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March 11, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week is expected to notify Capitol Hill of the administration’s intent to begin trade talks with Kenya, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade

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March 10, 2020

The World Trade Organization announced on Tuesday that it will suspend its meetings through March 20 following news that a Secretariat staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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A group representing the U.S. aluminum industry this week filed antidumping duty petitions against imports of common alloy aluminum sheet from 18 countries and countervailing duty petitions against four of them.

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A World Trade Organization Secretariat staff member has contracted COVID-19, a WTO official confirmed to Inside U.S. Trade, and the institution is taking “necessary measures” in response.

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March 09, 2020

The U.S. semiconductor industry could see its global market share reduced while China’s burgeoning semiconductor sector would benefit if export restrictions that prevent U.S. companies from selling to Chinese entities remain in place, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission last week said boosting the number of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells that can be imported under the Trump administration’s safeguard measure on solar imports would likely reduce the cost burden on U.S. module manufacturers and improve domestic profitability.

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The U.S., Canada and Brazil last week proposed a draft World Trade Organization ministerial declaration on a new work program on sanitary and phytosanitary issues that would identify “common challenges” in implementing the WTO SPS Agreement as well as the impacts of “emerging pressures.”

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March 08, 2020

President Trump and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro have agreed to ramp up efforts to develop a “trade package” this year, the White House announced on Saturday.  

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March 07, 2020

The chairman and ranking member of the Senate Finance Committee, along with other panel members led by Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), have filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit filed to compel the Commerce Department to release its report on a Section 232 investigation of auto imports. 

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March 06, 2020

Whether the United States and China can come to terms on a broader, second trade agreement likely depends on their ability to overcome a host of U.S. national security concerns that have dominated the trade conversation, but the U.S. likely will be unwilling to discuss those issues in talks with Beijing, according to analysts.

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The paralysis of the World Trade Organization Appellate Body could have ripple effects in Geneva, analysts said this week, including the potential for more “flexible” thinking by dispute panels, implications for negotiations and the evolution of ad hoc dispute settlement.

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With an eye toward deepening bilateral trade relations, President Trump is set to meet with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro on Saturday at his home in Mar-a-Lago, the White House announced this week.

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At the behest of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., President Trump on Friday dissolved a 2018 acquisition of a Maryland-based mobile hotel property management system by a Chinese company and ordered the U.S. firm to immediately restrict access to hotel guest data.

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Two major U.S. steel companies are battling over a request for a waiver from Section 232 tariffs on steel, with the domestic supplier insisting it can make the product in question and the importer complaining of price gouging.

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March 05, 2020

The United States claims the last remaining member of the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body is ineligible to continue serving on the panel because her impartiality has been compromised as she is affiliated with the Chinese government.

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World Trade Organization members are too focused on “horse trading” over tweaks to the appellate system and should instead engage substantively with the U.S. on its criticisms and on what comes next, former Appellate Body Chairman Thomas Graham said on Thursday.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced plans to hold April hearings in Florida and Georgia on seasonal produce issues.

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U.S. and Brazilian officials on Thursday said recent and upcoming engagements between the two countries could provide sufficient momentum to spark the start of trade talks.

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March 04, 2020

Part of Sen. Bernie Sanders’s (I-VT) strategy heading into the crucial Michigan Democratic primary next week will be to put a spotlight on the differences between his track record on trade and that of former Vice President Joe Biden’s, Sanders told reporters on Wednesday.

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The Agriculture Department is considering new rules for labeling meat that would not run afoul of the World Trade Organization, which struck down a previous country-of-origin labeling law, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Wednesday.

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