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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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Impact of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement on Data Privacy Rules

Posted in Trade Agreement Compliance
On September 30, the United States, Mexico and Canada reached agreement on the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The agreement also significantly updates NAFTA with new rules, including rules regarding data privacy. The Administration intends to use the USMCA as a template for future potential trade agreements… Continue Reading

Webinar: What You Need to Know About the USMCA Agreement

Posted in Announcements, Antidumping
What You Need to Know About the USMCA Agreement: What’s In It, How It Will Affect Your Business, How It Is Different from NAFTA, and What’s Next The US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) is a modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the 24-year old trilateral trade deal. Dan Pickard, Steve Claeys, and Nova Daly will… Continue Reading

USTR Announces List of $200 Billion Worth of Chinese Goods that May Be Subject to 10 Percent Tariffs

Posted in Customs Law, Trade Policy
On July 10, 2018, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) issued another list of Chinese products that may be subject to 10% duties stemming from the Section 301 investigation into China’s unfair practices related to technology transfer, intellectual property, and innovation. This list of products includes 6,031 tariff subheadings, covering a broad range of products, including agricultural… Continue Reading

USTR Announces Chinese Goods Subject to 25 Percent Tariffs

Posted in Trade Remedies
U.S. Will Review Additional Goods, Chinese Investment Restrictions Today, June 15, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced Chinese products that will and may be subject to special duties stemming from the Section 301 investigation into China’s IP practices. USTR has released two lists. List 1 covers 818 tariff lines that… Continue Reading

The New Section 301 Tariffs: Everything You Need to Know

Posted in Uncategorized
Please join us on Friday, May 4th for a webinar on the new Section 301 Tariffs. Wiley Rein International Trade Practice partners Steve Claeys and Maureen Thorson, and senior public policy advisor Nova Daly will discuss the goods and industries that will be affected, the implementation process, and how these tariffs may affect other sectors… Continue Reading

Update to China Section 301 Client Alert – USTR Releases Product List

Posted in Trade Remedies
On April 3, 2018, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released a proposed list of products that will be subject to tariffs as part of the Administration’s response to findings from the Section 301 investigation into China’s IP practices. The list includes nearly 1,300 HTS codes and tariffs of 25%, in addition to any… Continue Reading

UPDATE: President Signs Memorandum Penalizing China IP Violations

Posted in Trade Policy
Today, President Trump signed a Memorandum regarding the Section 301 investigation into China’s IP practices. In response to the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) findings that the Chinese government’s practices and policies related to technology transfer, IP, and innovation are unreasonable or discriminatory and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, the Memorandum instructs USTR to publish, within 15 days,… Continue Reading

President Expected to Issue Billions in Tariffs on Chinese Goods, Investment Restrictions, and Possible WTO Case Due to China IP Violations

Posted in Trade Remedies
Brief President Trump is expected today to announce his determination and possible remedies regarding a Section 301 investigation into China’s Intellectual Property practices. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducted the investigation and is expected to issue its report detailing its findings soon as well. According to sources, the President is expected to impose tariffs… Continue Reading

USTR Year in Review & Potential 2018 Trade Policy Changes Webinar

Posted in Announcements
In the first year of his Administration, President Trump has taken several actions that are creating trade uncertainties for businesses and governments worldwide. Join us for a policy and law briefing to learn about new opportunities and challenges presented by the Administration’s actions in its first year, how new trade policies may affect domestic and… Continue Reading

Wiley Rein Submits Comments on Chinese Intellectual Property and Innovation Policies

Posted in Trade Policy
On September 28, 2017, Wiley Rein submitted comments to the U.S. Trade Representative on China’s unreasonable and discriminatory intellectual property and innovation policies and their negative impact on U.S. companies, workers, and the overall economy.  The comments were submitted in response to USTR’s investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 regarding “China’s… Continue Reading

President Calls For Inquiry Into China’s Technology Transfer Policy

Posted in Trade Negotiations, Trade Policy, World Trade Organization
On 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

Handling of China’s predatory pricing may further divide US, EU

Posted in World Trade Organization
Over 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

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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