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Why Trade Is Evolving, Not Going Away

Trade Evolving
By Francisco Aristeguieta Anyone focused exclusively on the bold headlines and market moves of 2018 can be forgiven for concluding that trade is doing more than just rattling markets. To some, these moves signal the demise of an economic framework based on trade and globalization, which has underpinned economic growth and progress for decades. Overseeing the Asia Pacific region, and responsible for our fast-growing franchise in some of the world’s most dynamic markets, I am...
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U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada

U.S., Mexico reach NAFTA deal, turn up pressure on Canada
  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Mexico agreed on Monday to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), putting pressure on Canada to agree to new terms on auto trade and dispute settlement rules to remain part of the three-nation pact.  Auto stocks soared and the S&P 500 and the Nasdaq rallied to record highs on the expectation that Canada would sign onto the deal and ease the economic uncertainty caused by...
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2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!

2018 CTPAT Conference Dates Announced!
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is proud to announce the 2018 CTPAT Conference. The conference will be held in Orlando, Florida. The conference will be September 12 and 13, 2018.  September 12, 2018, will be general session with multiple speakers and panel discussions.  September 13, 2018, will be a day of workshops.  Both days will begin at 8:00 am and conclude around 5:30 pm.  An agenda will not be provided ahead of the conference.  Agendas...
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USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices

USTR Finalizes Second Tranche of Tariffs on Chinese Products in Response to China’s Unfair Trade Practices
Washington, DC (USTR.GOV) – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a list of approximately $16 billion worth of imports from China that will be subject to a 25 percent additional tariff as part of the U.S. response to China’s unfair trade practices related to the forced transfer of American technology and intellectual property.  This second tranche of additional tariffs under Section 301 follows the first tranche of tariffs on approximately $34...
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Automated Compliance: Allied's Stock-in-Trade

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Written by By Jennifer Baljko | INBOUND LOGISTICS  Automating global trade compliance helps electronics component distributor Allied Electronics & Automation nail its screen test. Companies in the import/export business dread the day when a customs official knocks on the door and questions their shipping policies. That day came for distributor Allied Electronics & Automation a few years ago. Allied stocks about 150,000 electronics, automation, and electromechanical products at its Fort Worth, Texas, distribution center. Its core portfolio...
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Cuba-U.S. Relations: The Rapprochement Slows Down

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Written by Alejandro E. Moreno | Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP Soon after Fidel Castro overthrew the government of Cuba to found a communist state in 1959, Cuba began nationalizing U.S-owned properties in Cuba. In response, the U.S. implemented trade restrictions, closed its embassy in Havana, broke official diplomatic relations with Cuba, and attempted to overthrow the Cuban government. The U.S. also declared a trade embargo on Cuba in 1960, which severely hampered the...
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The Nuts and Bolts of the Steel and Aluminum 232 Matters

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On March 8, President Donald Trump announced that trade remedies would be imposed on steel and aluminum imports pursuant to Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962. Section 232 allows for trade remedies when the president, acting through and on the recommendation of the Department of Commerce, finds that imports threaten the national security of the United States. Upon such a finding, the president can “adjust the imports of an article and its...
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As NAFTA Talks Continue, Your Hamburger Hangs In The Balance

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The Washington Post | By  Caitlin Dewey   Few meals are more American than a burger and fries, the combo McDonald’s made globally famous. But few Americans probably realize how much the affordability of that classic meal depends on a free-trade agreement. French fries from Canada. Tomatoes from Mexico. Beef sourced from a supply chain that crosses all three countries. When it comes to dinner, there's plenty at stake in the North American Free Trade Agreement,...
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"Alexa, thank our customers for their support."

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Build it, and they will come Last month we announced our new Alexa Skill (app) on the Amazon store. We hope you have had the opportunity to install this free feature for your Amazon Echo and have had time to use it. Along with the launch, we thought we would have some fun and give away an Amazon Echo. We did not expect the overwhelming amount of entries and response to our Trade Skill. We...
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Meet your new Trade Partner, Alexa

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Technology changes the way we do things. At GTC we recognize the need for resources to help you do your work much more efficiently and remain in compliance. That is why we are excited to introduce you to the GTC skill for Amazon Alexa. If you own an Amazon Echo, you know the many different things you can do with it. Now you can get the free GTC skill which provides you with a helpful...
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Daniel D. Ujczo | Bruce C. Thelen | Brenda C. Swick

NAFTA: USTR Summary of Objectives

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In case you missed it; here is a summary of the NAFTA modernization process: The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) modernization process advanced on July 17, 2017 with the release by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) of the NAFTA negotiating objectives  summary.  Specifically, Section 150(a)(1)(D) of the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA-2015 or “fast track”) requires that USTR at least 30 days prior to the...
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Elsa Manzanares and Michelle Schulz

Beware Export Controls On Software, Encryption, Technology

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Executives routinely travel abroad with company-issued or personal laptops, tablets and handheld devices. It is common to carry product information, presentations and other information on these devices. For example, a sales executive may have a proposal that includes detailed product specifications as well as information on pricing and delivery. The device itself may contain software that is controlled for export to the destination country, or it may contain encryption items. Under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR)...
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