USTR Initiates First USMCA Dispute Panel Over Canadian Dairy Quotas

2021-05-26T17:30:55+00:00May 26th, 2021|Trade Compliance|

Adding to the list of cross-border tensions, the first-ever trade enforcement action under USMCA escalated to a new level on Tuesday with the filing of a request by the USTR for a Dispute Settlement Panel over claims that Ottawa is still unfairly blocking U.S. producers from accessing the Canadian dairy market.

Canada Vows to Fight ‘Unjustified’ Softwood Lumber Duty Hikes

2021-05-26T15:44:36+00:00May 25th, 2021|International Trade Issues, Other Government Agencies/Depts.|

Importer of Canadian softwood lumber? A big hit is potentially on its way with a proposed increase to countervailing and antidumping rates currently levied against four of Canada’s top producers, in addition to more than doubling the combined “All Others” rate to a whopping 18.32%. Find out all the details and impacts of this potential action.

Tai Hosts First Meeting of USMCA Free Trade Commission

2021-05-21T17:55:56+00:00May 21st, 2021|International Trade Issues, Other Government Agencies/Depts.|

Find out more about the issues discussed at this week’s inaugural meeting of the Free Trade Commission established by the USMCA in which top trade officials from Canada, Mexico, and the U.S. reviewed the assessments of various committees charged with overseeing implementation of the trade pact and affirmed their commitment to enforcing its provisions in a range of critical areas.

U.S. Must Take Action to Prevent Loss of Industries, Tai Tells Lawmakers

2021-04-30T20:26:42+00:00April 30th, 2021|International Trade Issues, Other Government Agencies/Depts., Trade Compliance|

During a Senate hearing Wednesday, USTR Katherine Tai lamented what she said has become a now-familiar pattern in recent years of trade disputes devolving into “fights over the last scraps of an industry that we have lost to a competitor and in particular to the Chinese.”