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ITC Review Of Mexican Sugar Deals Hinges On Legal Standard, Industry Definition

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will likely weigh three critical factors in determining whether the deals reached last year to suspend antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases against Mexican sugar imports completely eliminate the injurious effects to the U.S. sugar industry, according to private-sector sources.

Corrected: USTR Says U.S, Two Other TPP Countries Meeting On GIs In Mexico

Intellectual property (IP) negotiators from the United States and two other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are holding a small group meeting this week in Mexico, where their discussions are focused on geographical indications (GIs), according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Kirk, Manchin Announce Ex-Im Bill; Say It Would Meet House GOP Demands

Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have announced they plan to soon introduce a bill with other senators to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank that they believe would pass the Senate and also meet demands by House Republicans to reform the agency.

Finance Postpones TPA Placeholder Hearing; Hatch, Wyden Still At Odds On Bill

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has opted to postpone indefinitely a hearing on the trade agenda slated for Thursday (Feb. 26) that was intended as a placeholder for a hearing on a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill he had hoped to unveil this week.

Brown Introduces Bill To Expand TAA Benefits; Insists On Moving With TPA

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Wednesday (Feb. 25) introduced a bill to expand the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program in order to provide retraining and other benefits to service sector workers and employees who lose their jobs due to imports from countries that are not U.S. free trade partners.

TPP Negotiators Settle On Big Island Venue For Hawaii Informal Round

An informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round slated to take place March 9-15 in Hawaii will be held at the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa on the Big Island, according to informed sources.

World Trade Organization

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  • The World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) has established a panel to rule on the European Union's claims that a new round of tax breaks provided by Washington state to Boeing amount to prohibited local content subsidies under the Agreement on Subsidies and Countervailing Measures (ASCM) -- the latest salvo by Brussels in the longstanding fight over subsidies both sides provided to their respective makers of large civil aircraft.

  • The European Union has opened a new chapter in the long-standing fight with the United States over subsidies each side provides to its respective manufacturers for the development of large civil aircraft by seeking a dispute settlement panel in the World Trade Organization over a new round of tax breaks provided to Boeing by Washington state.

Around the World

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  • Sens. Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) have announced they plan to soon introduce a bill with other senators to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank that they believe would pass the Senate and also meet demands by House Republicans to reform the agency.

  • A group of House Democrats led by Financial Services Ranking Member Maxine Waters (D-CA) on Wednesday (Feb. 25) introduced legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank that lays out their opening position for potential negotiations with Republicans to craft a bipartisan bill before the bank's charter expires on June 30.

FTA Central

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  • Intellectual property (IP) negotiators from the United States and two other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are holding a small group meeting this week in Mexico, where their discussions are focused on geographical indications (GIs), according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler on Thursday (Feb. 26) signaled that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting sources say is planned for mid-April has not been finalized, and that its timing will depend on how much progress negotiators make at an informal round taking place March 9-15 in Hawaii.