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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South Korean crony capitalism under fire

Forget Machiavelli, or “Game of Thrones.” When it comes to staying in power, South Korea’s richest business clans have the game plan down. [Jonathan Soble, Jeyup S. Kwaak & ChoeSang-Hung] May 8th, 2017 [The New York Times] There is the charity maneuver, in which family members park their stakes in their business empires in philanthropic nonprofits,…

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