On April 19, 2018, Integration Point held a free webcast on “Navigating Global FTA Challenges and Uncertainty.” We discussed the historical background of free trade agreements (FTAs), the difficulties companies face in managing FTAs, and a trade professional’s perspective on how PolyOne Corporation leverages a global FTA strategy. Our speakers – George Weise, former U.S. Commissioner of Customs, and Lila Landis, Senior Manager of Global Trade at PolyOne Corporation – will answer them here.

Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump slapped tariffs of 25% on steel imports and 10% on imported aluminum, but granted allies a temporary exemption until yesterday, May 1, 2018.

The tariffs are part of a push to tighten access to the U.S. market for politically sensitive imports. President Trump also said they were intended to bring countries to the negotiating table to address what he sees as unfair imbalances in trade.