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.

Research Articles

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.