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April 11, 2019

House Ways & Means Committee Democrats on Thursday questioned whether the labor standards in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would lead to “meaningful change” in Mexican labor practices and called for a strong enforcement mechanism to ensure the new labor standards are followed.

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U.S. and Japanese officials are expected to begin trade negotiations next week in Washington, DC, according to Japanese media reports.

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April 10, 2019

The U.S. and China have largely agreed on an enforcement mechanism for a bilateral trade deal, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Wednesday.

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Mexican tomato growers on Monday proposed updates to a 2013 suspension agreement with the U.S. covering fresh tomatoes in an effort to prevent the Commerce Department from withdrawing from the deal.

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Following a briefing from the AFL-CIO on Wednesday, Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) said a significant number of Democrats feel tweaks must be made to the text of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and called on the three countries to better explain why re-opening talks “would be so difficult.”

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The Mexican Chamber of Deputies is expected this week to pass labor legislation that fully complies with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a Mexican official told Inside U.S. Trade.

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April 09, 2019

A World Trade Organization panel report on a U.S.-Canadian dispute over softwood lumber duties has given the U.S. its first-ever WTO win for a controversial Commerce Department antidumping methodology known as “zeroing,” though it also said the U.S. violated WTO rules in making its determination.

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Titanium sponge producer TIMET, in a petition asking the Commerce Department to protect the domestic industry, says the Trump administration should impose Section 232 tariffs on imports from Japan to compel Tokyo to negotiate an agreement that could boost market prices by 30 percent.

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The U.S. and Peru have resolved concerns tied to Peru’s environmental obligations under their bilateral trade agreement, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on Tuesday after the Peruvian government annulled the December 2018 policy that triggered the first-ever consultations.

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The Commerce Department this week will give the president its report on the national security implications of uranium imports, an agency spokesman confirmed to Inside U.S. Trade.

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April 08, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday issued a list of European products that will be hit with retaliatory tariffs as part of the U.S.’ World Trade Organization dispute against the European Union for subsidies the EU provides to Airbus.

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Last week’s landmark World Trade Organization panel report weighing in on a member’s use of the national security exception left little avenue for the U.S. to succeed in defending its Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum, analysts say.

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As the U.S. International Trade Commission gathers input on the effects of duty suspensions and reductions enacted under the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill Act of 2018, Commissioner Meredith Broadbent this week suggested the Trump administration use MTB to gain more concessions in trade talks.

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Attorneys representing the Trump administration last week argued that President Trump's decision to double a tariff on Turkish steel imports was legal, saying in a push to dismiss a challenge to his authority that he did not have to obtain a new report from the Commerce Department beforehand.

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Attorneys representing the Trump administration last week argued that President Trump's decision to double a tariff on Turkish steel imports was legal, saying in a push to dismiss a challenge to his authority that he did not have to obtain a new report from the Commerce Department beforehand.

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April 05, 2019

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel on Friday said it had jurisdiction to review whether a member that invoked the national security exemption to deviate from WTO obligations had fulfilled the requirements to do so, a potential blow to the U.S.’ justification for its Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering a proposal from Democratic Sens. Ron Wyden (OR) and Sherrod Brown (OH) aimed at boosting confidence that Mexico will adhere to labor commitments in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to Senate aides.

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A bilateral deal between the U.S. and China is not likely to address the underlying structural issues that have put China’s economy -- which the U.S. and others argue does not adhere to market-based practices -- at odds with the kind of reform the U.S. is seeking at the World Trade Organization, analysts said on Thursday.

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April 04, 2019

President Trump's new threat to impose tariffs on auto imports from Mexico if his complaints about drugs and immigration are not addressed has sparked confusion and worry on Capitol Hill, where lawmakers are questioning how such restrictions would square with and affect the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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New labor legislation designed to comply with requirements outlined in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement was submitted to the Mexican Chamber of Deputies this week, Mexico's foreign affairs under secretary for North America, Jesús Seade, said on Thursday.

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