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Legal Grounds Questioned For Changes To Mexican Sugar Agreement

Some legal experts are skeptical that the Commerce Department has authority to determine if a company may import raw sugar from Mexico based on the end-use of the sugar, throwing into question whether the department's proposed modification to the sugar suspension agreements is legally sustainable.

Obama Issues Executive Order On Currency Manipulation Provisions In Customs Bill

The Obama administration has issued an executive order spelling out responsibilities and authority across federal departments and offices on addressing currency manipulation under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, also known as the customs bill.

Final Democratic Platform Does Not Mention 'Diversity Of Views' On TPP

The final Democratic Party platform does not mention discrepancies within the Democratic Party on the Trans-Pacific Partnership that were laid out in a July 1 draft platform, and falls short of taking an official stance on the deal.

New Domestic Support Proposals At WTO Do Not Address U.S.-China Deadlock

Various members of the World Trade Organization have put forward a series of proposals aimed at cutting domestic support, but these proposals do not appear to address the overarching problems plaguing the negotiations, namely that the United States and China cannot agree on what cuts the other should make to its domestic support programs.

Canada's DSB Proposals Garner Some Support, But Little From Heavyweights

A series of proposals forwarded last month by Canada to share and spread best practices in dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization gained some support leading up to a July 21 Dispute Settlement Body meeting, but lacked signatures from major dispute settlement players such as the United States and China.

Australian Ambassador, Making The Convention Rounds, Presses For TPP Vote

Australia's ambassador to the U.S., Joe Hockey, at the Republican National Convention this week said he had discussions with a key member of Congress on finding a path for a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while casting doubt on the prospects for TPP if it isn't done this year.

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  • Various members of the World Trade Organization have put forward a series of proposals aimed at cutting domestic support, but these proposals do not appear to address the overarching problems plaguing the negotiations, namely that the United States and China cannot agree on what cuts the other should make to its domestic support programs.

  • A series of proposals forwarded last month by Canada to share and spread best practices in dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization gained some support leading up to a July 21 Dispute Settlement Body meeting, but lacked signatures from major dispute settlement players such as the United States and China.

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  • Some legal experts are skeptical that the Commerce Department has authority to determine if a company may import raw sugar from Mexico based on the end-use of the sugar, throwing into question whether the department's proposed modification to the sugar suspension agreements is legally sustainable.

  • The Obama administration has issued an executive order spelling out responsibilities and authority across federal departments and offices on addressing currency manipulation under the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015, also known as the customs bill.

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  • Australia's ambassador to the U.S., Joe Hockey, at the Republican National Convention this week said he had discussions with a key member of Congress on finding a path for a lame-duck vote on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, while casting doubt on the prospects for TPP if it isn't done this year.

  • Australia's trade minister, Steven Ciobo, said this week he is “cautiously optimistic” about the Trans-Pacific Partnership getting through the U.S. Congress in a post-election lame-duck session and cited “some really good meetings” with key members of Congress, including Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), on the market exclusivity period for biologic drugs.