US Trade Policy

18.05.2021 Lisa McAuley

In the first 100 days of the Biden Presidency, his administration has acted in ways that indicate a significant amount of continuity in trade policy with the previous administration. Tariffs and technology restrictions initiated by the Trump administration remain in place, as does the block on the WTO Appellate Body, while the new United States Trade Representative has highlighted a need for trade to serve workers, rather than globalized firms seeking to arbitrage labor costs. On the other hand, Biden has expressed the importance of a rules-based order and multilateralism, marking a distinct break from the unilateralist world of Trump. What then, is the likely path to be charted by Biden’s trade policy?

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