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Fall Session Offers Ex-Im Vehicles, But GOP Dynamics Pose Obstacle

The fall congressional session that kicks off next week will provide a slew of must-pass legislative vehicles to which supporters of the lapsed Export-Import Bank may seek to attach a reauthorization, but private-sector sources said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may be less inclined to attach Ex-Im to these proposals so as not to worsen his already-strained ties with House conservatives.

Peru Says Next TPP Ministerial Not Set; Hints At Flexibility On Biologics

Peru's trade minister said Tuesday (Sept. 1) that no date has been set for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial but that she expects it to take place in the next few months, while her deputy held open the possibility that Peru may ultimately agree to some level of monopoly protection for biologic drugs in TPP even though its current domestic law does not provide for any.

Trumka Renews Call For Clinton To Take Position On TPP While Withholding AFL-CIO Stance

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week pressed for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to take a firm position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while simultaneously making it clear that the labor federation is withholding judgment on the deal's merits until it comes to a conclusion.

Australian Sugar Industry Signals Flexibility In Amount, Form Of TPP Access

Australia's sugar industry is making clear that it wants a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal to provide significant new access to the U.S. market that would enable it to take advantage of projected future growth in U.S. sugar import needs, but is signaling flexibility on the exact amount of market access and the mechanism to deliver it.

Commerce Launches AD, CVD Investigations Into Hot-Rolled Steel Imports

The Commerce Department on Tuesday (Sept. 1) announced that it will investigate allegations that imports of hot-rolled steel from seven countries are unfairly traded, with petitioners arguing that Commerce should impose antidumping (AD) duties ranging from 16.15 to 197.41 percent.

Major WTO Economies Set To Meet Sept. 15-16 In Geneva To Discuss Doha Prospects

Senior officials from seven key World Trade Organization members -- the United States, European Union, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Australia -- will meet in Geneva Sept. 15-16 to discuss what possible outcomes from the Doha Round could be achieved by the December ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Doha negotiations themselves remain deadlocked, according to informed sources.

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  • Senior officials from seven key World Trade Organization members -- the United States, European Union, Brazil, Japan, China, India and Australia -- will meet in Geneva Sept. 15-16 to discuss what possible outcomes from the Doha Round could be achieved by the December ministerial meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, as the Doha negotiations themselves remain deadlocked, according to informed sources.

  • The United States for the first time has laid out detailed arguments for why a draft European Union law allowing member states to ban imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) could run afoul of World Trade Organization rules, but some private-sector trade law experts say that the basis for the U.S. charge is fundamentally flawed.

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  • Peru's trade minister said Tuesday (Sept. 1) that no date has been set for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial but that she expects it to take place in the next few months, while her deputy held open the possibility that Peru may ultimately agree to some level of monopoly protection for biologic drugs in TPP even though its current domestic law does not provide for any.

  • AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week pressed for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to take a firm position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while simultaneously making it clear that the labor federation is withholding judgment on the deal's merits until it comes to a conclusion.