Trade Agreements


Companies engaged in global trade can design their supply chain to reduce costs associated with customs duties and other expenses by sourcing goods originating in a Free Trade Area. The United States has undertaken a diverse group of trade agreements in many reagions. The agreements include the North American Free Trade Agreement, the U.S.-Dominican Republic-Central America FTA, and bilateral agreements with Australia, Chile, Singapore, Jordan, Israel, Morroco, and Bahrain. In addition, the U.S. has negotiated agreements with Panama, Colombia, and South Korea. Companies exporting to customers seeking to claim preferences under these agreementrs must establish compliance systems to gather the necessary information and document the origin of their products. Similarly, importers need to have the required documentation or knowledge to support a claim for duty-free entry.

Barnes/Richardson lawyers have helped many companies establish compliance systems for FTAs. We have also worked with companies undergoing governmental verifications of the status of their goods. 

In addition to compliance with existing FTAs. Barnes/Richardson assists clients seeking to implement changes to upcoming or existing FTAs. Successive rounds of GATT/WTO negotiations and free trade area negotiations such as those leading to the NAFTA have presented opportunities for those importers and domestic industries that are alert to the developments in these negotiations and that present their views effectively.

Barnes/Richardson has represented clients in every round of GATT/WTO negotiations since 1948, and is well versed in the intricacies of such international trade negotiations. The Firm now brings this experience to the proceedings of the World Trade Organization and other multi-lateral organizations.

February 25, 2019
President Trump Delays Deadline for 301 Tariff Increase
May 1, 2018
232 Update: Exemptions Extended, Drawback Denied
September 14, 2017
NAFTA's Fourth Round of Negotiations Scheduled for Mid-October
July 3
USTR Requests U.S.-Korean Joint Committee to Review KORUS Agreement
June 2, 2017
President Trump Announces Withdrawal from Paris Climate Accord
May 22, 2017
USTR Requests ITC Investigation into Economic Effects of NAFTA Agricultural Import Tariff Elimination
February 14, 2017
President Trump, Prime Minister Trudeau Meet to Discuss Potential NAFTA Modifications
January 24, 2017
President Trump Signed a Presidential Memorandum Withdrawing the U.S. from the TPP
Friday April 24, 2015
Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee Pass TPA, Customs Reauthorization, and GSP Bills
April 20, 2015
Senate Finance Committee Holds Open Executive Session on Four Trade Bills
April 15, 2015
USDA Agreement Expands Pork and Beef Exports to Peru and Mexico
February 5, 2015
USDEC Fights EU GI Policies
January 22, 2015
State of the Union Address and the President’s Trade Agenda
January 14 , 2015
EU Study on ISDS
December 15, 2014
ITA Fails to Meet Deadline
November 18, 2014
Brussels Report on Restrictive Trade Measures
November 13, 2014
U.S. and India TFA Resolution
September 24, 2014
EU and Ecuador Free Trade Agreement Text Released
September 15,2014
South Korea’s Involvement with the TPP
August 7, 2014
U.S. Concerns Regarding South Africa’s Participation in the AGOA
August 6, 2014
U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit
April 11, 2014
Wyden Outlines Plan for TPA
March 10, 2014
White House Releases 2014 Trade Agenda
January 29, 2014
Obama Plugs Passage of TPA in State of the Union
January 28, 2014
U.S. Temporarily Lifts Certain Iranian Sanctions
October 22, 2013
U.S., E.U. Extend High-Quality Beef Agreement
October 04, 2013
White House Cancels 2nd Round of TTIP Negotiations
October 01, 2013
Government Shutdown Impacts International Trade Agencies
September 20, 2013
Obama: “Fast-Track” Authority Necessary to Complete Trade Agreements
June 20, 2013
Senate Confirms Froman as USTR
March 5, 2013
President Obama Emphasizes Multilateral Trade Talks in 2013 Trade Agenda
January 28, 2013
USTR Requests Comments on International Services Agreement
June 19, 2012
Canada Invited to Join TPP Negotiations
May 15, 2012
U.S. Colombia FTA Takes Effect
May 1, 2012
CBP Issues Filing Requirements for Colombia FTA Claims
December 16, 2011
WTO Revises Government Procurement Agreement
December 16, 2011
WTO Approves Russia’s Membership
December 7, 2011
USTR Seeks Comments on Canada, Japan, and Mexico’s Intent to Join TPP Negotiations, Undertakes 10th Round of TPP Negotiations
November 30, 2011
South Korean President Signs KORUS FTA
November 22, 2011
South Korea Passes KORUS FTA
November 15, 2011
TPP Leaders Announce Broad Outline of Agreement; Japan, Canada and Mexico Express Interest
November 10, 2011
WTO to Vote on Russian Membership
October 26, 2011
CBP Issues Instructions regarding GSP and ATPA Extensions, Announces MPF Rate Change
October 21, 2011
President Signs FTAs, GSP/TAA Legislation
October 21, 2011
Mexico Lifts Retaliatory Tariffs
October 19, 2011
Mexico to Lift Retaliatory Tariffs
October 18, 2011
President to Sign FTAs, GSP Renewal on Friday

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