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Year in Trade 2008: Operation of the Trade Agreements Program (60th Report)

Investigation No. SRS-31
USITC Publication 4039


An outstanding resource for anyone working in or covering the field of international trade, the ITC’s The Year in Trade is one of the government’s most comprehensive reports of U.S. trade-related activities, covering major multilateral, regional, and bilateral developments.

The publication reviews U.S. international trade laws and actions under these laws in 2008, activities of the World Trade Organization (WTO), U.S. free trade agreements and negotiations, and U.S. bilateral trade relations with major trading partners.

The Year in Trade 2008 includes complete listings of antidumping, countervailing duty, safeguard, intellectual property rights infringement, and section 301 cases undertaken by the U.S. government in 2008. In addition, the 2008 report also covers:

  • the operation of the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences, the African Growth and Opportunity Act, the Andean Trade Preference Act, and the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act;

  • significant activities in the WTO, including its dispute settlement mechanism; the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development; and the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum;

  • developments in U.S. free trade agreements, including activities under the North American Free Trade Agreement; and

  • bilateral trade issues with major U.S. trading partners — the European Union, Canada, China, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Brazil, and India.

The report also provides an overview of U.S. trade in goods and services during 2008. Statistical tables highlight U.S. bilateral trade with major trading partners and trade under U.S. trade preference programs.

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Also available on CD-ROM and in print; call 202-205-2000 for more information.