EBPA is pleased to feature Gary Stanley, Director of the Office of Materials Industries (OMI) in the Industry & Analysis (I&A) unit of the U.S. Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration (ITA).
Mr. Stanley, who serves as the materials industries trade policy specialist for ITA, will update the audience about the status of U.S. government negotiations on a number of trade policies that affect U.S. building materials suppliers. These include the U.S.-Canada Softwood Lumber Agreement, Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, NAFTA, and bilateral agreements with Japan, the U.K., and other key trade partners.
This is also an opportunity to provide feedback about how these policies and others affect your business. Information shared by manufactures and exporters will be included in briefing papers used by policy negotiators about issues affecting U.S. building materials.
In addition to the policy update, Mr. Stanley will share findings from ITAs 2018 Top Markets Report for U.S. Building Materials. This report includes trade data and projections about top international markets for a wide range of U.S. building materials.
Attendees will have ample time for networking with manufacturers, wholesalers, logistics coordinators, and exporters. This well attended event is an excellent way to meet business connections and learn about domestic and international market developments.
About Gary Stanley and the Department of CommerceSince 1983, Mr. Stanley has served as the senior materials industries trade policy specialist for the Commerce Department. He monitors domestic and international industry trends and competitiveness developments, and participates in trade policy discussions for issues that affect U.S. materials. In addition, Mr. Stanley works closely with the U.S. industry through the Commerce Departments Industry Trade Advisory (I&A) Committees.
Mr. Stanley oversees an office of nine industry and international trade specialists that monitor a wide range of sectors, including aluminum, building products, chemicals, forest products and steel. The office undertakes industry trade analysis, shapes U.S. trade policy, participates in trade negotiations, organizes trade promotion and facilitation programs in order to improve the global competitiveness of the U.S. materials industries. The office works with other U.S. agencies in developing public policy that advances U.S. competitiveness.
The Department of Commerce promotes job creation and economic growth by ensuring fair and reciprocal trade, providing the data necessary to support commerce and constitutional democracy, and fostering innovation by setting standards and conducting foundational research and development. Through bureaus and 46,608 employees (as of January 31, 2018) located in all 50 states, every U.S. territory, and more than 86 countries, ITA provides U.S.-based companies and entrepreneurs invaluable tools through programs such as the Decennial Census, the National Weather Service, NOAA Fisheries, and the Foreign Commercial Service.
May 29, 2018
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