The Byrd in your hand is not worth what you think

In late December 2005, the US Congress did something that few trade experts or Latin American governments expected: it took an important step toward repealing the Byrd Amendment, the controversial law that permits US companies to collect duties imposed on unfairly traded imports. But, argues Gregory Spak, a partner in Washington, DC in White & Case LLP’s international trade group, while the move is positive, the Byrd affair is just a distraction from the real issue: the US unfair trade laws.

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