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June 1, 2018

June 2018

Remembering The Fallen On Memorial Day It was a gray Memorial Day here in your Nation’s Capital; weather perhaps reflective of the somber occasion. The holiday found the FTZine staff in Gettysburg, site of Robert E. Lee’s bold incursion above the Mason-Dixon Line and one of the bloodiest battles in American history. There we captured the solemn scene above with […]
May 1, 2018

May 2018

The Fast And The Furious, As Applied To Trade: Trade negotiations are taking place at a furious pace here in DC in advance of the May 1, 2018 expiration of the aluminum and steel tariff exemptions. No less than the heads of state of Germany, Japan, and France have come to the United States to meet directly with President Trump […]
April 5, 2018

April 2018

Is the Cold in Washington On Its Way Out Or In? The cherry blossoms are out (and looking beautiful, we must say) in your Nation’s Capital, which is usually a sure sign that Spring and warmer weather are finally here. On the trade front however, warmth is less easy to find. Diplomatic expulsions and the imposition of a historic number […]
March 1, 2018

March 2018

MTB, MTB, Where Art Thou? Stuck in the Senate, my true love. Many U.S. manufacturers had pinned hopes of tariff relief on the new process for passing a Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) in Congress.  The last successful MTB was passed over 8 years ago and expired in 2012.  Since then, the MTB has had a storyline that reads like a Shakespearean […]