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USTR announces deferred tariffs on $1.3 billion worth of French goods

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday issued a list of French goods worth $1.3 billion that will be hit with 25 percent tariffs if France begins collecting digital services taxes from U.S. companies next year.

Verheul: Canada stands ready to retaliate against Section 232 tariffs

U.S. claims that aluminum exports from Canada have been surging into the U.S. are baseless, Steve Verheul, a senior Canadian trade official, said this week, adding that Ottawa was considering a range of retaliatory options if Section 232 tariffs are imposed.

WTO: Director-general campaign phase shortened to two months

The second phase of the World Trade Organization director-general race, when candidates campaign and make themselves known to members, will be shortened from the usual three months to two, the WTO General Council chair announced on Friday.

Florida lawmakers press Lighthizer for seasonal produce ‘trade remedy’

Florida’s House members this week called on U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to take action this year against what they believe are unfair Mexican trading practices hurting seasonal growers.

Lighthizer: To end aircraft dispute, EU must pay back some subsidies

A resolution to the long-running Boeing-Airbus dispute can’t be reached until the European Union not only commits to ending its subsidization, but also agrees to pay back “some element” of the subsidies, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said on Thursday.

Business groups, countries warn against tariffs on transformer components

Business groups and other countries are pushing the U.S. to proceed with caution in its Section 232 investigation into imports of key electrical transformer components, contending trade restrictions would be costly, counterproductive and potentially illegal.

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The White House’s hopes for a trilateral summit to celebrate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement were quashed on Monday as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced he would not attend a Wednesday event featuring Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador.

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