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Mexican ambassador: U.S. must be clearer about USMCA enforcement requests

Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday defended labor reform legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is expected to pass the Mexican Senate this week, as sufficient to ease U.S. concerns with the country’s labor compliance, calling on Democrats to be clearer about what they need to back the deal.

Japan, Australia join reform push with WTO Appellate Body proposal

Japan and Australia this week proposed language clarifying how the World Trade Organization Appellate Body should function, becoming the latest in a growing group of members attempting to address U.S. criticisms and stave off the impending paralysis of the appeals process.

Manufacturers group sues Treasury, Customs over substitution drawback rule

The National Association of Manufacturers this week filed suit against the Treasury Department and Customs and Border Protection over a recently implemented rule they say bans “substitution drawback,” a program which allows importers to recoup paid tariffs or taxes if they export similar products.

Grassley: Without ag in U.S.-EU talks, valuable ‘trade-offs’ left out

If agriculture is not included in U.S.-European Union trade talks, the U.S. will lose the opportunity to pursue “trade-offs” in the negotiations, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Thursday.

USTR official: Section 232 tariff resolution the top priority ‘after China’

A resolution to a dispute with Canada and Mexico over steel and aluminum tariffs is the administration’s top trade priority after the ongoing U.S.-China negotiations, which could lead to a deal as soon as next month, a senior USTR official said on Thursday.

WTO panel sides with U.S., finds China did not properly administer ag TRQs

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel this week handed the United States a victory over China by finding that Beijing was improperly administering rice, corn and wheat tariff-rate quotas, which in some cases contributed to the quotas' going unfilled.

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will meet with President Trump in Washington, DC, just over a week after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Economy Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held a first round of bilateral trade talks.

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  • Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. on Monday defended labor reform legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which is expected to pass the Mexican Senate this week, as sufficient to ease U.S. concerns with the country’s labor compliance, calling on Democrats to be clearer about what they need to back the deal.

  • “I think that anybody who’s patriotic would take a look at that bill and want to vote for it, and that’s why if it gets to the floor, I think it will get the vast majority of Republican and Democratic votes.”

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