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International Trade Agency Chief Named

President Trump announced on 11 April his intention to nominate Gilbert B. Kaplan as under secretary of commerce for international trade. In this position Kaplan would head the DOC’s International Trade Administration, which plays a role in both trade enforcement (e.g., trade remedy actions such as antidumping and countervailing duty orders) and trade promotion (e.g., foreign-trade zones and export expansion).

A White House press release touts Kaplan’s experience in trade remedy law in both the public and private sectors. Most recently he was a partner in the international trade group of a law firm, where he “filed and won the first ever successful United States” CV cases against mainland China. He previously served as deputy assistant secretary and the first acting assistant secretary of commerce for import administration, where he supervised more than 500 trade remedy cases and was a key negotiator of the U.S.-Japan Semiconductor Agreement. Earlier in his career he headed Commerce’s Office of Investigations, where he was in charge of day-to-day trade remedy law administration.

The press release notes that Kaplan is also the co-founder of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, “the first and only university program in the country focusing on what public policy actions should be taken to revitalize United States manufacturing.”

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