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Inside U.S. Trade - 08/26/2011

Biden Remarks On Export Control Reform Inflate Benefits For China

Vice President Joe Biden this week overstated the degree to which the administration's export control reform initiative will benefit China by moving items that are now classified as weapons under the U.S. Munitions List (USML) to the Commerce Control List (CCL), according to an informed source.1201 words

Korean Assembly Unlikely To Act On FTA In Special Session Ahead Of U.S.

The Korean National Assembly appears likely to close out its August special session next week without having taken any action toward ratifying the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, a signal that despite earlier claims to the contrary, it is still waiting for the U.S. Congress to act first, observers said.942 words

Groups Vow To Fight USDA Proposal To Allow Raw Brazilian Beef Imports

Rancher and consumer health groups are preparing to intensify their opposition to a forthcoming proposal from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that would allow chilled and frozen raw beef from 14 Brazilian states to enter the U.S. market. They warn this would risk introducing foot-and-and mouth disease (FMD) into the U.S. and increase the threat of E. coli outbreaks here.1545 words

EU Fights To Ensure EU-Canada FTA Rules Of Origin Do Not Benefit U.S.

Rules of origin have emerged as a major sticking point in negotiations for a Canada-European Union free trade agreement, with the EU insisting that such rules must be narrowly crafted to ensure that U.S. companies do not benefit from the deal, and Canada insisting that broader rules are necessary to make the deal commercially meaningful.1141 words

USTR: U.S. Facing Resistance On TPP SOE Proposal From Other Countries

The proposal the United States is developing to discipline state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and state-supported enterprises (SSEs) as part of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) final deal is facing strong resistance from some TPP negotiating partners, according to a senior U.S. trade official.458 words

Hatch Blasts Trade Reorganization, Calls On Obama To Submit FTAs

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT) this week demanded that President Obama brief him on plans to reorganize government agencies handling trade before he announces them to the public while simultaneously blasting the idea of incorporating the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative into a larger agency.718 words

Union Demand To Probe Colombian Misuse Of U.S. Aid Faces Obstacles

A demand this week by two prominent U.S. unions that a House intelligence panel launch an investigation into whether the administration of former Colombian President Alvaro Uribe misused U.S. government assets and assistance to undermine the interests of workers, labor leaders and union activists appears unlikely to gain traction, for two reasons.708 words

USTR Objects To Vietnam's Trade-Restrictive Measures, Urges Alternatives

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is pushing Vietnam to abandon several policies that it has put in place to deal with problems of rising inflation and a rising current account deficit and institute alternative policies that may be less detrimental to U.S. exports, according to a senior U.S. trade official.994 words

WTO Appellate Body Broadcasts First Hearing On Appeal Of Boeing Panel

The World Trade Organization's Appellate Body this week broadcast in Geneva the first of two hearings in the U.S. and European Union appeal of a panel decision that the U.S. government provided subsidies to Boeing to such an extent as to cause rival jet maker Airbus to lose sales and accept price cuts for its planes.781 words

At FTA Commission, U.S. Presses Chile On Brand Name Drug Protections

The United States this month again pressed Chile to strengthen the system by which patent owners can challenge the approval of allegedly infringing generic pharmaceuticals to be sold in that market, and its protection of test data used to demonstrate the safety and efficacy of drugs against use by generic companies, according to a U.S. trade official.1179 words

EU Joins Japan In Challenging Canadian Energy Law; U.S. Still Third Party

The European Union earlier this month joined Japan in launching a challenge at the World Trade Organization (WTO) of a Canadian green energy law that favors local over foreign content, but there are no indications that the United States will do more than remain a third party to the Japanese challenge, according to informed sources.793 words

U.S., EU Flesh Out Arguments On Boeing Subsidies Before Appellate Body

The United States and the European Union last week urged the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body to revise, albeit in completely different ways, a panel ruling that U.S. federal, state and local governments provided subsidies to aircraft maker Boeing to the detriment of its principal rival, European plane maker Airbus.1715 words

