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U.S., South African Officials To Tackle AGOA, Poultry, SPS, Tariff Issues

Trade officials from the U.S. and South Africa will tackle the renewal of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) and a slew of bilateral trade problems that have become linked to it when they gather for a two-day meeting this week in Washington, according to an agenda obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.

DOL Faults Honduran Labor Law Enforcement, But Steers Clear Of CAFTA Consultations

The Obama administration in a report released late last week found that the Honduran government on numerous occasions failed to enforce its labor laws, as alleged by the AFL-CIO in a 2012 petition, but stopped short of recommending the U.S. take the first step toward dispute settlement under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) of requesting formal labor consultations with Honduras.

Cutler Travels To Japan This Week For TPP Auto, Ag Talks; Then To Korea

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will travel to Tokyo later this week to hold a new round of talks with Japanese officials on market access and auto trade under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), before heading to South Korea for discussions on a range of trade issues, including Seoul's interest in joining TPP, according to a USTR spokesman.

Reding Says U.S. E-Commerce Proposal Falls Short On Privacy Protections

The U.S. e-commerce proposal in the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations fails to provide adequate protections for European Union citizens data because it does not contain exceptions for privacy or national security purposes, according to the European Parliament's lead lawmaker on the issue.

EPP Chief Touts Support For TTIP In Parliament; Reding Says Data Deals Prerequisite

The president of the European Parliament's largest political group last week drove home the message to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and House Ways & Means Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) that there is strong support in the parliament for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), despite vocal opposition to the negotiations by some European lawmakers and civil society groups.

Hensarling Aide Holds Door Open To Committee Action On Ex-Im Bill

An aide to House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) is holding open the door for potential committee action on legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, even as Hensarling continues to advocate for the bank's elimination.

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  • The U.S. e-commerce proposal in the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) negotiations fails to provide adequate protections for European Union citizens data because it does not contain exceptions for privacy or national security purposes, according to the European Parliament's lead lawmaker on the issue.

  • 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.

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  • Corrected and updated: Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Tuesday (March 3) that he does not expect Congress to consider a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) before April, as he is still at odds with Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) over language in the legislation that would allow Congress to strip a completed trade agreement of fast-track protection.

  • Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) said Tuesday (March 3) that a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) he has been working on with Finance Ranking Member Ron Wyden (D-OR) and House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) will not be introduced before April.

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  • The Obama administration in a report released late last week found that the Honduran government on numerous occasions failed to enforce its labor laws, as alleged by the AFL-CIO in a 2012 petition, but stopped short of recommending the U.S. take the first step toward dispute settlement under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) of requesting formal labor consultations with Honduras.

  • Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler will travel to Tokyo later this week to hold a new round of talks with Japanese officials on market access and auto trade under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), before heading to South Korea for discussions on a range of trade issues, including Seoul's interest in joining TPP, according to a USTR spokesman.