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U.S., Peru To Discuss Implementation Of FTA Enviro Chapter This Week

U.S. and Peruvian officials were slated to hold meetings in Washington early this week on the implementation of the environment chapter contained in the bilateral free trade agreement between the two countries, according to a Feb. 6 notice in the Peruvian official newspaper El Peruano.

Obama Emphasizes 2016 TTIP Conclusion In Meeting With Italian President

President Obama stressed the importance of concluding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday (Feb. 8), offering a further sign of the administration's desire to wrap up the talks before Obama leaves office next year.

Obama Presses For TTIP Conclusion In Meeting With Italian President

President Obama stressed the importance of concluding the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) after a meeting with Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday (Feb. 8), offering a further sign of the administration's desire to wrap up the talks before Obama leaves office next year.

AAFA Supports TPP Deal, Pushes Clarifications On Vietnam Labor Plan

The American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) this week publicly announced its support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but the group is seeking clarifications from the administration on several aspects of the associated U.S.-Vietnam labor consistency plan before the agreement comes to a vote in Congress.

EU Analysis Says Granting China MES Could Directly Impact 188K Jobs

A European Commission analysis released this week projects that granting market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping (AD) cases without mitigating measures could directly cost as much as 188,300 jobs in affected European Union industries due to lower dumping duties, exacerbated unfair pricing and an overall increase in Chinese imports.

Senate Expected To Vote On Customs Conference Report Late Next Week

The Senate is aiming to vote on the conference report of the customs and enforcement bill by late next week, with a Senate aide saying the floor vote will probably take place on Thursday (Feb. 11). If the vote occurs before the President Day's recess, it would end months of wrangling over the bill, which the Senate first passed in mid-May last year and the House on June 12.

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  • The World Trade Organization has delayed until at least Feb. 10 the release of a panel report reviewing U.S. claims that India violated trade rules by imposing local content requirements in a massive solar project, as the U.S. government acknowledged for the first time publicly that the two sides are holding talks on a potential settlement.

  • The U.S., Japan, and the European Union are charging that Argentina has failed to comply with a ruling by the World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) faulting the South American country for its non-automatic import licensing scheme, saying Buenos Aires has simply replaced that system with a very similar program.

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  • A European Commission analysis released this week projects that granting market economy status (MES) to China in antidumping (AD) cases without mitigating measures could directly cost as much as 188,300 jobs in affected European Union industries due to lower dumping duties, exacerbated unfair pricing and an overall increase in Chinese imports.

  • The Senate is aiming to vote on the conference report of the customs and enforcement bill by late next week, with a Senate aide saying the floor vote will probably take place on Thursday (Feb. 11). If the vote occurs before the President Day's recess, it would end months of wrangling over the bill, which the Senate first passed in mid-May last year and the House on June 12.

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