Exports

CSG Midwest
When President Trump announced that he intended to levy a 25 percent tariff on imported steel, and a 10 percent tariff on imported aluminum, U.S. trade partners were surprised — and angry.  
His actions came after a U.S. Commerce Department report found that the unfair “dumping” of steel and aluminum (exporting these products to the United States at below domestic market value) by other countries was leading to plant closings and job losses. This has been deemed by the Trump administration a threat not only to domestic manufacturing, but also to national security.
At first stating that there would be no exceptions to the tariffs, Trump stepped back from that position by the time of his formal declaration. He exempted Canada (the largest exporter of steel and aluminum to the United States) and Mexico from the tariffs, at least temporarily.
For the many integrated industries in the Midwest that rely on cross-border trade, such as the auto sector, this exemption was particularly important. 

A report released last week by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) found that U.S. distillate fuel exports hit a record high in April, with 981,000 barrels per day being shipped overseas. That same government report estimated that foreign distillate imports fell to their lowest level since 1985.

You might be surprised to learn that 99 percent of all soybeans produced in Nebraska are exported to Mexico. Or that more than 8 million U.S. jobs depend on trade with Canada alone, equal to 4.4 percent of total U.S. employment - or 1 in 23 American jobs. And over the past decade, Vermont’s exports to China grew by over 4,300%.

Pennsylvania quantifies state export efforts. 

Pennsylvania’s Performance Metrics Regimen for State Export Promotion Programs: Given today’s global economy, the need to quantify state export assistance to businesses is vital, and particularly to a state that generates more than $300 million in export sales each year. The Pennsylvania Center for Trade Development developed this system to set performance standards for its field offices and to clearly illustrate the return on the state’s investment in its export assistance program.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that The Council of State Governments urges strategic and priority NEI funding allocation for the U.S. Foreign Commercial Service to reopen previously closed international offices and to provide that all international Commercial Service offices have adequate staff to service clients with 45 days of request.

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