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U.S.: WTO fisheries talks not on track to finish by end of 2019

Despite some progress and “enhanced” engagement, the World Trade Organization negotiations to ban illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing subsidies are not on track to finish by the end of the year as members had agreed to, the U.S. said this week.

AMLO to U.S. lawmakers: Approve USMCA as soon as possible

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will tell a visiting U.S. House delegation on Friday to conclude the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s “approval process ASAP.”

Sens. Cramer, Sinema aim to introduce Ex-Im bill this month

Sens. Kevin Cramer (R-ND) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) are crafting legislation to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank and hope to introduce a bill before the August congressional recess, Cramer told Inside U.S. Trade.

Mexican ambassador: Labor reform budget to be determined by September

Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Martha Bárcena on Thursday said that a budget to implement labor reform in Mexico will be decided by September -- responding to a key concern flagged by congressional Democrats as they consider whether to support the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

Blumenauer: USMCA codel seeking clarity on Mexican labor roadmap

As House lawmakers get set to visit Mexico City this weekend, House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Inside U.S. Trade he plans to get a “better perspective” on a roadmap issued by the Mexican government last month outlining labor reform implementation.

U.S. official laments failure of G20 to renew global steel forum

Kelly Ann Shaw, the deputy assistant to the president for international economic affairs, on Wednesday said it was a shame that leaders did not choose to renew the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity at last month’s G20 leaders summit in Osaka, Japan, with one country tanking the effort.

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A group of House Democrats will head to Mexico this week to discuss possible changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement with Mexican officials. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron could sign into law a controversial digital services tax that prompted the U.S. to launch a Section 301 investigation.

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  • Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he will tell a visiting U.S. House delegation on Friday to conclude the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s “approval process ASAP.”

  • As House lawmakers get set to visit Mexico City this weekend, House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) told Inside U.S. Trade he plans to get a “better perspective” on a roadmap issued by the Mexican government last month outlining labor reform implementation.

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