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Congress Overwhelmingly Approves USMCA

Congress Overwhelmingly Approves USMCA

This piece was originally published in the March/April 2020 issue of electroindustry. by Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial, Affairs, NEMA Following positive bipartisan votes in the House of Representatives and Senate, in January the President signed into law legislation to implement the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The House approved USMCA 385-41 on December 19; the Senate voted 89-10 on January Read more […]

NEMA Promotes USMCA and Key Tax Provision

NEMA Promotes USMCA and Key Tax Provision

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Philip Squair, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA As this article is being written, the nation’s capital and much of the country are watching congressional hearings on the possible impeachment of the President. Amid this, NEMA continues to promote significant initiatives to implement policies that help NEMA Members be successful and profitable. In recent months, NEMA has engaged in two Read more […]

Some Products Escape China Tariffs

Some Products Escape China Tariffs

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA Although the Administration has continued to raise import tariffs on Chinese goods as part of its effort to reach an agreement on changes to a series of policies and practices that disadvantage U.S. companies there, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has excluded many NEMA scope products in response to requests from importers. Read more […]

Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Ricardo Vazquez, Mexico Manager, NEMA and Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As part of the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, federal agencies will seek to harmonize their energy conservation Standards and test procedures for regulated products. With the goals of increasing energy efficiency and facilitating market  access, the three national Read more […]

NAFTA 2.0 on Congressional Agenda

NAFTA 2.0 on Congressional Agenda

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As you read this, Congress should be moving forward with approval of legislation to implement the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), negotiated by the Administration with our neighbors and partners in 2018 to modernize the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Building on NAFTA, the USMCA contains a series of market access and Read more […]

China’s Standards Strategy

China’s Standards Strategy

This piece was originally published in the September/October 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As U.S. and Chinese trade officials resumed negotiations in July over tariffs, technology, and protection of intellectual property, the U.S. Commerce Department’s Office of Standards and Investment Policy brought to light a paper by a unit of the Standardization Administration of China (SAC) on SAC’s engagement in and plans for international Read more […]

Looking to the Future of Trade Agreements

Looking to the Future of Trade Agreements

Assessing the Effects of Trade on U.S. Electroindustry This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs As the U.S. prepares for a new president and Congress, international trade agreements appear to face a daunting future. President-elect Donald Trump and congressional leaders have expressed opposition to action to approve and implement the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. The eleven TPP Read more […]