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  • On Second Thought, We Do

    For a while now, Costa Rica has been more than a little hesitant to ratify its free trade agreement with the United States. Never mind that "DR-CAFTA" (the Dominican Republic-Central America Free Trade Agreement) has already been negotiated, passed by the U.S. Congress, and implemented with...
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  • Trade Risk?

    The word on the street here in DC is that U.S. Customs and Border Protection is making some changes to its proposed rule to require advance security filings for all imports that pass through maritime ports. Known as " 10+2 " -- for the ten data elements that importers will be required to file...
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  • A Two-Way Street

    Discussions over free trade usually focus on imports - and these discussions often devolve into arguments over the impact of higher imports on U.S. manufacturers. Unfortunately, this obsession often causes us to miss out on the positives, such as those outlined in an article (subscription required) in...
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  • Atoms and Emissions on the Peninsula

    While earlier this month tanks were effectively demolishing Russia's recent "123 Agreement" on civilian nuclear trade with the United States, the U.S.' newest free-trade agreement partner, South Korea, announced a new long-term energy plan that calls for a substantial shift to nuclear...
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  • A Toe-Tapper at the White House

    I was fortunate to attend an event yesterday where President Bush once again called on Congress to approve free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea. NEMA fully backs the Agreements, which, if approved and implemented, stand to improve U.S. electroindustry exporters' market access...
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  • Competing to Survive

    I have never been confused with an economist, but one of my jobs here at NEMA is to assist companies who are interested in selling their equipment abroad. So something I read yesterday struck me. In an AP story about U.S. consumer confidence hitting new lows, an economist for one of the major banks ...
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  • Leaning and REACHing Too Far

    This morning's Washington Post features a front-pager (so far left on the front page that it almost falls off) that fails to explain the real thrust of the European Union's new regulations on chemical safety and implies that U.S. authorities and industry fail to protect us from toxic materials...
  • Did You Know?...

    Did you know that May, in addition to being Electrical Safety Month , is World Trade Month ? And today is actually the final day of World Trade Week ? This morning, in honor of the occasion, President Bush reminded us of some very clear concepts, including that many U.S. jobs and pay levels rely on U...
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  • So, What About NAFTA?

    Amidst all the campaign posturing, this will neither be a definitive answer nor a NEMA position, but just some points and ponders: Since the North American Free Trade Agreement came into effect in 1994, Mexico has surged to become the U.S. electrical equipment industry’s #1 export market and trading...
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  • Correcting the Chamber on Certification

    Every once in a while I get to spoil a party – which should be a part of every lobbyist’s job description. Just when it seems that everyone at some orchestrated event is fully in agreement, someone needs to be the one who ruins the good karma and says “But…” And so it was a few days ago at a grand 200...
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