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Second Annual Conference on the Renaissance of American Manufacturing – Jobs, Trade and the Presidential Election
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
The National Press Club
President Obama Proposes New Trade Enforcement Unit And Other Manufacturing Initiatives In The State Of The Union Address
President Obama focused on manufacturing jobs and the U.S. trade relationship with China in his State of the Union address last month, mentioning China 4 times and “manufacturers” or “manufacturing” 15 times during his 90 minute speech. With respect to China, President Obama noted that his Administration has brought trade cases against China at nearly twice the rate of the previous Administration. He announced that he will build on these efforts by creating a Trade Enforcement Unit to investigate unfair trade practices in China and other countries. Administration officials stated at a briefing on the proposed Trade Enforcement Unit that it would draw resources from across the federal government, with the goal of bringing cases against unfair trade practices. More »
Reports Highlight Positive Indicators For U.S. Manufacturing In 2011 And Beyond
A number of reports published in 2011 contained positive news for U.S. manufacturing, showing an increase in employment and overall growth in the sector. These reports are also optimistic about the future of manufacturing in the United States. More »
The Fall Out From GPX And The Future Of Applying The Countervailing Duty Law Against Non-Market Economy Countries
This holding comes as a rebuff to Commerce’s decision to apply the CVD law to China. Since 2007, Commerce has initiated almost 30 CVD investigations against China. Although GPX appealed only one CVD determination on off-the-road tires, the CAFC’s decision casts a shadow over all prior and ongoing CVD investigations. More »
U.S. Trade Remedy Actions Filed In 2011 Up 600 Percent
U.S. manufacturers showed renewed interest in AD and CVD trade remedies in 2011. Industry petitions launched 12 new trade remedy investigations in 2011 claiming injury to U.S. producers from dumped and subsidized imports. In comparison, only two such cases were initiated in 2010.
Three of the 2011 petitions arrived in the closing days of December. These include, the second petition of the year involving imports of major household appliances (large residential washers) and the second petition of the year in the alternative energy sector (utility-scale wind towers). More »
- Certain Sleeping Bags Removed From The Generalized System of Preferences – The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced in December that certain non-down sleeping bags will be removed from the list of products receiving duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (“GSP”). The Obama Administration made this decision as part of its annual review of the GSP program. The United States extends GSP tariff benefits to certain imports from 129 developing countries. The Administration stated that it will remove certain non-down sleeping bags from the GSP program because they are “import-sensitive in the context of GSP.” More »
- White House Establishes Office Of Manufacturing Policy – President Obama announced the creation of the White House Office of Manufacturing Policy on December 12, 2011. The entity will be co-chaired by Commerce Secretary John Bryson and National Economic Council Chair Gene Sperling. Housed in the National Economic Council of the White House, the Office of Manufacturing Policy is designed to coordinate manufacturing programs and development of manufacturing policy. More »
- What The Candidates Are Saying: Rick Santorum – Rick Santorum, candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has spoken in favor of boosting domestic manufacturing. Last October, Santorum criticized Mitt Romney for his proposal to designate China as a currency manipulator. Santorum said that he does not wish to initiate a trade war with China, but would support policies to make American businesses more competitive vis-à-vis China. Santorum has advanced a proposal to encourage investment in domestic manufacturing by eliminating corporate taxation for manufacturers located within the United States, encouraging the repatriation of overseas capital by lowering the applicable tax rate, increasing the tax credit for research and development, taxing imports, reducing regulatory burden on companies, and expanding domestic energy exploration. More »
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