Tariff Escalation: A Timeline, and More from CRS

08.03.18 | 2 min read | Text by Steven Aftergood

The Trump Administration has moved aggressively to impose tariffs and other restrictions on foreign imports, “but it is unclear what specific outcomes the Administration is seeking,” according to the Congressional Research Service.

“Increasing U.S. tariffs or imposing other import restrictions through these laws potentially opens the United States to complaints that it is violating its WTO and free trade agreement (FTA) commitments,” CRS said. Meanwhile, retaliation by other countries “may be amplifying the potential negative effects of the U.S. tariff measures.”

A new CRS publication provides “a timeline of key events related to each U.S. trade action, as well as the range of potential trade volumes affected by the U.S. tariffs and U.S. trading partners’ retaliations.” See Escalating Tariffs: Timeline and Potential ImpactCRS Insight, July 31, 2018.

Other new and timely publications from the Congressional Research Service include the following.

The World Trade Organization (WTO): U.S. Participation at Risk?CRS Insight, July 31, 2018

U.S.-China Trade IssuesCRS In Focus, August 2, 2018

Taiwan: Select Political and Security IssuesCRS In Focus, July 31, 2018

Mexico’s Immigration Control EffortsCRS In Focus, August 1, 2018

Family Separation at the Border and the Ms. L. LitigationCRS Legal Sidebar, July 31, 2018

Pipeline Safety: Overdue Statutory MandatesCRS Insight, July 27, 2018

Wildfire StatisticsCRS In Focus, August 2, 2018

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and EducationCRS In Focus, August 1, 2018

Iran’s Ballistic Missile and Space Launch ProgramsCRS In Focus, August 1, 2018

North Korea: U.S. Relations, Nuclear Diplomacy, and Internal Situation, July 27, 2018

North Korea’s Nuclear and Ballistic Missile ProgramsCRS In Focus, August 2, 2018