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Steel Companies Invoke New AD, CVD Law Changes In Ongoing Cases

U.S. steel companies are taking advantage of changes to U.S. trade remedy law enacted in June in order to bolster their chances of success in new petitions for antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel, although lawyers close to petitioners and respondents said these changes will not likely be a decisive factor in whether these cases are successful.

Froman Counters African Worries On TPP; Threatens South Africa's AGOA Benefits

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (Aug. 26) indirectly countered worries by apparel-producing African countries that they will be negatively impacted by the market access the U.S. grants to Vietnam under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the Asia-Pacific trade deal could have positive benefits for Africa by setting higher global standards on issues like labor rights and environmental protection.

U.S. Says Draft EU Law On Biotech Imports May Violate SPS Agreement

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.

Mexican Auto Rep Blasts Details Of U.S.-Japan Deal On Rules Of Origin

The president of Mexico's auto industry association on Wednesday (Aug. 26) laid out in detail his objections to a deal worked out by the United States and Japan on the automotive rules of origin in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that has been rejected by the governments of Mexico and Canada because it includes a regional value content threshold they view as unacceptably low.

Mexican Official Says Possible Labor Reforms Not Tied To TPP Conclusion

A senior Mexican official has rejected the notion that there is any link between reforms Mexico may make to its labor regime and the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the government of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto will pursue any labor reforms it sees fit on the timeline that it chooses.

Abe's Waning Popularity Could Hamper Ability To Conclude TPP: Expert

The unpopular drive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution is sapping his government's political power, a development that could ultimately make it harder for him to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, according to an Asia expert at Stanford University.

World Trade Organization

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  • 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.

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to assess the economic impact of eliminating nearly 400 tariff lines, nearly all of which have been proposed by the other World Trade Organization countries participating in the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).

Around the World

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  • U.S. steel companies are taking advantage of changes to U.S. trade remedy law enacted in June in order to bolster their chances of success in new petitions for antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel, although lawyers close to petitioners and respondents said these changes will not likely be a decisive factor in whether these cases are successful.

  • The outgoing chief of staff to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is heading to the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) to become executive vice president for the group's food and agriculture section, BIO announced this week.

FTA Central

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  • The president of Mexico's auto industry association on Wednesday (Aug. 26) laid out in detail his objections to a deal worked out by the United States and Japan on the automotive rules of origin in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that has been rejected by the governments of Mexico and Canada because it includes a regional value content threshold they view as unacceptably low.

  • The unpopular drive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution is sapping his government's political power, a development that could ultimately make it harder for him to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, according to an Asia expert at Stanford University.