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Stephen Claeys

Stephen Claeys

Stephen Claeys assists clients on a variety of international trade law and policy matters, including bilateral and multilateral trade agreements, trade remedies and safeguards, foreign market access barriers, e-commerce and digital trade, agriculture trade, and customs enforcement. He has 25 years of experience advising members of Congress, senior White House and U.S. Department of Commerce officials, and clients on international trade law and policy, and supervising the enforcement of the U.S. trade remedies laws.

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Trump Administration Notifies Congress of Intent to Renegotiate NAFTA

Posted in TPA
Today the Trump Administration sent a letter notifying Congress of its intent to renegotiate NAFTA.  The notification was required by the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015 (TPA).  By complying with this and other requirements in TPA, legislation required to implement a renegotiated NAFTA will be subject to streamlined procedures in Congress.… Continue Reading

Data Flows from China Could Be Significantly Restricted

Posted in National Security
This article is co-authored by Stephen Claeys and Shawn Chang of the Telecom, Media, & Technology practice. Proposed Chinese regulations (open in Google Chrome for English translation) could substantially limit the ability of companies in China from sending data outside of that country.   If implemented, the regulations would potentially affect almost any type of business or… Continue Reading

Clues on the Future of NAFTA and Trade Agreements

Posted in Trade Agreement Compliance
While trade played a large role in the President Trump’s election, there have been few specifics on the new Administration’s objectives in that area.  This has been particularly the case regarding the Administration’s plans for revising NAFTA and negotiating new trade agreements.  The recently leaked draft letter from the Acting U.S. Trade Representative to notify… Continue Reading

USTR Releases 2017 National Trade Estimate Report

Posted in Manufacturing, Trade Agreement Compliance, Trade Negotiations, Trade Policy
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released its 2017 National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE).  USTR publishes the NTE annually to provide the President and Congress with “an inventory of the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment by U.S. Persons, and… Continue Reading

Commerce Department Requests Information to Cut Red-Tape on Manufacturers

Posted in Manufacturing
On March 7, the Commerce Department will announce an opportunity for U.S. manufactures to help decrease the burden of regulations on their ability to do business.  The President asked the Secretary of Commerce for a report on reducing regulatory burdens and improving the permitting process for U.S. manufacturers.  To prepare the report, the Commerce Department… Continue Reading
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