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Perc�s Perspective on First Quarter 2017 GDP
Perc�s Perspective on First Quarter 2017 GDP
The advance estimate for gross domestic product (GDP) growth from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA) came in at 0.7 percent for the first quarter of 2017. This is a slow start to the year for the economy, but according to Plastics Industry Asso...
Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Made Permanent, U.S. Allies Retaliate
Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Made Permanent, U.S. Allies Retaliate
After more than a two-month suspension where the countries negotiated for permanent exemptions, the Trump Administration ultimately decided to move forward with its plan to place tariffs on steel and aluminum imports originating from its strongest trad...
EPA Proposes Further Delay in Implementation of Risk Management Program Rule Amendments
EPA Proposes Further Delay in Implementation of Risk Management Program Rule Amendments
On April 3, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed to further delay the effective date of amendments to the �Accidental Release Prevention Requirements: Risk Management Programs under the Clean Air Act.��
PERCspective: Latest Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Provide Clues for Plastics
PERCspective: Latest Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization Provide Clues for Plastics
Industrial production increased 0.2 percent in July�a 2.2 percent increase from July last year, according to the latest report from the Federal Reserve. The manufacturing output of plastics products actually edged down 0.8 percent when compared to June...
Industry Input Requested in Duty Relief Petition
Industry Input Requested in Duty Relief Petition
The American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 (the Act) has established a new process for the submission and consideration of petitions for temporary duty suspensions and reductions.�Under the Act, Congress has tasked the U.S. International Tr...
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
Trump Administration Requests Comments of Trade Agreement Violations and Abuses
The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and Department of Commerce (DOC) are seeking comments by July 31 on trade agreement violations and abuses by countries included in U.S. trade agreements as well as in all World Trade Organizat...