White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro recently delivered to Congress a list of model trade agreement elements.
Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS), a Finance Committee member and the chairman of the Agriculture Committee last week entered the list into the record during the confirmation hearing for Robert Lighthizer, President Trump's nominee for U.S. Trade Representative. In doing so he said Navarro “read to us the administration's marching orders for trade. They had four goals and 13 policy objectives. Since that meeting, the list has now grown to 24.”
Here's the list (via World Trade Online). I have highlighted the elements that are obviously free trade restrictive.
1. Rules of Origin Percentages & Loopholes
2.Trade Deficit Reduction
3. Dumping, Diversionary Dumping, and Evasion of AD/CVD Duties
4. Currency Manipulation
5. Strict Environmental and Labor Standards
6. Intellectual Property Protection
7. Restrictions on State-owned and State-financed Enterprises.
8. Investor State Dispute Resolution
9. Chapter 19
10. Non-Tariff Barriers
11. Government Procurement
12. Joint Cooperation on Issues Related to the WTO
13. Enforcement, Monitoring, and Compliance
15. Country of Origin Labeling
16. Evasion of Antidumping and Countervailing Duties
17. Forced technology transfer
18. Geographical indications to restrict trade
20. Phytosanitary standards
21. Processed foods
23. Tax rebates on exports
24. Technology transfers
The highlighted elements should play no role in trade agreements. There really shouldn't be any government trade negotiations but the highlighted areas are the most intrusive. And, for starters, should be taken off the list.