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March 11, 2019

The chief negotiators for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement last week squared off over issues related to de minimis levels, steel and aluminum tariffs and changes to the deal’s state-to-state dispute settlement provisions.

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Rep. Bill Pascrell (D-NJ)'s push to open a Section 232 investigation into imports of carbon emissions poses a range of questions about feasibility, including its World Trade Organization viability, analysts told Inside U.S. Trade.

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March 08, 2019

World Trade Organization negotiations on e-commerce must take into account the special constraints that developing countries faced, China argued this week at the first meeting of the plurilateral talks on Wednesday, emphasizing its view that stands in direct opposition to that of the U.S.

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A senior White House official on Friday pushed back against claims that the U.S. and the European Union were far apart in early trade talks.

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A coalition of border state organizations and companies, along with Arizona lawmakers, is pushing back against the Trump administration's announcement last month of its intent to withdraw from a suspension agreement with Mexico over fresh tomatoes.

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March 07, 2019

In an initial e-commerce plurilateral negotiating round this week, the U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization warned participants against settling for “an agreement for agreement’s sake” instead of a “high-standard” deal that would apply to all participating countries.

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The key to the Trump administration's concern about the World Trade Organization is the WTO's inability to negotiate new rules to keep pace with the changing global economy, a White House trade adviser said on Thursday, acknowledging that while the crisis facing the Appellate Body is a problem, resolving it will not address all of the issues facing the institution.

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European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström said on Thursday the United States and European Union could complete a trade deal on industrial goods by October, but said “it takes two to tango.”

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March 06, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has instructed his staff to work with Sens. Pat Toomey (R-PA), Rob Portman (R-OH) and Democrats to craft a bill restricting President Trump's national-security tariff powers that would win enough support to override a veto, he said on Wednesday.

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U.S. industry witnesses at a U.S. International Trade Commission hearing on a potential U.S.-UK trade deal on Wednesday grappled with how the United Kingdom's tariff schedule and regulatory regime, among other outstanding issues, will be shaped by Brexit.

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House Ways & Means Committee ranking member Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Wednesday blasted a proposal released by France’s Finance Ministry that would tax technology companies -- including U.S.-based giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google -- for digital sales made in France.

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Trade growth has slowed considerably since 2017 due to a host of restrictions and continuing uncertainties stemming from the U.S.-China relationship and Brexit developments, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said this week.

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March 05, 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Tuesday that the removal of Section 232 tariffs on Canada and Mexico was the “first step” toward the passage of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, after which some Democratic concerns about the deal's environmental and labor provisions would have to be “accommodated.”

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Senate Finance Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) on Tuesday said the administration decided to terminate India’s preferential trade treatment under the Generalized System of Preferences because New Delhi “hasn’t engaged enough” on market-access issues.

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Officials from several Southeast Asian and Pacific embassies this week said they agreed that the U.S.-China trade dispute is at the forefront of their radars, while noting the dispute's impact on investment and trade in the region remains both an opportunity and a concern.

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March 04, 2019

The Commerce Department on Monday initiated a Section 232 investigation into titanium sponge imports, the fifth national security-based trade probe initiated by the Trump administration.

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The U.S. plans to end the preferential trade treatment afforded to India and Turkey under the Generalized System of Preferences, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Monday.

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Rep. Suzan DelBene (D-WA) on Monday criticized China’s inclusion in the e-commerce plurilateral negotiations that a group of 76 World Trade Organization members will launch this month, saying that China’s participation opens the door for obstruction and a weaker deal.

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Despite significant progress made between Washington and Beijing since last December, a final trade deal could “fall apart” at the last minute, Secretary of State Michael Pompeo said on Monday.

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March 01, 2019

China’s ambassador to the World Trade Organization this week sharply rebuked a U.S. proposal crafted to greatly reduce the number of WTO members that qualify for developing country status and benefit from special and differential treatment.

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