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April 19, 2002

“The real question is, can we develop enough of a consensus among steel-making countries of the world that there is a will --

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But U.S. officials rejected that charge, stressing that with respect to existing agreements, it is very clear that U.S. commitments apply not just to the federal government but to state measures as well. “In this instance, if we get to the point of actually negotiating specific disciplines --

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Russia may believe that it can be competitive in some products despite the safeguard, and may not have much incentive to keep the hot-rolled suspension agreement in place. Medvedkov said that the suspension agreement --

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April 17, 2002

In the lead-up to a May 1 U.S.-European summit, U.S. trade officials were floating the idea that the two trading partners should endorse a bilateral free-trade agreement as a positive trade agenda item aimed at offsetting the current trade tensions, according to government sources.

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April 16, 2002

He emphasized that the Administration would “obviously” be involved in consultations with Thomas on this issue, which he said has to be addressed as a tax matter since the WTO ruled against a provision of the Internal Revenue Code.

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April 15, 2002

Southern member states, particularly France, are taking a harder line on the steel tariffs. Whether the Commission would be able to secure a two-thirds majority of member states for early retaliation may depend on the position to be taken by the United Kingdom and the Netherlands --

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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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