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2016 U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue Joint U.S.-China Fact Sheet – Economic Track

Categories: Business/Economics,China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Govt Finance

https://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl0484.aspx

Fact sheet which lists four areas of major economic agreement between China and the U.S. in the latest round of economic talks between the two superpowers.  From the Treasury Department

 

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Revision of the Section 4(d) Rule for the African Elephant

Categories: Animals/Wildlife,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/FR-2016-06-06/pdf/2016-13173.pdf

Final rule to increase protection for African elephants by imposing a near total ban on U.S. trade in African elephant ivory.  From the U.S. Government Publishing Office’s GovInfo

 

U.S. International Trade in Goods and Services: Annual Revision for 2015

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

http://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/trade/2016/pdf/trad1316.pdf

Contains revised statistics on U.S. trade in goods and services for the period January 2013 to March 2016.  On an annual basis, the goods and services deficit was revised downward 7.3% for 2015.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

(business/economics     foreign trade/investment     statistics)

Scanning and Imaging Shipping Containers Overseas: Costs and Alternatives

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Terrorism,WMD

https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/114th-congress-2015-2016/reports/51478-Shipping-Containers.pdf

In 2007 Congress mandated that all seaborne containers loaded onto U.S. bound ships be checked with radiation detectors and imaging systems to prevent smuggling of weapons of mass destruction.  The deadline for implementation has been often delayed.  This report examines 5 options that cover the costs and implications of implementation plus alternative approaches.  From the Congressional Budget Office

 

Foreign Relations of the United States, 1977-1980, Volume XXVIII, Organization and Management of Foreign Policy

Categories: Foreign Affairs,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,History,Laws/Regulations,Spying/Intelligence

http://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1977-80v28

Focuses on four key areas of the Carter administration’s management of foreign policy: reforming of the National Security Council system, attempting to restructure the intelligence community, Civil Service and Foreign Service reform legislation, and centralization of matters related to economics and trade.  From the Office of the Historian of the Department of State

 

Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement: Likely Impact on the U.S. Economy and on Specific Industry Sectors

https://www.usitc.gov/publications/332/pub4607.pdf

Required report (788 pages) to Congress and the President which provides an overview of the TPP agreement, findings as to the likely economy-wide effects, and specific sectoral effects.  These include food and agricultural products, manufactured goods, energy, and services.  From the U.S. International Trade Commission

 

Foreign Exchange Policies of Major Trading Partners of the United States

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

https://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/international/exchange-rate-policies/Documents/2016-4-29%20%28FX%20Pol%20of%20Major%20Trade%20Partner%29_final.pdf

Reviews developments in international economic and exchange rate policies, especially how those policies affect bilateral trade with the U.S.  Discusses factors used to assess whether a major trading partner has a significant trade surplus with the U.S., a material current-account surplus, and engages in persistent one-sided intervention in the foreign exchange market. Establishes a monitoring list of countries of concern.  From the Treasury Department

 

2016 Special 301 Report

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment,Headlines,Property Rights,Treaties

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/USTR-2016-Special-301-Report.pdf

Annual U.S.publication on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement.  Discusses areas of progress and countries, such as China, placed on the Watch List because of trade secret theft, online piracy, and counterfeiting.  From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

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