Advocacy and Strategic Advice on U.S. and Foreign Trade and Tariff Initiatives

IBC provides its clients with advisory and advocacy services in a number of areas. Below is a list of just some of the areas where we have assisted our clients:

  • Represented clients during multiple U.S. and foreign free trade agreement negotiations. We have advocated for clients’s priorities during negotiations for Russia’s WTO accession, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA), the TransPacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), and the Korea and Colombia bilateral free trade agreements among many others. 
  • Prepared clients’ submissions for annual reports by the U.S. Trade Representative, including the National Trade Estimate on Foreign Trade Barriers (NTE) report.
  • Provided advice, research and analysis on the trade implications of foreign government measures that impose labeling, distribution and advertising restrictions on certain foods and beverages. 
  • Assisted clients in the addition to or removal of products from Canadian, Mexican and Brazilian trade retaliation initiatives.
  • Provided information and analysis on trade remedies such as antidumping, countervailing duty and safeguard actions.
  • Organized and managed “user coalitions” to oppose import duties on raw materials.
  • Advised clients on the impact of regional trade agreements on their sourcing decisions.
  • Prepared petitions and testimony to add, remove or maintain products on the list of items receiving duty-free treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).
  • Assisted clients in identifying deliverables and prepared working papers for the inaugural Americas Business Dialogue (ABD).
  • Prepared input from clients on the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).