U.S. Trade Agreements with Procurement Commitments: A Djaghe Reference Paper

A Djaghe reference paper, U.S. Trade Agreements with Procurement Commitments, examines bilateral trade agreements that the United States has entered with government procurement commitments. These agreements build on U.S. obligations under the WTO

Consequences of Potential U.S. Withdrawal from GPA

On February 4, Bloomberg news service reported that President Trump is considering issuing an executive order that would withdraw the United States from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA). This post considers some of the likely consequences of

Trump Trade Agreements: 2019

When President Trump pulled the United States out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement at the beginning of his presidency, he emphasized his interest in negotiating trade deals on a bilateral basis. Nearly three years later, he can point to

GAO Report: Limited Purchases from Foreign Sources

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) in its report, “Foreign Sourcing in Government Procurement,” provided broad estimates of purchases from foreign sources by the U.S. federal government and central governments of the other six main parties to

ITC: USMCA’s Moderate Impact

On April 18, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its report on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA), concluding that it is likely to have a “moderate” impact on the United States. This post highlights the ITC’s

US-EU Talks: Procurement Prospects

The United States and the European Union have issued proposals on the scope of their planned trade negotiations that reveal significant differences. On January 12, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) published negotiating objectives that call for a

USMCA Investor Dispute Settlement: NAFTA Minus

The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) incorporated the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions that the United States has typically included in its trade and investment agreements. In contrast, its replacement – the

Procurement Waivers in a NAFTA Withdrawal

The re-negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are entering their 9th month with no clear indication of when or how they might be concluded. President Trump has alternated between supporting the negotiations and threatening to withdraw

EU-Mexico Agreement in Principle: Procurement

On April 21st, the European Union announced that it had reached an agreement in principle with Mexico on a new trade pact, which  upgrades an existing agreement. Mexico will open more procurement to the EU than it has in any other free trade agreement (FTA).

Trump’s 2018 Trade Policy Agenda: Negotiating Agreements

On February 28, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) sent the President’s 2018 trade policy agenda to the Congress, in accordance with the 1974 Trade Act. The agenda sets out five major pillars for U.S. trade policy: supporting national security;