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Ross to brief Ways & Means members on 232 probes next Thursday

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross next week will brief the House Ways & Means Committee on his agency’s Section 232 investigations into steel and aluminum imports, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

Business Roundtable adds to growing list of groups opposing Garrett's Ex-Im nomination

The Business Roundtable has added its name to a growing of business groups that will not support the nomination of former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett (R) to serve as the president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank because Garrett has not said he supports the agency he has been tapped to lead.

Sources: Ross tells steel CEOs to put ‘visible pressure’ on White House, urge 232 action

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross this week told a group of steel CEOs that pressure on the White House will be needed to get his agency’s Section 232 steel investigation over the finish line, while the executives, in a separate meeting with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, discussed potential alternatives to the Section 232 route, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

U.S., China ink stalled rice deal, but exporters still face additional steps

The United States and China announced Thursday that a final phytosanitary protocol -- over a decade in the making -- has been signed, allowing the U.S. to export rice to China provided certain requirements are met.

Ambassadors: NAFTA negotiating schedule coming soon; U.S. goals make timing difficult

Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. said on Thursday that parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement will soon publish a schedule for the renegotiations as they strive to conclude them by the end of the year, but his Canadian counterpart believes the lengthy list of U.S. objectives released this week could make that difficult.

Canada re-ups dispute settlement efficiencies; members deadlocked on Appellate Body seats

Canada has followed up on its year-old initiative to streamline dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization via the voluntary adoption of best practices by introducing four new proposals. Geneva sources say those proposals, and backing from other members, could signal confidence and a desire to improve the dispute settlement body while delays and other issues persist.

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The Trump administration is set to release its negotiating objectives for the modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement on Monday -- the first day of its self-proclaimed “Made in America” week. The release of the objectives is expected to dominate the week and will draw the attention of the House Ways & Means subcommittee on trade, which will examine the objectives at a Tuesday hearing.

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