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The CPA is Washington’s leading organization fighting for a new trade policy to deliver balanced trade, restored health for American industries, broadly-shared economic growth, and more jobs for American workers.  Learn about the key trade issues impacting the US economy that must be solved. Research by CPA staff takes a deeper look at these issues and which policy changes can lead to dramatic improvement.

CPA Research

Monthly US Trade Deficit Rises $0.9B to $55.5B, Advanced Technology Deficit Surges 14% in October

December 06, 2018

Non-competitive Dollar, Front-Running of Tariffs Drive Up October Deficit, Imports


By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The monthly US trade deficit rose by $0.9 billion in October, reaching $55.5 billion, as exports fell slightly while imports rose by $600 million. The monthly data suggests that tariffs...

The Tariffs Are Working

December 04, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Since January, the Trump administration has implemented five major tariff policies, on the solar panel, washing machine, steel, and aluminum industries, as well as the so-called Section 301 tariffs affecting $250 billion worth of Chinese imports, chiefly in intermediate manufactured goods.

Why Tariffs Are Not Raising Prices

December 04, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

It’s now eight months after the first set of Trump administration tariffs went into effect, and so far the much-feared economic costs of tariffs have yet to appear.

White Paper: Measuring the Impact of the Steel Tariffs on the US Economy

November 27, 2018

By Jeff Ferry and Steven L. Byers

CPA Economic Model Shows Steel Tariffs Have Created Jobs

November 27, 2018

By Jeff Ferry and Steven L Byers

When the Trump administration implemented tariffs on steel and aluminum in March 2018, many economists predicted job losses and consumer price hikes.

Experts Say China Telecom Diverted US Internet Traffic Through China

November 08, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Three Internet security experts have accused state-owned telecom giant China Telecom of diverting internal US Internet traffic through China.

Memo: USMCA Rules of Origin, Further Details

November 06, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

The USMCA Agreement contains rules of origin for the automotive industry that will have a wide-ranging effect on the auto industry.

US Manufacturing Resurgence is Broad-Based

November 02, 2018

By Jeff Ferry, CPA Research Director

Manufacturing employment in the US has now shown year-on-year growth of more than 250,000 employees for six consecutive months, the largest and most sustained manufacturing job growth we’ve seen since 1998.

US Trade Deficit Hits $54 Billion in September

November 02, 2018

Widening Trade Deficit Contrasts with Strong Jobs Picture, as China Trade Deficit Sets Another Record

 

The federal government’s employment report for October showed the US economy continues to perform strongly, with job growth of 250,000 in the month, including 32,000 added manufacturing jobs. Unemployment continues to be low and...

August Trade Deficit Hits $53.2 billion; China Trade Deficit Sets Another Monthly Record

October 05, 2018

New trade data from the Department of Commerce shows that America’s trade deficit continues to rise, with the August seasonally-adjusted deficit of $53.2 billion rising 6 percent above the July figure and a staggering 20 percent worse than the August 2017 figure of $44.2 billion. On a year-to-date basis,...

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