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Identifying the Problem
What is the problem?
What policy measures are at issue?
How does the problem relate to trade?
How important is the trade problem?  Is it worth our time?

Assuming this problem requires legitimate government action:

  • Do we need to invoke an action under existing domestic law?

  • Do we need to change a domestic law or regulation?

Do we need to request some type of action from a foreign government?

Can we use domestic trade laws or international trade rules to solve the problem?

  • What domestic trade laws or international trade rules are applicable?

Analyzing the Issue at HOME and ABROAD

What are the commercial interests related to the problem?
How does the problem affect the petitioning industry or firmís revenues, costs, profits, wages and employment and growth prospects?
How does the problem affect other industries or firms?
What is the economic impact of the problem at home, including its effect on prices, trade, production, productivity, wages and consumer welfare?

What domestic policy issues does the problem touch upon?

  • What policy areas would be affected by any actions to solve the trade problem?

  • What specific policy objectives would be impacted?

  • What alternative policy measures are available to achieve these objectives?

What are the domestic politics of the problem?
What domestic institutional factors must we consider?

What does the public think about this problem? 

  • Does public opinion play a role in the problem or any attempts to solve the problem?

  • Has the media covered the problem?

  • Is the press likely to cover efforts to solve the problem?

Overall, what information are we missing in order to better analyze the problem and look towards a solution?