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December 04, 2019

Republican lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern about reports the Trump administration is willing to give up language on protections for biologic drugs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but one ardent supporter of strong data exclusivity provisions in trade deals suggested the move would not affect his support for USMCA.

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body could complete work on four of 14 pending appeals despite an expected shutdown of the appellate system beginning next week, according to the Dispute Settlement Body chairman, leaving ten cases in limbo.

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The U.S. and Switzerland can and should put aside regulatory and agriculture market-access issues and find a way to strike a bilateral trade deal in the near future, Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Jacques Pitteloud said on Tuesday.

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December 03, 2019

U.S. and Indian negotiators working on a partial trade agreement are focusing on reducing tariffs on goods that will benefit the U.S. over China, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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Three World Trade Organization Appellate Body members on Tuesday condemned what they called media “misrepresentations” of their conduct, particularly their assertions during a discussion with the WTO director-general about the director of the Appellate Body Secretariat.

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The Chinese government might soon expedite the publication of an “unreliable entities list” that would restrict designated businesses’ ability to do business in China, according to a report from an official media source that called the potential move a response to a bill the U.S. House is expected to pass this week condemning human-rights violations against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.

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As the U.S. International Trade Commission wraps up a midterm review of Section 201 restrictions on imports of solar products imposed last year, a co-petitioner in the case, Suniva, Inc., is calling for a more stringent remedy while the Solar Energy Industries Association is pushing for the elimination of tariff-rate quotas.

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December 02, 2019

A major Mexican business group this week contended that some labor proposals recently advanced by Washington to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will do the opposite and pledged to support countermoves by the Mexican government if necessary.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday proposed imposing 100 percent tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French goods in retaliation for France’s digital services tax, which the Trump administration says discriminates against U.S. companies.

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As World Trade Organization members consider whether to allow soon-to-be-former Appellate Body adjudicators to stay on to resolve pending appeals, one of them is poised to step down for good, claiming the WTO continues to refuse to take action to reform the body.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will consider increasing tariffs on European products after a World Trade Organization compliance panel on Monday ruled for a second time that the European Union had not complied with a previous dispute settlement report faulting the EU for providing illegal subsidies to Airbus.

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President Trump on Monday said he would re-impose national security-based tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, which he said had endorsed “massive” currency devaluations that have hurt U.S. companies.

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President Trump on Monday said he would impose national security-based tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, which he said had endorsed “massive” currency devaluations that have hurt U.S. companies.

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President Trump on Monday said he would impose national security-based tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, which he said had endorsed “massive” currency devaluations that have hurt U.S. companies.

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November 27, 2019

The Mexican government has received U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement proposals crafted by U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and a group of House Democrats, Mexico’s chief trade negotiator said on Wednesday, adding that he initially had found them acceptable.

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The Commerce Department is advancing its first export control on an “emerging technology,” a key piece of the implementation of the 2018 Export Control Reform Act that Congress has been eagerly awaiting.

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World Trade Organization members this week explored a new approach to rein in domestic agricultural support and subsidization based on reductions proportionate to a country’s entitlements, as members look to deliver outcomes in agriculture negotiations at the upcoming ministerial next June.

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A group of outside advisers to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is calling for more robust cybersecurity and information communications technology accords between the U.S. and Japan.

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World Trade Organization members are substantially underfilling their tariff-rate quotas, which are plagued by “confusing operation and administration,” the U.S. argued in Geneva this week.

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November 26, 2019

An addendum to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement outlining accords struck by the Trump administration and a group of House Democrats will close a loophole that allows the blocking of dispute-settlement panels, a senior Mexican official told Inside U.S. Trade, warning that other enforcement approaches could result in the deal’s rejection.

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