International Trade

International trade disputes often require specialized economic expertise. Compass Lexecon economists have experience in complex international trade cases, providing advice and independent testimony on issues related to international trade and commerce disputes for both domestic and foreign corporations as well as governments.

Our approach to international trade matters combines state-of-the-art quantitative methods with the highest level of analytical rigor. Applying economic analysis to support relevant legal arguments, Compass Lexecon experts assess the economic and competitive effects in the marketplace of corporate and government actions and trade practices. We contribute practical experience with a wide range of specific industry knowledge—from agricultural products (including lumber) to industrial parts (including steel and automobiles) to high technology (including telecommunications hardware and software).

Compass Lexecon economists also have substantial expertise on local economy and market conditions in many major economies around the world. With 400 professional staff located across 17 offices, our experts combine rigorous economic analyses with deep understanding of business norms and historical context associated with the locale at issue that are crucial to help clients navigate challenges in international disputes.

We analyze firm- and market-level data to assess the injury and causation analyses in response to claims of subsidies, dumping, and unfair competition. We provide analysis and testimony regarding Section 337 unfair practice claims, focusing on domestic industry definition and the competitive and public interest implications of exclusion remedies. We also produce studies of the economic effects of U.S. and foreign trade policies on domestic industries’ comparable and competitive advantage. Our economists have testified or submitted testimony before the USITC and the WTO.

We have expertise in the following areas:

  • Antidumping
  • Subsidies and countervailing duties
  • Section 337 cases
  • Trade remedies – including Section 201 cases
  • Actions under protections provided by free trade agreements (such as NAFTA and EFTA) and multilateral trade agreements – including expropriation cases