Washington DC International Free Trade Agreements Lawyer
Stewart and Stewart
Free Trade Agreements
Today, there are a multitude of trade agreements in existence. The World Trade Organization (WTO), bilateral free trade agreements (FTAs), regional free trade agreements (e.g., NAFTA, TPP), customs unions (e.g., European Union, MERCOSUR), and other trade agreements all seek to liberalize trade and establish the conduct of trade in goods and services. While trade agreements seek to provide increased opportunities to their members, the sheer number of trade agreements has also made importing and exporting more complex and created challenges for companies and workers.
Stewart and Stewart can help its clients understand the rules they may be subject to and devise strategies to maximize the benefits of existing and pending trade agreements, as well as identifying problems from provisions for companies and workers. With an in-depth knowledge of existing trade agreements and U.S. legislation, our legal and Government Relations teams can assist our clients in evaluating the opportunities provided and challenges raised by trade agreements and negotiations. Our team can provide a variety of services related to trade agreements, including:
- identifying eligibility criteria and other requirements for obtaining preferential treatment under existing trade agreements;
- working to protect rights granted under trade agreements through dispute settlement mechanisms;
- promoting clients’ interests during trade agreement negotiations;
- working with the Administration and Congress in developing implementing legislation; and
- advising clients on the opportunities and challenges presented by bilateral and plurilateral agreements negotiated by other countries.
Our knowledge of trade agreements and U.S. trade laws enables us to help our clients utilize the benefits provided under trade agreements and address problems as they arise. Stewart and Stewart provides support to individual companies, trade associations, workers, and trade coalitions as they navigate international trade rules and face the opportunities and challenges presented by a global economy.
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