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March 27, 2002

March 22, 2002

Pettigrew said that Canada had “scored points” with its proposals for reform of provincial timber policies. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick, Commerce Secretary Don Evans and even President Bush had acknowledged “impressive progress” in the talks with respect to the reforms, according to Pettigrew.

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March 21, 2002

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick this week accused the European Union of overreacting to the U.S. steel safeguard and questioned the EU's plans for a provisional safeguard to guard against a surge in steel imports that cannot enter the U.S. market.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick has signaled the U.S. will consider trading partners' requests for compensation to offset the trade damage their steel exports will suffer under this month's U.S. steel safeguard action.

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March 19, 2002

Some Canadian industry groups believe the Coalition would be less willing to accept a deal after the final duties are announced on March 21, a perception Coalition sources insist is inaccurate. Other Canadian industry groups believe the final AD and CVD numbers will be lower than the preliminary findings of 19.3 countervailing duty and an average antidumping duty of 12.6 percent, which would make Canada's negotiating position stronger after Commerce issues its final numbers.

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March 15, 2002

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March 06, 2002

Steel tariffs announced by President Bush this week and scheduled to take effect March 20 impose a steep 30 percent tariff on flat and long products in the first year of the safeguard, but the tariff drops off sharply by six percent each in the subsequent years.

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February 15, 2002

The rules negotiating group, which covers antidumping and countervailing duty procedures and disciplines on fishery subsidies, will be chaired by New Zealand's WTO Ambassador Tim Groser.

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February 13, 2002

February 12, 2002

House offices said the Administration probably never expected to grant most of the demands on Pakistan's list. Instead, they said the Administration's strategy was to present what was considered a politically realistic pledge to Pakistan --

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February 11, 2002