Category Archives: Government Relations

United States, Mexico and Canada Reach new NAFTA Deal

Late last night, just hours before the Trump Administration’s self-imposed deadline, the United States, Canada and Mexico came to agreement on a new trade accord to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The new deal is being referred to as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). The leaders of the three countries expect to formally […]

United States, Mexico Set to Unveil Two-way Deal on NAFTA

This is an update to August 21 blog item In North America, the Trump administration prioritized one-on-one talks with Mexico, which produced a “handshake agreement” that was announced by President Trump today, August 27. Canadian negotiators are in Washington, D.C. this week to rejoin the talks, with the hope of reaching a trilateral deal very […]

TAX: Trump Administration Proposes Rules on Pass-Throughs, Expensing, Repatriation

In a series of steps to implement the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (TCJA), the Trump administration recently proposed several implementing regulations. Pass-Through Entities: On August 8, the U.S. Treasury issued proposed regulations defining the types of companies and professionals eligible to qualify as “pass-through” entities and receive a 20 percent income […]

IPC Highlights Industry’s Concerns in Brussels, Ahead of IMPACT Europe 2018

In our ongoing efforts to represent IPC members’ interests in policy debates worldwide, IPC’s Vice President of Global Government Relations Chris Mitchell recently traveled to Brussels, Belgium, where he had a series of meetings with European Union policy makers, along with Nicolas Robin, IPC’s new senior director, Europe. Chris and Nicolas met with decision-makers from […]

IPC Weighs in on Growing Trade Disputes

In recent months, the U.S. Government has launched several initiatives that are roiling the waters of international trade. NAFTA: In North America, the Trump administration prioritized one-on-one talks with Mexico, which produced a “handshake agreement” that was announced by President Trump on August 27. Canadian negotiators are in DC this week to rejoin the talks, […]

A Surprising Agreement Between the EU and U.S. on Transatlantic Trade

By Nicolas Robin, Senior Director, IPC Europe On July 25, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and U.S. President Donald Trump struck an agreement on transatlantic trade during President Juncker’s visit to Washington D.C. after three and a half hours of negotiations. Most interestingly for IPC, both parties agreed to work together on a reform of […]

Lead Added to EU REACH Candidate List of SVHCs

By Nicolas Robin, IPC Senior Director, Europe The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) added lead metal on its Candidate List of Substances of Very High Concern (SVHCs), on 27 June 2018, owing to its properties as a reprotoxic substance. What does Candidate Listing mean for IPC Members? Companies may have legal obligations resulting from the inclusion […]

U.S. Trade Policy and Your Business: A Webinar for IPC Members

U.S. Trade Policy and Your Business | June 29, 2018 | 11:00 am EDT As you’ve seen in the news, the Trump Administration has established an aggressive trade agenda, with significant developments occurring almost daily. Many of these developments will impact the electronics industry. For example, an additional 25 percent tariff on more than 800 […]

IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2018: Electronics Industry Leaders Urge Policymakers to Support Pro-Electronics Agenda

As an industry-driven association, IPC exists to help its member companies innovate, compete, and succeed in the electronics industry. Effective government relations is crucial to our collective success, because many of the policy debates taking place in world capitals have wide-reaching impacts on our industry. That’s why senior executives from top electronics companies recently gathered […]

President Trump Announces 25 Percent Tariff Imposition on Chinese Imports

Today, President Trump announced that he will impose 25 percent tariffs on Chinese imports worth roughly $50 billion. The tariffs, first proposed in April, are the result of a Section 301 investigation that found China’s technology transfer policies had harmed U.S. companies. The first round of these tariffs will take effect July 6 and will […]