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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
The Urge to Merge
In case you have not heard (which is a fancy way of saying that I am catching up on this), the President wants congressional authority to merge several key trade-related functions into a single agency. Most of these are not enforcement agencies and, therefore, do not show up in this blog space often. On the other hand, they are trade promotion agencies. The agencies under consideration for merger are:
U.S. Department of Commerce’s core business and trade functions The Small Business Administration
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative
The Export-Import Bank
The Overseas Private Investment Corporation
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency.
Here is the White House fact sheet on the proposal. I do not know whether Commerce's "core business and trade functions" include Import Administration and, therefore, dumping and countervailing duty cases.