About the Washington Trade Report
The weekly Washington Trade Report and the associated information on CENTRAL are produced by Washington Trade Reports, a firm that has provided research and analytical support to the trade policy community since 1985. The firm provides analytical services to international organizations, governments, and private firms, as well as capacity-building services to government officials, international organizations, and the private sector. Clients have included the World Trade Organization, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, the InterAmerican Development Bank, and United Nations agencies; governments in the Americas, Asia, Europe, and Africa; and private firms in the United States and Canada.
The Washington Trade Report is now in its 28th year of publication, and its three principal writers collectively share over seven decades of experience in this field.
“Craig VanGrasstek,” according to The Economist (January 22, 2000, page 31), “keeps a sharp eye on the politics of trade.” He received his doctorate in Politics from Princeton University in 1997, and holds the degree of Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University (1983). He has taught trade policy at the Harvard Kennedy School since 2000, served on the faculty of the American University’s School of International Service during 1994-2001, and teaches courses in specialized programs in Barcelona and Berne. Dr. VanGrasstek is the author (with Stephen Lande) of The Trade and Tariff Act of 1984: Trade Policy in the Reagan Administration (Lexington, Massachusetts: Lexington Books, 1986), as well as numerous book chapters, journal articles, and monographs about trade policy.
Janet VanGrasstek is a journalist with 27 years of experience in the field. A graduate of Drew University (1980), she received her Master of Science in Foreign Service degree from Georgetown University in 1983. From 1984-1985 she was a writer for American Interests, a half-hour television show dedicated to foreign policy produced for WETA TV. After a brief stint with Inside Washington Publishers she left to found Washington Trade Reports in 1985.
Laura Fraedrich is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP and represents clients in the United States and abroad in a broad range of international trade matters. She advises and represents clients with respect to all U.S. regimes related to economic sanctions and export control, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations, the Export Administration Regulations, and embargoes administered by the Office of Foreign Assets Control. She also represents importers in all types of U.S. customs matters, including ruling requests, prior disclosures, protests, penalties, seizures, liquidated damages, and audits covering classification, valuation, country of origin, and trade preference issues. She has represented clients in all phases of antidumping and countervailing duty investigations and reviews, regularly counsels clients with respect to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, represents their interests before U.S. enforcement agencies, and handles matters in front of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.