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International Trade Agency Head Steps Down

Monday, September 23, 2019
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

Gil Kaplan has reportedly resigned as under secretary of commerce for international trade after 18 months on the job. Kaplan served as head of the International Trade Administration, where among other things he oversaw (a) the Enforcement and Compliance unit that enforces U.S. antidumping, countervailing, and other trade remedy laws and (b) the Industry and Analysis unit that has had a leading role in the Trump administration’s Section 232 investigations of steel, aluminum, and automobiles and auto parts.

Earlier in his career Kaplan served as first president of the Committee to Support U.S. Trade Laws following senior leadership positions in the U.S. government, including deputy assistant secretary for import administration at the Department of Commerce. In that position he was a key negotiator of the U.S.-Japan Agreement on Trade in Semiconductors; supervised the President’s Steel Program, the U.S.-Canada agreement on lumber, and the machine tool program; and was the administration’s primary spokesman and negotiator on AD, CV, and Section 232 legislation.

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