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Biography for Mara Lee

Mara Lee, Associate Editor, is a reporter for International Trade Today and its sister publications Export Compliance Daily and Trade Law Daily. She joined the Warren Communications News staff in early 2018, after covering health policy, Midwestern Congressional delegations, and the Connecticut economy, insurance and manufacturing sectors for the Hartford Courant, the nation’s oldest continuously published newspaper (established 1674). Before arriving in Washington D.C. to cover Congress in 2005, she worked in Ohio, where she witnessed fervent presidential campaigning every four years.

Recent Articles by Mara Lee

Civil Society, Business Have Few Overlaps in Forced Labor Comments

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative heard from business groups, businesses that offer traceability solutions and civil society groups, 45 in all, on how to shape a forced labor strategy -- but their views diverged strongly on what the approach should be.Read More >>

Comments Split on Solar Circumvention Duty Pause; Majority Support It

About quarter of the comments on how to implement an executive order on possible anti-circumvention duties on solar panel and cell imports say that the executive order is illegal or, at best, legally strained, and that Commerce cannot waive duty collections because that is contrary to its mission to protect domestic manufacturing through trade remedies.Read More >>

Some Business Interests Support EV Supply Chain Restrictions

As automakers lobby for a longer phase-in for requirements regarding North American content in EV batteries and sourcing of critical minerals, some trade groups are saying that stretch goals -- along with government funding in the Inflation Reduction Act -- are what's needed to create a new supply chain outside of China.Read More >>

Panel Must Decide If USMCA Implies There's Only One Way to Calculate Vehicle RVC

The dispute panel grappled with what Mexico characterized as "the heart of the dispute" in its second day of a hearing about whether Canada and Mexico or the U.S. is right about one aspect of the complex USMCA auto rules of origin.Read More >>

First Day of USMCA Dispute Panel Hearing Raises Questions About Future of Auto Manufacturing

Dispute panelists chosen by the U.S., Canada and Mexico grappled with whether Mexico and Canada should have understood the implications of how core parts origination could be established as they negotiated the language in the automotive annex and the standard rules of origin chapter in the USMCA.Read More >>