographic markets that contributed substantially to recent service trade performance.  The 2016 report focuses on financial services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission


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


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