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May 06, 2020

A Chinese official on Wednesday responded to President Trump’s threats to again impose tariffs on China -- this time claiming Beijing must be punished for its role in the coronavirus outbreak -- by saying that new duties on Chinese goods would only harm the U.S. when the two countries should instead be working together.

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European Union Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan is in “regular contact” with the U.S., he said on Wednesday, revealing he had written to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in recent days to outline ways in which the U.S. and EU could work together to boost economic recovery amid the pandemic.

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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross is considering a Section 232 investigation into crude oil imports that could lead to tariffs on Saudi Arabia and Russia, three GOP senators said this week.

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The U.S. on Wednesday notified the World Trade Organization that because Washington state has terminated illegal subsidies it was providing to Boeing, the European Union has no justification to retaliate against the U.S.

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May 05, 2020

The U.S. and United Kingdom formally kicked off bilateral trade negotiations on Tuesday, aiming to initiate talks in all chapters of a comprehensive agreement over the next two weeks.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection is working to ensure “predictability and certainty” for automakers adjusting to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s auto rules of origin, agency officials tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation trade ministers this week committed to facilitate the flow of essential goods and services amid the coronavirus pandemic, pledging as well to ensure “trading links” remain open and to strengthen the group’s digital trade agenda.

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The U.S. decision to label as “invalid” a World Trade Organization Appellate Body report faulting it for duties on supercalendered paper came as a surprise to many in Geneva, sources there tell Inside U.S. Trade, with some considering it an “escalation” of the U.S. crusade to reform the Appellate Body. 

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May 04, 2020

The U.S. should lift tariffs on all medical goods being used to combat the coronavirus pandemic for 90 days, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal said on Monday after reviewing a U.S. International Trade Commission report on COVID-19-related products.

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The Commerce Department will initiate an investigation into imports of key electrical transformer components, the agency announced on Monday, citing national security concerns.

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The U.S., Mexico and Canada continue to weigh North American auto industry requests to delay beyond July 1 the implementation of regulations that will guide the application of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s auto rules of origin, according to private-sector representatives familiar with the talks.

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May 01, 2020

Pressure is mounting on the Trump administration to retaliate against China in some fashion for its role in the coronavirus pandemic – and with tariffs one of the president’s favorite policy tools, analysts say Beijing could soon be hit with new duties.

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The World Trade Organization has scheduled a virtual General Council meeting for May 15 to allow members to discuss trade-related measures imposed in response to the pandemic.

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The Trump administration’s handling of Chinese steel and aluminum overcapacity is not working, a group of Washington state Democrats told President Trump on Friday, urging him to improve a product-exclusion request process and ensure overcapacity is addressed in a phase-two trade deal with China.

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The coronavirus pandemic is leading many companies to “rethink” supply chains, environmental sustainability and even how the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement might be sold to auto industry shareholders, according to Nicole Bivens Collinson, president of the international trade and government relations practice at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg, P.A.

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April 30, 2020

U.S. companies have not yet established a strong market presence in the sub-Saharan African region’s growing digital trade environment, in part because of weak intellectual property protections and restrictive digital policies, the U.S. International Trade Commission states in a new report.

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World Trade Organization negotiators working on an agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies are unlikely to meet a 2020 deadline as the coronavirus pandemic, which already led to the postponement of the June ministerial, continues to affect WTO work, Geneva sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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China’s Ministry of Commerce on Thursday claimed the Federal Communications Commission is discriminating against Chinese state-owned telecommunications companies by demanding that four prove they are not influenced by China’s government if they want to keep their operating licenses.

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Nineteen World Trade Organization members on Thursday formalized an interim appellate arbitration agreement that will apply to pending and future disputes among them.

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April 29, 2020

The Commerce Department’s decision this week to heighten control over exports of products that could have military applications likely will create compliance headaches for U.S. companies -- and could compel some to forgo the market entirely, according to industry sources.

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