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November 11, 2019

World Trade Organization members have approved a new chair for the Negotiating Group on Rules, the venue for negotiations on how to curb subsidies for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, after the group went months without one.

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November 08, 2019

Data-protection legislation expected to be introduced this month in the Indian Parliament “could really set back” a potential U.S.-India trade agreement, a former U.S. trade official said on Thursday, ahead of a much-anticipated meeting between Indian Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer.

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) believes the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement could “move” as soon as next week.

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NEW YORK -- Alan Wolff, the World Trade Organization's deputy director-general, this week said a shutdown of Geneva’s appeals system, expected next month, will spark “pure chaos."

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NEW YORK -- Alan Wolff, the World Trade Organization's deputy director-general, this week said a shutdown of Geneva’s appeals system, expected next month, will spark “pure chaos."

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NEW YORK -- Alan Wolff, the World Trade Organization's deputy director-general, this week said a shutdown of Geneva’s appeals system, expected next month, was unlikely to spark “pure chaos,” as some have feared.

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The Trump administration’s refusal to allow new judges to join the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body is needed to force essential reforms in Geneva, Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) told Inside U.S. Trade this week.

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November 07, 2019

The Mexican Embassy in the U.S. is targeting first-term Democratic lawmakers in its efforts to ensure the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, the Mexican ambassador to the U.S. said on Thursday.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is pushing auto companies to commit that all of their output -- even autos manufactured and sold within the U.S. -- will meet U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement regional value requirements, tying the demand to requests for longer transition periods for complying with USMCA auto rules of origin, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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NEW YORK -- White House trade adviser Peter Navarro and former USTR General Counsel Stephen Vaughn this week said the U.S. was open to working with other countries to rein in Chinese trade behavior, but contended that multilateral efforts have often proven too slow and inefficient and questioned whether some key allies would be helpful in confronting Beijing.

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The United States has agreed to eliminate some of the tariffs it has placed on roughly $360 billion worth of Chinese goods as part of a phase-one deal with China, a Ministry of Commerce spokesman said on Thursday.

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November 06, 2019

NEW YORK -- White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Wednesday said the chances of getting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement passed this year were “dwindling” due in large part to the ongoing impeachment inquiry initiated by House Democrats.

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A final Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development framework addressing the tax challenges of the digital economy will include language mandating that countries lift any unilateral digital services tax provisions, a business group representative said on Wednesday.

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Brazil is ready for a “new generation of trade agreement” with the U.S. akin to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement, a Brazilian official said on Tuesday.

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November 05, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) “wouldn’t be opposed” to an arrangement tying a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the passage of another piece of legislation.

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Major technology industry associaitons are warning that the expiration of the World Trade Organization’s moratorium on e-commerce duties at the end of the year could lead to onerous compliance costs and harm e-commerce companies. 

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November 04, 2019

The publication of regulations crafted to implement a May executive order on protecting the U.S. information and communications technology supply chain is being delayed in part because of ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China, according to industry sources.

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Citing negotiations with foreign auto companies, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Sunday said he hopes those talks will “bear enough fruit” so the U.S. does not have to put potential Section 232 measures “fully into effect.”

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November 01, 2019

As the U.S. and India work to finalize a limited trade pact, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is tying the U.S. restoration of Generalized System of Preferences benefits to reciprocal Indian market-access concessions, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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The World Trade Organization on Friday determined China can retaliate against $3.579 billion in annual trade with the U.S. because the Commerce Department failed to comply with a ruling that faulted its use of certain methodologies in calculating antidumping duties -- including the controversial methodology known as “zeroing.”

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