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"N.C. manufacturers mull strategy after Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from TPP"

Triangle Business Journal

February 7, 2017

The Triangle Business Journal spoke with Nexsen Pruet attorney David Robinson for an article on January 25, 2017, "N.C. manufacturers mull strategy after Trump announces U.S. withdrawal from TPP." Reporter Lauren Ohnesorge asked for Robinson's insights on how President Trump's decision regarding TPP may impact businesses in the Tarheel state.

An excerpt:

David Robinson, an international trade lawyer based in Raleigh, holds the title of honorary consul for Japan. He cautions that, since the treaty hadn’t been in effect, there’s no immediate impact on businesses in the state from the withdrawal... 

“If the Trump administration believes we can do better than TPP, then the onus is on them to prove it," he says, adding that, if Trump creates a void in Pacific trade, that’s 40 percent of the world’s economy. And that means Trump needs to be prepared to “fill it very quickly.”

Read the full article from the Triangle Business Journal here.

 The article also discusses how large Japanese employers in the Triangle area could be affected by this turn of events.


David Robinson currently serves as the Honorary Consul for Japan in North Carolina.  As an attorney, he helps global businesses integrate corporate compliance and operational programs into subsidiary operations, facilitate the transfer of personnel among operations, comply with export control and boycott regulations, and negotiate commercial and joint venture relationships. 

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