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July 15, 2019

India and eight other World Trade Organization developing members last week said development must remain at the “core” of the institution and any future reforms, frequently countering U.S. proposals and priorities.

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July 13, 2019

President Trump on Friday said he disagreed with the Commerce Department’s conclusion that uranium imports threaten U.S. national security, and created a working group to study the nuclear fuel supply chain instead of imposing trade restrictions.

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July 12, 2019

A U.S. paper on the importance of cross-border data flows in the digital economy prompted World Trade Organization members to debate the benefits and disadvantages of a liberalized digital economy and the need to balance public policy objectives with e-commerce ambitions, a WTO official said this week.

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The U.S. and India are at a “pivotal juncture” in their trade relationship, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish said on Thursday, acknowledging the possibility of additional U.S. trade actions – including a Section 301 investigation – if New Delhi moves ahead with policies the U.S. has deemed unacceptable.

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July 11, 2019

House Democrats tapped to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on outstanding concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement lauded progress after talks on Wednesday, though one lawmaker assigned to address labor issues said tensions were rising over the pace of negotiations.

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The United Kingdom should not expect to be rewarded with a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. if the country exits the European Union without a deal, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said on Wednesday.

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France’s economy minister said the passage of a digital services tax that will hit U.S. tech companies should compel the U.S. to push more stridently for an international solution to digital taxation.

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July 10, 2019

The leaders of the Senate Finance Committee, the ranking member of the House Ways & Means Committee and several business groups on Wednesday immediately threw their support behind the Trump administration’s decision to launch a Section 301 investigation into a French digital services tax that will hit U.S. technology companies.

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A leader of the House working group on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement labor issues told Inside U.S. Trade on Wednesday that he will be traveling to Mexico next weekend to discuss “panel blocking” with Mexican officials.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to launch a Section 301 investigation into French digital services taxes U.S. lawmakers and business groups say unfairly target U.S. tech companies, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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During a World Trade Organization meeting this week, the U.S. dismissed China's concerns with the Trump administration's treatment of Chinese telecom suppliers, citing national security.

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July 09, 2019

Tuesday marked the first day the Trump administration could legally send a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement implementing bill to Capitol Hill, but National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow said the draft legislation was unlikely to be submitted before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) gave the go-ahead.

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The European Union, China and nine other World Trade Organization members last week advanced a proposal aimed at reforming committee procedures to better address countries' trade concerns.

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The European Union and 10 other World Trade Organization members last week advanced a proposal aimed at reforming committee procedures to better address countries' trade concerns.

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Chinese telecom giant Huawei will remain on the Bureau of Industry and Security’s entities list, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Tuesday, adding that export licenses for companies seeking to sell to Huawei will remain “under presumption of denial” but Commerce will issue licenses in cases when national security is not at stake.

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The U.S. and 15 other large agriculture-producing World Trade Organization members are questioning the European Union’s implementation of regulatory barriers to agricultural exports, particularly on pesticides regularly used by producers in other countries.

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July 08, 2019

Members of the New Democrat Coalition on Monday warned U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer not to send implementing legislation for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement to Congress until he has addressed Democrats’ concerns with the pact.

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The Commerce Department’s product-exclusion process for steel and aluminum unfairly favors domestic steel makers by not requiring that they prove they can replace foreign suppliers when objecting to exclusion requests, importers seeking relief from Section 232 tariffs claim.

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July 05, 2019

The United States is claiming that tariffs India imposed on U.S. goods to retaliate against Trump administration actions violate World Trade Organization rules.

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A coalition of companies operating foreign trade zones in the U.S. is calling for legislation amending U.S. law to allow de minimis entry eligibility to apply to goods withdrawn from those zones, arguing that doing so would reduce imports from China and support U.S. jobs.

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