Washington Update

April 27th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trump administration officials head to China next week

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and White House advisors Larry Kudlow and Peter Navarro will be traveling to China next week to discuss the US-China trade relationship. The group are expected to be in Beijing May 3-4 to meet with Vice Premier Liu He, who leads China’s economic issues. The administration has not indicated the specific issues it wants China to address on this trip,...

April 20th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trade cases updates

There were several reports of new developments on pending US trade actions in the past week.

US tariffs on aluminum and steel

Additional trade partners file cases at WTO  The European Union and India formally requested dispute settlement consultations on US steel and aluminum tariffs at the World Trade Organization this week. Like China, the two countries argue that the United States’ tariffs are “safeguard” measures, rather than actions based on...
April 13th, 2018
Meg Kelly

$100 billion tariff list may be released soon

Reports emerged Thursday that in an effort to put further pressure on China to amend its problematic trade policies, the White House may release the list of an additional $100 billion in Chinese imports to be covered by tariffs. The tariffs -- $150 billion in total -- are one of the outcomes of the Section 301 investigation led by the Office of the US Trade Representative; they are not expected to be implemented until June at the earliest...

April 6th, 2018
Meg Kelly

Trump asks for additional potential tariffs on $100 billion in Chinese exports

The Trump administration announced Thursday night it may increase the amount of Chinese imports subject to tariffs by an additional $100 billion dollars, bringing the total to $150 billion.  It remains unclear if this announcement will become policy, as the statement directed the Office of the US Trade Representative to determine if additional tariffs were warranted. Additionally, the...