Lighthizer to hold NAFTA talks with Congress, attend APEC trade ministers meeting in his first week

Robert Lighthizer, slated to be sworn in as U.S. Trade Representative on Monday afternoon, will have a busy first week in office, meeting with congressional committees of jurisdiction to discuss the administration’s negotiating objectives for NAFTA and traveling to the two-day APEC trade ministers meeting in Vietnam, sources told Inside U.S. Trade. [Jenny Leonard] May 14th,…

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Commerce Department Launches Another Anti-Dumping Investigation into Steel Products

This time, it’s cold-drawn mechanical tubing from several countries, including China.   [ELIZABETH BROTHERTON-BUNCH] May 11th, 2017 The battle against dumped steel imports wages on. On Wednesday, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced his department is initiating an investigation into cold-drawn mechanical tubing imports from countries including China, Germany, Italy, India, South Korea and Switzerland. The antidumping and…

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Grand Old Protectionists

“[Editorial note: An important blast from the past. This is a 2008 op-ed by Bob Lighthizer, Trump’s nominee for US Trade Ambassador. His criticism of Senator John McCain’s approach to trade policy is the source of McCain’s obstruction of Lighthizer’s nomination to day.]” [ROBERT E. LIGHTHIZER] March 6th, 2008 [The New York Times] NOW that…

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Jimmy Carter: Trump is right. Canada’s lumber trade practices are unfair.

I agree with the recent decision of the White House and the Commerce Department to impose anti-subsidy duties against Canada’s unfairly traded softwood lumber imports.   [Jimmy Carter] May 9th, 2017 [The Washington Post] This belated enforcement of U.S. trade laws will help millions of private timberland owners, American forestry workers and members of their local communities by leveling the playing…

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