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April 29, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has for the first time included the foreign operations of a U.S. company, Amazon, on its annual list of “notorious markets for counterfeiting and piracy.”

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The White House on Tuesday formed an interagency committee to help facilitate the enforcement and monitoring of labor obligations outlined in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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April 28, 2020

The World Trade Organization will gradually send its staff back to work in its facilities beginning on May 11, though regular meetings of WTO members will remain suspended, according to Geneva sources.

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As the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative works to nail down negotiating objectives for a trade deal with Kenya, Brionne Dawson, the senior director for East and Southern Africa at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and other industry groups are citing digital trade as an area with huge potential for both countries.

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The administration should consider issuing broader tariff relief for key medical goods in response to COVID-19, according to two former Trump White House “sherpas” who say the coronavirus pandemic could rejuvenate international trade coordination among multinational groups like the G20.

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April 27, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday discussed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s looming entry-into-force and enforcement issues with Democrats on the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission should consider the effect that duties on imported mattresses could have on hospitals and consumers -- and the possibility the domestic industry might not be able to supply a burgeoning demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Justice Department said in a “statement of interest” filed last week.

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April 24, 2020

The Trump administration on Friday notified Congress that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will enter into force on July 1.

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The U.S. plans to compete with Chinese and Russian state-owned enterprises and become a leader in nuclear energy technology exports, according to a strategy released by the Energy Department on Friday.

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The U.S. plans to notify Mexico and Canada on Friday that it has completed internal procedures required for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to take effect, several sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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The Commerce Department is granting exclusions to steel and aluminum tariffs in an unconstitutional and arbitrarily capricious manner that has put a Michigan-based metal importer at a competitive disadvantage, the company argues in a new Section 232 challenge filed with the U.S. Court of International Trade.

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April 23, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has depressed Chinese demand for U.S. services and energy products, putting Beijing in further jeopardy of failing to meet purchasing commitments in its phase-one trade deal with the U.S., according to analysts and researchers.

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Only about half of the World Trade Organization members that have imposed export restrictions have notified them to the WTO, the institution said on Thursday, arguing that the lack of transparency “harms and delays” the fight against COVID-19.

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A limited deal between the U.S. and Brazil on trade facilitation, regulatory practices and transparency is feasible and in both countries’ interests, according to Kellie Meiman Hock, a former director for Brazil and the Southern Cone in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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April 22, 2020

The U.S., European Union, Japan, Brazil and 19 other World Trade Organization members agreed on Wednesday to maintain “open and predictable trade” in agricultural goods amid the novel coronavirus pandemic by securing supply chains, not imposing export restrictions and exercising restraint in creating food stocks.

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China’s supreme court on Tuesday issued guidelines to strengthen its intellectual property regime that embody many of the commitments Beijing made in its phase-one trade agreement with the U.S.

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The U.S. is opposing Canada’s plan to seek retaliation in a World Trade Organization dispute over U.S. countervailing duties on supercalendered paper, arguing that the Appellate Body report is not valid and normal adoption and retaliation procedures do not apply.

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency on Tuesday offered more details on its plans for exemptions to a temporary rule banning some medical supplies from being shipped overseas, which lawyers for U.S. and foreign companies said provided much-needed clarification for exporters.

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March 30, 2020

Trade ministers from G20 countries on Monday said any “emergency measures” to address the coronavirus pandemic must be temporary and consistent with World Trade Organization rules.

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The U.S. agricultural community is urging the Trump administration to ensure temporary foreign workers will be able to reach farms in the U.S. amid fears that the coronavirus pandemic could result in a labor shortage that might leave crops that are normally exported unharvested.

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