Many people consider trade policy boring, irrelevant, or both. However, for EACC members who earn their keep on the flow of goods and services across the Atlantic and around the world, issues such as tariffs and dumping and countervailing duties can influence pricing, supplier choices and investment decisions. Trade friction has grown in recent years and is likely to continue, so it is important to stay current on the key issues. Below are some resources that may help.
Of course the EACC regularly has programming on these topics – including our 1/27 webinar featuring a discussion with EU Ambassador to the United States Stavros Lambrinidis on the EU-US relationship under the new American administration. Our New York chapter also created a “Brexit Musings” podcast asking members to consider how real-life business issues will be affected by Brexit. Be sure to watch the EACC Newsbrief for future events!
Trade Talks is a podcast produced by the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE). It features Soumaya Keynes (Trade and Globalization Editor for The Economist) and Chad Bown, the Reginald Jones Senior Fellow at PIIE) in conversation with key policymakers and analysts, presenting complex ideas in easy to understand terminology. Their most recent episode featured a discussion with the EU’s Director General for Trade, Sabine Weyand.
The Trade Guys podcast is hosted every week by H. Andrew Schwartz at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, and features Scott Miller and Bill Reinsch looking at how global trade policy issues can affect day-to-day life and business decisions. Their most recent issue looked ahead to new “Buy America” rules for U.S. federal procurement; past issues also considered how the U.S government investigates and prevents the importation of products made with forced labor.
EACC member company Thompson Hine runs a “SmarTrade” website providing timely news and analysis of the latest developments in international trade law.
And, of course, there are the official sources, including the website of the U.S. Trade Representative and the EU Directorate General for Trade.
What resources help you stay abreast of trade policy developments? Let me know and maybe we will highlight those in future editions of the Newsbrief!