By Jennifer Diaz|2021-07-22T09:13:13-04:00July 21, 2021|Brazil, Canada, China, Countries, COVID-19, Cuba, Export, Import, International Trade, Iran, Mexico, Speaking, Supply Chain, Trade Policy, U.S Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), U.S. Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), USMCA, Vietnam|0 Comments
Background on Section 301 Digital Service Taxes
In 2020, the United States Trade Representative (“USTR”) initiated Section 301 investigations with respect to certain Digital Service Taxes (“DSTs”) being adopted or under consideration by a number of countries. DSTs are taxes on revenues that certain companies generate from providing certain digital services to users in those jurisdictions. According to USTR, available evidence suggests that DSTs are expected to target large, U.S.-based technology companies.
Section 301 of the U.S. Trade Act of 1974 authorizes the President to take all appropriate action including tariff-based and non-tariff-based retaliation to obtain the removal of any act, policy, or practice of a foreign government that violates an international trade agreement or is unjustified, unreasonable, or discriminatory, and that burdens or restricts U.S. commerce.
Co-Authored by Sharath Patil
The 2020 election is one for the record books. At the time of this writing, states have adapted at least in part to mail-in voting systems and voter turnout is booming despite the ongoing public health emergency. There’s another less obvious reason why the 2020 election is unique: it may be the first election in which U.S. trade policy has been a key issue on the debate stage. What does Trump’s record on trade look like? How do Trump and Biden’s trade platforms compare? We will discuss each of these issues, in turn.