Category Archives: trade

Ceasefire Announced in U.S.-China Trade War

By Chris Mitchell, vice president, global government relations On Friday, December 13, the United States and China announced they had struck a “phase one” deal that effectively pauses the trade war that has flared between the countries over the last two years. The Trump administration says the deal “requires structural reforms and other changes to […]

IPC Welcomes U.S.–China Phase One Deal

The following statement can be attributed to John Mitchell, IPC president and CEO: “The electronics manufacturing industry welcomes the announcement that the United States and China have agreed to a “phase one” trade deal bolstering enforcement of China’s intellectual property laws and rolling back or postponing retaliatory tariffs on thousands of goods traded between them. […]

Rising Tariffs Put a Painful Squeeze on Electronics Manufacturing

To determine the effects the U.S./China tariff dispute has on U.S. electronics manufacturers, IPC conducted a survey of its U.S. members. The results reflect how difficult it is for a global industry to navigate this uncertainty. IPC President and CEO John Mitchell provides details in his monthly IPC president’s message.

United States Increases Tariffs on More Chinese Products

by Chris Mitchell, IPC vice president, global government relations The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has published the official Federal Register notice increasing tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent on another $200 billion worth of Chinese products, effective at 12:01 a.m. on Friday. Meanwhile, the USTR also has added more products to the list of […]

USMCA Fights Ramps Up; IPC Helps Launch New Coalition

by Chris Mitchell, vice president, IPC global government relations Last week, IPC and more than 200 companies and industry associations announced the launch of a new coalition to make the case for congressional adoption of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Free Trade Agreement. The coalition has a series of daunting and time-pressing tasks ahead of it. The […]

NAFTA Negotiations Continue as Deadlines Loom

Late last month, the U.S. and Mexico announced they had reached a preliminary bilateral agreement to update their portion of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). U.S. discussions with Canada are ongoing, but senior officials have repeatedly suggested that they are prepared to move forward without Canada if necessary. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer […]

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 […]

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, […]