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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

US Capital Flow Management in the 1960s: The Interest Equalization Tax

February 20, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry With the introduction of the Baldwin-Hawley bill (S 2359) into the US Senate, capital flow management tools are once again an important issue.

Steel Tariffs Deliver Higher Growth, Lower Imports and Lower Prices

February 14, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist The Section 232 steel tariffs are reducing the volume of steel imported into the US, providing breathing space for the US industry, which is expanding.

Tariffs Help US 2019 Trade Deficit Fall To $617B

February 05, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry The US trade deficit in goods and services fell for the first time in six years in 2019. That’s according to US Commerce Department figures which showed our trade deficit dropped 1.7 percent to $616.8 billion in 2019.

We Need a 5G Wireless Technology Made in the USA

February 03, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist You are probably hearing a lot about 5G wireless, which is the next big thing in cellular telephone networks.

Harvard and Tampa Cancer Center Tarnished By Chinese IP Theft Scandals

January 23, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist On December 9th, Harvard cancer researcher Zaosong Zheng was boarding a Hainan Airlines flight to Beijing at Boston’s Logan Airport when US Customs officials pulled him aside to question him about his luggage.

US Trade Deficit Shrinks to Smallest in Three Years

January 08, 2020
By Steven L. Byers, PhD and Jeff Ferry The US scored the smallest trade deficit since October 2016 as tariffs slowed the flow of imports into the country.

Tariffs Are Working, to the Consternation of the Economics Profession

January 03, 2020
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist The New Year dawns on an America where many manufacturing sectors are in a state of aggressive growth.

Blog: US-China Deal Must Be Watched Closely

December 23, 2019
By David Lynn, Ph.D. President Trump is doing what no other president has ever done on trade—actually making progress as opposed to uttering empty rhetoric and finger-wagging.

Report to CPA members on the US China Phase 1 trade deal

December 13, 2019
from Michael Stumo, CEO After a call with the White House and Office of US Trade Representative regarding the US-China Phase 1 trade deal today, I would like to share what I have learned with our CPA members. 

How To Steal an Airplane

December 13, 2019
The Story of Turbine Panda By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist In April 2018, a Chinese intelligence agent named Xu Yanjun got off a plane in Brussels, Belgium and headed for St. Catherine Square, a bustling area of shops and quaint cobblestone streets.

US October Trade Deficit Reaches 18-Month Low

December 05, 2019
Trade deficit with China continues to decline By Steven L. Byers, PhD, CPA Senior Economist The US international trade deficit in goods and services fell 7.6 percent in October, to $47.2 billion, as imports declined more than exports.

OECD Corporate Tax Compromise Savaged By Multinationals in Public Meetings

November 26, 2019
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist For the past year, tempers and words have been heating up in an international war over corporate taxation. France raised the heat in the battle last year, when it announced it would levy a tax on the corporate profits of a small number of...

America’s Kitchen Cabinet Makers Support Tariffs on China Imports

November 15, 2019
Paul Wellborn is the president of the largest family-owned cabinet manufacturing company in the United States. And as he sees it, the Trump Administration’s China tariffs are working.
Tax Strategy

CPA submits opinion to OECD Tax Committee

November 13, 2019
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has proposed significant changes to the global tax system to combat profit shifting. The Coalition for a Prosperous America supports a much simpler, better, and fairer solution: Sales Factor Apportionment. The following submission was sent to the OECD on November 11th, 2019...

Steel Tariffs Are Driving US Economic Growth

November 08, 2019
By Jeff Ferry, CPA Chief Economist On October 25th, America’s largest steelmaker Nucor opened a new steel mill in Hickman, Arkansas.
Currency Misalignment

Making America Competitive Again, The Bipartisan Baldwin-Hawley Bill

November 07, 2019
By John R. Hansen, CPA Advisory Board  Executive Summary America's trade deficits, which are caused primarily by America's overvalued dollar, are eroding the American Dream of sustainably growing and equitably shared prosperity for all. By making American goods too expensive to compete with foreign goods in domestic and export markets,...

US September Trade Deficit Falls as US-China Deficit Continues to Shrink

November 05, 2019
By Steven L. Byers, PhD, CPA Senior Economist The US trade deficit in goods and services for September 2019 fell 4.7 percent or $2.6 billion, to $52.5 billion, as imports declined more than exports.
Tax Strategy

OECD Proposal Fails to Help Domestic US Manufacturers

October 09, 2019
Many in Washington look at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris to help with pressing business concerns in the global community. And recently, the OECD promised to tackle cumbersome issues related to international corporate taxation. Unfortunately, it appears that the OECD isn’t positioned to provide a...

US Trade Deficit with EU Triples in 10 Years

October 05, 2019
By Jeff Ferry and Steven Byers The US goods deficit with the European Union (EU) is on track to triple in a decade.

US Trade Deficit Increases Slightly in August

October 04, 2019
Overall trade deficit on track to exceed 2018 total, but China deficit narrowing By Steven L. Byers, PhD, CPA Senior Economist The US trade deficit in goods and services increased by 1.6 percent in August, to $54.9 billion, up $0.9 billion from $54.0 billion (revised) in July.