Trade

An increasing number of countries have come to realize that digital technologies and products are part of a fierce race for global innovation and technological advantage. Rather than invest the time, resources, and expertise to help their firms and workers become more competitive and innovative, they turn to digital protectionism. The testimony focuses on the evolution and impact of U.S. digital trade policy, especially its focus on making the moratorium on digital duties clear and permanent.
Trade
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June 25, 2019
Korea, Mexico, and Taiwan represent vital trade partners for the United States, not only as destinations for U.S. exports, but more importantly as key partners whose firms supply critical intermediate goods on which the health of America’s advanced-technology industries depend.
June 24, 2019
ITIF has filed comments with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, regarding its draft policy changes towards transborder data flows.
June 13, 2019
A survey of allied think tanks summarizes what 23 nations and the EU are doing best when it comes to innovation policy, and where there are the greatest opportunities to improve. In many cases, the successes can serve as model policies for other countries to adopt.
June 10, 2019
The United States imposed six sets of tariffs in 2018, levying taxes on $303 billion worth of U.S. imports, which drove other nations to impose tariffs on $121 billion worth of U.S. exports. New analysis of U.S. trade through November 2018 found that nearly all the value of tariffs was passed through to U.S. companies and consumers in the form of domestic price increases.
June 6, 2019
The United States must stand up for innovation in the debate over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), ITIF's Stephen Ezell, the Macdonald-Laurier Institute's Richard Owens, and Fundacion Idea's Alberto Saracho write in The Hill.
May 27, 2019
The foundation of the global digital economy is showing cracks. Countries that support an open, rules-based global trading system need to agree on a common framework.
May 23, 2019
If the administration insists that Chinese enterprises play by WTO rules but they don’t, then it is justified in responding accordingly. But that response must be measured and proportionate. If not adequately balanced, limiting U.S. technology exports to Chinese firms is just cutting off our nose to spit our face.
May 20, 2019
Depending on how restrictive export controls are, U.S. firms could lose $14.1 billion to $56.3 billion in export sales over five years, with the missed export opportunities threatening from 18,000 to 74,000 jobs.
May 16, 2019
ITIF endorses USTR’s proposed imposition of countermeasures, in the form of additional tariffs, commensurate with what the WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body has found to be adverse effects inflicted on U.S. aerospace competitors as a result of the EU’s WTO-inconsistent subsidy programs for large civil aircraft.
May 9, 2019
Chinese policymakers cling to a strident view that national sovereignty in the cyber realm supersedes the need to enable data flows or cooperate with trading partners on important international norms.

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