Mon April 3, 2017

On March 31, President Donald Trump signed two executive orders regarding trade enforcement and unfair trade practices, issues about which he spoke extensively during his presidential campaign. The first executive order calls for Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the United States Trade Representative and National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro to review all trade agreements in force and prepare of a report on the causes of trade deficits with a plan to improve trade enforcement and the collection of import taxes. This executive order is designed to gather empirical data to be used to redefine U.S. trade policy to enhance U.S. manufacturing. The review, which is to be completed within 90 days, will examine and report trade abuse issues by country and by major product according to Secretary Ross. The second executive order gives more power to the agencies in the Department of Homeland Security working at the borders to collect anti-dumping and countervailing duties.