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AMERICAN KEG COMPANY

“There’s only so much that a customer is willing to pay to buy an American-made keg.”

-Paul Czachor, CEO

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Taking Matters into Your Own Hands – Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974

Before there was a WTO, the United States developed the tools to take matters into its own hands, using a trade tool known as Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974. It hasn’t been used much since 1995 when the WTO’s dispute settlement procedures came into effect, but the Trump Administration appears to be ready to dust it off to maximize leverage in its trade negotiations with China.

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Is a Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable? Botanists and Traders Disagree.

The Supreme Court answered this question when it decided that under the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, tomatoes would be considered a vegetable for the purpose of assessing a customs duty. Who knew the answer would relate to trade policy? And thanks to trade, we eat fresh tomatoes all year round.

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Trade Lessons from America’s Founders

Dear King George III: stop cutting off our trade from the rest of the world. That was among our grievances in the Declaration of Independence. The next 140 years saw U.S. tariffs rise and fall in response to the domestic preoccupation with the politics of protection.

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“De Minimis” Thresholds Are Not Trivial

Because most everything can be found online and purchased in small quantities, most consumers don’t see much difference between buying toothpaste from CVS online or purchasing an Alex Galchenyuk hockey trading card from Canada on eBay. But when the product is shipped across an international border, the “de minimis” rule is in play.

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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Introduces a Climate of Uncertainty in Trade

The idea of carbon tariffs has been resurrected after the United States announced it would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Such tariffs are subject to a complex framework of rules under the WTO.

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Both Sides of the Manufacturing Equation

Helping one set of manufacturing workers can put others in harm’s way. For example, anti-dumping duties on primary metals might help 400,000 metal workers, but it also disadvantages 6 million other manufacturing workers, whose families and communities equally value their jobs.

Trump Vows To Build Border Wall Between Mexico And The U.S.

Who’s Really Paying for the Wall?

If the Trump Administration is serious about applying a 20 percent tariff on goods from Mexico to pay for new construction on a wall along the United States and Mexico, it’s the United States that will pay, not Mexico. And the bill could come in as much as 900% above cost.

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Global Trade’s Golden Rule: Non-Discrimination

In life we are taught, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” In trade, we are taught the golden rule of non-discrimination.

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Could Trump Really ‘Rip Up’ NAFTA?

President-elect Donald Trump has variously proclaimed that he would “rip up” existing trade agreements, renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and impose a 35 percent tariff on imports from Mexico and a 45 percent tariff on imports from China.