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.
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in Trade Negotiations,Trade Policy,World Trade OrganizationOn August 14, the President directed the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to study China’s policies of forcing U.S. companies to transfer technology and intellectual property to Chinese enterprises. China uses a number of laws, policies, and practices that require U.S. companies to give up their technology as a prerequisite for either selling or investing in… Continue Reading
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in World Trade OrganizationOver the past several months, U.S.-EU economic relations have at best been static, if not uncertain and wobbly. Now, the EU’s weak reaction to China’s World Trade Organization claim demanding treatment as a market economy — with the resulting potential reduction of measures against dumped imports — emerges as a very serious strain on the… Continue Reading
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in TPAToday 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
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in National SecurityThis 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
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in Trade Agreement ComplianceWhile 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
By Stephen Claeys on Posted in ManufacturingOn 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