Guatemala Rejects U.S. Vote To Investigate Environmental Case Under CAFTA

Guatemalan Economy Minister Luis Velasquez last week blasted a decision by the United States in June to initiate an investigation under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) into an allegation that Guatemala failed to effectively enforce its environmental laws when it extended a contract for oil development on protected lands without securing the necessary environmental permissions.918 words

Report Finds Big Manufacturing Trade Shift, As China Moves Into High Tech

The last decade has witnessed a massive shift in global manufacturing trade patterns, with China moving past the U.S. to become the world's top exporter of manufactured goods while simultaneously moving aggressively from low-skill to investment-intensive, high-technology production, according to a new report by the Manufacturers Alliance.260 words

Private Sector Praises Biden Message To China, But Expects Few Quick Results

Private-sector sources this week praised Vice President Joe Biden's message that both the United States and China have to lower barriers to trade and investment, but said the Chinese government is unlikely to make any drastic moves in terms of opening up its financial services industry until the U.S. and European Union economies start posting more robust economic growth rates.422 words

U.S. Agriculture Groups Express Support For Nunes SPS Legislation

Forty-seven U.S. agriculture groups on Aug. 16 sent a letter to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) expressing their support for legislation that Nunes introduced in late July intended to establish negotiating objectives for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures.292 words

Chaffetz Announces He Will Not Pursue Challenge To Hatch's Senate Seat

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), a second-term congressman and member of the "Tea Party," this week announced he will not go after the Senate seat of Finance Committee Ranking Member Orrin Hatch (R-UT), a move that Chaffetz had been contemplating for several months.276 words

Import Administration Delays Preliminary AD Determination in Refrigerator Case

The Commerce Department's Import Administration has delayed by roughly two months its preliminary determination of antidumping duties for bottom mount refrigerators-freezers from Korea and Mexico to Oct. 26, according to a Federal Register notice published on Aug. 20.137 words

Michaud, Kucinich Rally Opposition To U.S.-Korea FTA Over Investment Rules

Reps. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) and Michael Michaud (D-ME) are calling on fellow House members to oppose the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement over its investment provisions, which they say unfairly favor investors over American workers, according to an Aug. 15 "Dear Colleague" letter.159 words

Amid Guatemala Dispute, DOL Plans Labor Rights Event With CAFTA Envoys

Amid an ongoing U.S. labor dispute with Guatemala, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis next week will host ambassadors from Guatemala and other Central American countries as well as Mexico to sign bilateral agreements promoting the rights of migrant workers in the United States.237 words

Correction

The story "USTR Publishes List Of Potential CAFTA Dispute Settlement Panelists" in the Aug. 19 issue of Inside U.S. Trade incorrectly identified the name of the law firm for which Theodore Posner works. The correct name of the firm is Crowell & Moring LLP.50 words

Experts Criticize New Brazilian Policy Aimed At Curbing Chinese Imports

Two Latin American experts last week criticized a new Brazilian industrial policy aimed at combating an inflow of cheap Chinese imports as misspending government resources by providing subsidized financing and tax breaks for selected manufacturers.845 words

U.S. Wheat Producers Hope Canada Follows Through With CWB Changes

U.S. wheat producers are hoping that the conservative ruling party in Canada follows through this fall with its plans to strip the Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) of its monopoly on the purchase and sale of all Canadian wheat from Western provinces, which they claim distorts global wheat markets and puts U.S. wheat exporters at a disadvantage.1126 words

USTR Takes Hard Line In Compliance Arguments In Mexico Zeroing Case

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week publicly released its initial arguments in World Trade Organization compliance panel proceedings in which Mexico is seeking to prove that the United States has failed to comply with an adverse Appellate Body decision on the U.S. use of zeroing in a case Mexico brought in 2006.526 words

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