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WTO Panel Faults China Over GOES Implementation After China Lifts Duties

A World Trade Organization compliance panel late last week largely upheld U.S. claims in a fight with China over 2013 trade remedy duties imposed on U.S. exports of grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES). It faulted China for failure to provide sufficient evidence that GOES imports from the U.S. forced down prices for this steel in China and to show that U.S. exports caused injury to the domestic Chinese industry.  

Robb Says U.S. Has Made Offer On Sugar; Two Sides Looking At Options

LAHAINA, Hawaii – After years of holding back, the United States has finally made an initial offer to Australia to provide additional access for Australian sugar under a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and the two sides are now engaged in a negotiation to try and bridge the gaps between their positions, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said here Wednesday (July 29).

Customs Negotiations Aim At Avoiding Floor Debate; MTB One Hang-Up

Trade staffers for the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees are aiming to hash out their differences on the pending customs and enforcement bill prior to the initiation of formal conference proceedings in order to avoid triggering a debate on the legislation on the House floor, according to congressional sources.

Senate Attaches Ex-Im To Highway Bill, But Fate In House Still Uncertain

Supporters of the Export-Import Bank are cheering the 64-29 vote in the Senate attaching an amendment reauthorizing bank to a pending highway bill, even though it's unclear whether the House will actually take up the entire legislative package before the August recess.

Taiwan Caves, Says It Will Accept ITA Deal Without Flat-Panel Displays

Taiwan on Monday (July 27) said it will accept the tentative deal expanding the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), dropping its demands to have flat-panel displays included in the deal.

State Trafficking Report Upgrades Malaysia, Removing Roadblock For TPP

The State Department has removed Malaysia from its annually updated blacklist of countries that most egregiously fail to combat human trafficking, smoothing the process for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite an outcry from human rights advocates in Washington and Kuala Lumpur.

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  • Trade staffers for the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees are aiming to hash out their differences on the pending customs and enforcement bill prior to the initiation of formal conference proceedings in order to avoid triggering a debate on the legislation on the House floor, according to congressional sources.

  • Supporters of the Export-Import Bank are cheering the 64-29 vote in the Senate attaching an amendment reauthorizing bank to a pending highway bill, even though it's unclear whether the House will actually take up the entire legislative package before the August recess.

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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are discussing the idea of holding their next ministerial in conjunction with the Aug. 22-25 meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, of trade ministers from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its trading partners, but have not yet made a decision about whether to do so, sources said.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii – The Australian sugar industry is pushing for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal to grant U.S. market access for as much as 750,000 metric tons of sugar -- a massive jump from current levels -- under a complex price-based system that Australian producers contend would not undermine the U.S. sugar program.