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Earl Gregg Swem Library

2017 Special 301 Report

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

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/301/2017%20Special%20301%20Report%20FINAL.PDF

Annual report on global trade developments relating to intellectual property protection and enforcement.  Also identifies nations which the U.S. considers to have harmful records on protection or enforcement of intellectual property rights. From the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Mexico’s Free Trade Agreements

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R40784.pdf

80% of Mexico’s exports go to the U.S.  This report covers Mexico’s efforts to diversify trade partners with 11 free trade agreements involving 46 countries.  Also covers the implications of this diversity for U.S. interests. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

 

Cuba: U.S. Policy in the 115th Congress

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

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44822.pdf

Speculates on the policy toward Cuba under the new administration and examines congressional legislation relating to economic sanctions on Cuba.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

A Steely Look at Steel: Commerce Directed to Prioritize Investigation of the Effects of Steel Imports on National Security

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Homeland Security,Manufacturing,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/natsec/steel.pdf

Takes a skeptical look at the president’s demand for an investigation into the national security implications of steel imports.  Examines how such investigations proceed, what factors will be examined, and why steel is often the target of such inquiries. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers

Categories: Copyright/Patents,Foreign Trade/Investment

https://ustr.gov/sites/default/files/files/reports/2017/NTE/2017%20NTE.pdf

Describes significant barriers to American exports such as tariffs, export subsidies, “buy national” policies, inadequate protection for intellectual property rights, and more. From the  Office of the U.S. Trade Representative

 

Border-Adjusted Consumption Taxes and Exchange Rate Movements: Theory and Evidence

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Taxes

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/misc/R44821.pdf

Explains what a border-adjustment tax is and what some implications might be, especially to exchange rates, if the U.S. were to implement such a new tax. From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

U.S. International Transactions: Fourth Quarter and Year 2016

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

https://www.bea.gov/newsreleases/international/transactions/2017/pdf/trans416.pdf

Reports that the current account deficit increased to $481.2 billion in 2016 from $463 billion in 2015.  Exports of goods and services decreased by more than the decrease in imports of goods and services.   From the Bureau of Economic Analysis

WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement

Categories: Foreign Trade/Investment,Treaties

https://fas.org/sgp/crs/row/R44777.pdf

The newest international trade agreement which entered into force on February 22, 2017.  It aims to simplify trade procedures to reduce the costs of trade.  This report provides an overview of the TFA, its provisions, U.S. implementation, and options for Congress to consider.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists

 

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