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USTR releases annual report

On March 1, 2019, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published The President’s Trade Agenda and Annual Report. The 397-page annual report is mandated under Section 163 of the Trade Act of 1974 and outlines the President’s objective of addressing trade imbalances through renegotiating existing free trade agreements (FTAs)–such as the U.S.-Kora Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) and the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)–and potentially embarking on new FTA negotiations–such as Japan, European Union, and the United Kingdom. Additionally, the report contains a mandated section on the U.S. implementation and participation in the World Trade Organization (WTO) and enforcement activities related to existing trade obligations.

Some of the report’s key points include:

A full copy of The President’s Trade Agenda and Annual Report can be found at here.

Author Daniella Taveau is Principal with Bold Text Strategies. She is a former International Policy Analyst with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and a Trade Negotiator with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she represented the United States in the World Trade Organization SPS and TBT Committees, and in U.S. free trade agreements.

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