Domestic Content Requirements: Contrasting Treatment

The Biden administration has demonstrated that it can be flexible in carrying out its ‘Made in America’ agenda when necessary to accomplish other goals. This flexibility can be seen in its contrasting approaches to implementing domestic content

Procurement Developments in 2020

A paper, Converging Procurement Systems: Developments in 2020, presented at the annual Thomas Reuters Government Contracts Year in Review Conference in February, examined key developments in the international procurement arena in 2020. They

Biden Team Supports US Proposal to Withdraw Medicines from GPA

When the Trump administration ended, one of the issues that it left for the incoming administration was its proposal to withdraw a broad list of medicines and related products from U.S. commitments under the WTO Government Procurement Agreement

U.S. Proposes Removal of Essential Medicines from GPA: REVISED

On November 27, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) complied with President Trump’s directive to take steps to withdraw essential medicines, medical countermeasures and their critical inputs (“Essential Medicines”), identified by the Food and Drug

2020 Trade Barriers Report: Government Procurement

In its 2020 National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE), the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) catalogued trade barriers in 63 countries, customs territories and regional associations, including the 50 largest markets for U.S. goods. This

2019 Trade Barriers Report: Government Procurement

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) recently issued the 2019 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE), its annual tally of foreign trade and investment barriers. Government procurement, including “buy national”

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

Trump Trade Team Takes Shape

With the announcement this week of the selection of a U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), President-elect Donald Trump has rounded out the top members of his trade team. The team includes two newly created positions, as well as, a new trade council. While all

“Strong Tools” for Enforcing Trade Agreements

In February, President Obama signed into law the “Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015”, which includes the first reauthorization of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection since its creation in 2003 under the Department of Homeland