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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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The Commerce Department on Tuesday issued proposed regulations that would allow it to block foreign information and communications technology and services from entering the U.S. if the Commerce secretary determines they posed national security risks.

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In securing an initial deal with Japan, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not meet several of the negotiating objectives required by law, according to an advisory group that includes representatives from states, counties and municipal governments.

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November 25, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador this week will send a communiqué to Capitol Hill asking for no further U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement delays, he said on Monday.

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As a U.S. trade delegation visited New Delhi last week, U.S. industry sources expressed some optimism about the pace of negotiations on a limited trade deal but said they were unsure whether a resolution could be reached before the end of 2019 and the start of U.S. presidential elections.

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November 22, 2019

The U.S. this week lobbed a new criticism at the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body, arguing that the WTO compensation structure incentivizes the use of Rule 15, which allows former Appellate Body members to work on pending appeals after their term has ended.

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The U.S. International Trade Commission determined on Friday that the U.S. industry has been harmed by dumped fresh tomatoes from Mexico, meaning a suspension agreement signed earlier this year by the Commerce Department and Mexican tomato growers will remain in effect.

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Mexico’s Chamber of Deputies on Thursday approved a 2020 federal budget that includes additional funding for the implementation of labor reforms required under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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The Chinese military has not invaded Hong Kong and killed thousands of protesters because President Trump told Chinese President Xi Jinping that doing so would have a “tremendous negative impact” on the chances the U.S. and China would reach a trade deal, Trump claimed during a Friday interview on Fox News.

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November 21, 2019

The ongoing U.S. block of new nominations to the World Trade Organization Appellate Body has given the U.S. leverage to enact reform of the body, but the window for solutions could be limited as operating without the formal appeals system becomes the new normal, analysts said on Thursday.

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A major auto dealers group says it would consider mounting a legal challenge if President Trump moves forward with Section 232 tariffs on autos because of a Court of International Trade opinion last week in a case involving similar tariffs on Turkish steel.

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House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said he will send U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer another set of counterproposals after the two sides narrowed differences over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday.

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House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said he will send U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer another set of counterproposals after the two sides narrowed differences over the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) on Thursday questioned whether a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement vote could happen before the end of the year.

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November 20, 2019

Mexico’s lower house for the second time in two weeks has delayed approval of its FY2020 budget due to protests occurring outside of the Chamber of Deputies, pushing back the timeline for Mexico to approve funds to implement labor reforms that U.S. labor groups deem critical to their support of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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