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[Excerpt] The 112th Congress has a full legislative and oversight agenda on international trade. The agenda so far has included approval of legislation to implement free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea, and may take up enhanced enforcement of U.S. trade agreements, as well as Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and Permanent Normal Trade Relations (PNTR) status, oversight of the World Trade Organization’s Doha Round, and trade relations with China. This report provides information and context for many of these topics. It is intended to assist members and staff who may be new to trade issues.

This report is divided into four sections in a question-and-answer format: trade concepts; U.S. trade performance; formulation of U.S. trade policy; and trade and investment issues. Additional suggested readings are provided in an appendix.


Suggested Citation
Hornbeck, J. F. (2012). Trade primer: Qs and As on trade concepts, performance, and policy. Washington, DC: Congressional Research Service.