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USTR, Commerce Poised To Reopen ITACs To Lobbyists In Coming Weeks

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce in the coming weeks are set to reopen the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) to federally registered lobbyists, as part of a larger administration move to partially roll back a 2010 ban preventing such lobbyists from serving on federal advisory panels.

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U.S. Steel Industry Hopes Fraying Russia Ties Will Aid Bid To End AD Suspension Deal

U.S. steel producers are urging the Department of Commerce to terminate a 15-year-old agreement with Moscow that settled a trade case against Russian imports of hot-rolled steel, and have hopes that diplomatic tension between the two countries over the crisis in Ukraine will make it more likely that their request is accepted.

Uncertainty Over India's Red Lines Clouds Future Of Trade Facilitation Deal

The continued lack of clarity over India's true motivations for blocking the implementation of the multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has left World Trade Organization members in a cloud of uncertainty over whether they will be able to salvage the deal when officials return to Geneva in September.

U.S., Canada Confirm Sept. 1-10 As Dates For TPP Hanoi Meeting

The U.S. and Canadian governments have confirmed that the next Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators' meeting will take place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, as previously reported by Inside U.S. Trade.

Digital Privacy Group Claims Widespread Violations Of U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

A U.S. consumer privacy group has filed one of the largest-ever complaints under the U.S.-EU "Safe Harbor" data protection framework, in a move that it hopes will prod authorities in both Washington and Brussels to consistently and thoroughly scrutinize whether participating firms actually comply with the deal's rules.

USTR, Commerce Poised To Reopen Trade Advisory Panels To Lobbyists

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and the Department of Commerce in the coming weeks are set to reopen the Industry Trade Advisory Committees (ITACs) to federally registered lobbyists, as part of larger administration move to partially roll back a 2010 ban preventing such lobbyists from serving on federal advisory panels.

EU Approach To SPS 'Equivalency' In TTIP Echoes Failed Veterinary Deal

The European Commission is attempting to resurrect in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) some of the very same ideas enshrined in the failed 1998 U.S.-EU Veterinary Equivalence Agreement (VEA), raising questions about whether its proposed approach would amount to an improvement over the status quo, according to U.S. industry experts.

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  • Proposed Plurilateral Approach To TFA Could Face Significant Challenges

    Some countries, including the United States, have signaled an interest in moving ahead with the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) as a plurilateral deal. But observers say doing so could struggle to gain sufficient support from World Trade Organization members and potentially face a host of procedural obstacles regarding its legal status.

  • S. African Minister Says Bali Deal Salvageable, Downplays Missed TFA Deadline

    South African Trade Minister Rob Davies is downplaying the failure of World Trade Organization members to agree on a protocol to implement the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) before the July 31 deadline, characterizing it as another missed deadline in a long line of them that should not ultimately doom the Bali package.

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  • ITC Postpones Final Injury Decision On OCTG Imports From Nine Countries

    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) postponed until Aug. 22 its final injury determination in the trade remedy investigation of imports of oil country tubular goods (OCTGs) from South Korea and eight other countries, according to a Federal Register notice slated for publication today (Aug. 15).

  • USTR Requests Comments On Foreign Trade Barriers, Including SPS, TBT

    The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking public comments for its annual report on foreign trade barriers slated for release next year, but is breaking with past practice by simultaneously requesting input on restrictions in the form of sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures and technical barriers to trade (TBT).

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  • Digital Privacy Group Claims Widespread Violations Of U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

    A U.S. consumer privacy group has filed one of the largest-ever complaints under the U.S.-EU "Safe Harbor" data protection framework, in a move that it hopes will prod authorities in both Washington and Brussels to consistently and thoroughly scrutinize whether participating firms actually comply with the deal's rules.

  • Taiwan Works To Build 'Patent Linkage' For Drugs As Part Of TPP Bid Prep

    The Taiwanese government is in the beginning stages of trying to create a patent linkage system for marketing approval of pharmaceuticals and will establish a task force on the issue as part of an administration-wide effort to ready itself for eventual accession to a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

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