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January 18, 2019

A Turkish steel manufacturer is challenging the administration’s decision last August to ratchet up Section 232 tariffs on steel from Turkey, arguing the action fell outside of the president’s powers under the 1962 Trade Expansion Act and asking to be repaid.

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In a draft negotiating mandate published on Friday, the European Union said a trade deal on industrial goods could not be struck with the U.S. until Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum were lifted and Washington agreed not to impose such tariffs on autos and auto parts, or levy Section 301 tariffs on the EU.

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Industry groups are targeting the regulatory regime of the United Kingdom in submissions addressing a potential free trade agreement with the U.S., seeking to align the soon-to-be former European Union member state more closely with U.S. regulations than those of the EU.

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January 17, 2019

High-level U.S.-China talks in late January could prompt the two sides to begin crafting the text of a possible agreement that includes viable enforcement mechanisms, private-sector stakeholders tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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The U.S. this week detailed its criticisms of the World Trade Organization’s established practice of allowing countries to self-designate as “developing” when they accede to the international body.

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January 16, 2019

The partial government shutdown has stymied tariff exclusion requests, stalled anti-dumping and countervailing duty proceedings and delayed progress in future market openings, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May survived a no confidence vote in Parliament on Wednesday by a slim margin -- following the historic defeat of her Brexit deal on Tuesday -- as the withdrawal deadline closes in and business groups renew concerned calls to avoid a “no deal” Brexit.

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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has been picked to helm the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee, the committee announced on Wednesday, while Rep. Vern Buchanan (R-FL) will be the ranking member.

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January 15, 2019

The timeline for congressional consideration of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement is “more unclear” than ever due to the partial government shutdown and unanswered questions on Mexican labor reforms and Section 232 tariffs, Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) said on Tuesday after speaking with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week.

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The British Parliament on Tuesday overwhelming rejected a Brexit deal with the European Union forged by Prime Minister Theresa May, leading May to agree to debate a motion of no confidence in Parliament on Wednesday.

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Mexico's 2019 budget is unlikely to include money to implement labor reforms called for in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with officials saying President Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration cannot allocate funds until legislation enacting those reforms is signed into law.

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Industry groups are urging the Bureau of Industry and Security to narrowly apply new export controls as the agency seeks to determine what products qualify as “emerging technologies” that will be subject to those new controls, according to comments submitted to BIS.

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January 14, 2019

NEW ORLEANS -- The European Union is watching closely whether the U.S. removes Section 232 tariffs on Canadian and Mexican steel and aluminum imports as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratification process continues, hoping for a sign that the U.S. can be “flexible” in trade negotiations, an EU official said here on Monday.

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NEW ORLEANS -- President Trump said Monday that he believed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was in “very good shape” in Congress despite Democratic concerns.

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NEW ORLEANS -- Hoping for stronger and more “predictable” trade policies, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) said on Sunday that he plans to hold hearings this year to question top administration trade officials.

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January 11, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has included agriculture in its negotiating objectives for a free trade deal with the European Union, which could put negotiations with the bloc in doubt before they officially begin.

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White House trade adviser Peter Navarro met with a group of House Republicans on Thursday to aggressively lobby for a trade bill that would give the president greater authority to impose tariffs, asking lawmakers to ensure it is introduced before the State of the Union address in late January, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.

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The U.S. on Friday escalated a World Trade Organization dispute with Turkey over tariffs levied in retaliation to Section 232 tariffs, making the country the sixth the U.S. has challenged at the international body over the steel and aluminum duties.

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EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström on Thursday said talks with her U.S. counterpart were “very constructive,” with regulatory cooperation an area in which the U.S. and EU might be able to agree to outcomes even if talks on a broader trade agreement stall.

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The House Ways & Means Committee will elect its trade subcommittee leadership next week, several members told Inside U.S. Trade on Thursday.

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