Trade Policy

Commentary

President Obama is right to recognize the need for new trade promotion authority and other resources to promote more exports. But he and Congress should not overlook some simple steps that would also help to remove obstacles that currently keep America’s Foreign-Trade Zones — a shining exception to the sluggishness of the overall export economy — from doing even better.

News & Analysis

02 Apr 2014
NEWPORT, R.I. — Companies must “keep the pressure on” for congressional passage of pro-trade legislation, said Jonathan Gold, vice president, supply chain and customs policy, at the National Retail Federation.
Euromaidan protesters in Kiev, Ukraine in January 2014.
12 Mar 2014
The European Commission has adopted a proposal to temporarily remove customs duties on Ukrainian exports to the European Union until Nov. 1, 2014...
06 Mar 2014
WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today gave a positive picture of the Obama administration’s trade agenda success and reiterated the importance of the president gaining authority to submit two ongoing major trade pacts to Congress for a simple yes-or-no vote.
Frederick W. Smith, chairman, president and CEO of FedEx, speaking at the JOC's TPM conference in Long Beach, Calif.
04 Mar 2014
In a keynote speech delivered March 3 at the JOC’s 14th annual TPM conference, Frederick W. Smith, the chairman, president and CEO of global transport operator FedEx, condemned the increase in trade barriers in the wake of the Great Recession of 2008-9.
Fred Smith of FedEx
03 Mar 2014
LONG BEACH, Calif. — A rising tide of protectionism, combined with “low-growth” policies, is impeding the global economic recovery and could threaten historic levels of prosperity, Frederick W. Smith, the chairman, president and CEO of global transport operator FedEx, said today.
29 Jan 2014
President Obama touched on trade, transportation infrastructure, water resources, natural gas fueling networks and trucks in his State of the Union address, pledging to use executive orders to advance his agenda where possible.
15 Jan 2014
WASHINGTON — Shippers could see faster cargo clearance at U.S. ports of entry and enjoy better access to the nation’s seaports through a proposed $1.1. trillion omnibus bill.
13 Jan 2014
This will be the year U.S. Customs and Border Protection shows what the agency can do when it has politically appointed leadership, something it hasn’t had for two years. If confirmed by the Senate, R. Gil Kerlikowske will lead the agency as it brings a long-delayed cargo processing system into the homestretch, beefs up its top trusted-trade program and determines how to best assist exporters. At the same time, CBP continues to better target goods for inspections so it doesn’t hold up trade unnecessarily.
09 Jan 2014
WASHINGTON — Congress has a small window to approve legislation that would renew President Obama’s authority to submit two ongoing major trade pacts to Congress for a simple yes-or-no vote.