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November 05, 2018

The Mexican Senate likely will approve the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement despite a lack of cohesion in the incoming president's party, Morena, which has control of the body, analysts said.

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November 02, 2018

President Trump on Friday said progress had been made in trade talks with China and suggested a deal could be struck with Beijing.

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President Trump's nearly two years in office have upended free trade orthodoxy -- he has imposed tariffs, threatened to withdraw from various multilateral agreements, targeted trade relationships with longtime U.S. allies -- and thrust trade into the limelight on the midterm campaign trail.

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A joint proposal on transparency issued by the United States, European Union, Japan, Argentina and Costa Rica would strip members of the World Trade Organization of their rights in the body if they fail to live up to the notification commitments prescribed in the WTO agreements.

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Trade officials from the U.S. and Ecuador will meet in the coming weeks under the auspices of a resurrected Trade and Investment Council, according to Ecuador's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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November 01, 2018

The U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum, slated for this week, has been delayed as trade talks between the two countries have failed to generate enough momentum to justify a tentative plan for U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to travel to New Delhi, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Labor provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, while an improvement over the original NAFTA, are unlikely to make a “meaningful difference” for North American workers, the AFL-CIO said this week.

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An analysis commissioned by the Farm Foundation shows that an estimated $450 million in export gains for U.S. agriculture under the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement would be undermined by an $1.8 billion loss due to retaliatory tariffs from the two countries.

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Industry groups this week weighed in on the economic impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with several calling on the U.S. International Trade Commission to scrutinize how new auto rule-of-origin provisions will impact certain sectors.

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October 31, 2018

U.S. business groups say a proposed European digital services tax is a trade barrier that would discriminate against U.S. firms and violate the World Trade Organization’s General Agreement on Trade in Services.

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The U.S. this week further detailed its objections to how the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body functions, arguing that the Dispute Settlement Understanding expressly forbids the issuance of “advisory opinions.”

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President Trump this week said the U.S. would like to strike a bilateral trade deal with Brazil as soon as possible.

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International Trade Commission members on Tuesday asked the aluminum industry why it did not ask for for an investigation into common alloy aluminum sheet imports before the Commerce Department self-initiated anti-dumping and countervailing duty probes earlier this year.

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October 30, 2018

Less than a year after its signing -- and in spite of a U.S. withdrawal -- the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership is set to take effect at the end of 2018 after Australia on Tuesday became the sixth country to ratify the pact.

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Technology policy experts and foreign officials are eyeing a U.S.-Japan Free Trade Agreement as a platform for digital trade rules that the rest of the world -- including China -- can follow.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week asked the International Trade Commission to provide reports on the potential economic effects of providing duty-free treatment for competitive imports from Japan, as well as the impact of removing some agriculture tariffs.

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October 29, 2018

The European Union is not convinced the Trump administration is interested in a trade deal to reduce non-auto industrial tariffs to zero, France’s ambassador to the United States said on Monday.

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The U.S. on Monday denied requests from several World Trade Organization members to establish panels in disputes over Section 232 tariffs, arguing a WTO ruling on the U.S. use of a national security justification would delegitimize the organization.

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October 26, 2018

OTTAWA – The long-running debate over whether the World Trade Organization should continue to pursue the single undertaking of the Doha Development Agenda is continuing to plague WTO reform efforts, with Doha proponents not yet on board with an overhaul, according to an official who participated in the WTO reform ministerial in Canada this week.

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U.S. and Mexican officials are eyeing late next week or the week after for the start of formal negotiations aimed at arriving at a Section 232 resolution that is palatable for both countries, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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