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December 08, 2019

After consulting the Mexican Senate on proposed changes to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Sunday that his government would consider accepting a late-stage U.S. steel demand if it is implemented more than five years after the pact enters into force.

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December 06, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering tariffs of up to 100 percent on a host of European goods including aircraft parts, agricultural goods and a variety of other products as part of its review of the retaliation it has imposed on the European Union for subsidies it provides to Airbus, according to a draft Federal Register notice set to be published next week.

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The U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization signaled on Friday that the U.S. was unlikely to agree to any Appellate Body resolution at the General Council meeting next week, reaffirming the Trump administration's stance that members must first identify the “underlying problems.”

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Despite new U.S. demands that have further complicated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement talks, Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade on Friday expressed confidence that all issues could be resolved.

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Ahead of an eventful week in Geneva, several members of the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday introduced a resolution calling on the Trump administration to recommit to the World Trade Organization and address longstanding dispute settlement concerns.

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Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week told the head of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development that the U.S. had concerns with a proposed tax framework crafted to pre-empt the need for digital services taxes and suggested a new approach the OECD warned could imperil the timeline for concluding the negotiations.

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December 05, 2019

The future of Appellate Body reform at the World Trade Organization likely lies with the fate of its director of nearly 15 years -- a powerful but divisive bureaucrat who is seen by some as a committed public servant safeguarding the institution and by others as a dictatorial workaholic who wields improper influence over appellate rulings.

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A new wrench has been thrown into U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations between Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a key lawmaker told reporters on Thursday.

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Several foreign governments and U.S. companies are pushing the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend that the president increase the amount of solar cells that can be imported under a safeguard remedy imposed in 2018.

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December 04, 2019

As U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement advocates push for a vote on the trade deal before the end of the year, Mexico’s chief negotiator said little real progress had been made in resolving a handful of outstanding differences with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during nearly seven hours of meetings on Wednesday.

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday expressed concern about reports the Trump administration is willing to give up language on protections for biologic drugs in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, but one ardent supporter of strong data exclusivity provisions in trade deals suggested the move would not affect his support for USMCA.

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The World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body could complete work on four of 14 pending appeals despite an expected shutdown of the appellate system beginning next week, according to the Dispute Settlement Body chairman, leaving ten cases in limbo.

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The U.S. and Switzerland can and should put aside regulatory and agriculture market-access issues and find a way to strike a bilateral trade deal in the near future, Swiss Ambassador to the U.S. Jacques Pitteloud said on Tuesday.

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December 03, 2019

U.S. and Indian negotiators working on a partial trade agreement are focusing on reducing tariffs on goods that will benefit the U.S. over China, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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Three World Trade Organization Appellate Body members on Tuesday condemned what they called media “misrepresentations” of their conduct, particularly their assertions during a discussion with the WTO director-general about the director of the Appellate Body Secretariat.

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The Chinese government might soon expedite the publication of an “unreliable entities list” that would restrict designated businesses’ ability to do business in China, according to a report from an official media source that called the potential move a response to a bill the U.S. House is expected to pass this week condemning human-rights violations against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang province.

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As the U.S. International Trade Commission wraps up a midterm review of Section 201 restrictions on imports of solar products imposed last year, a co-petitioner in the case, Suniva, Inc., is calling for a more stringent remedy while the Solar Energy Industries Association is pushing for the elimination of tariff-rate quotas.

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December 02, 2019

A major Mexican business group this week contended that some labor proposals recently advanced by Washington to strengthen the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will do the opposite and pledged to support countermoves by the Mexican government if necessary.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Monday proposed imposing 100 percent tariffs on $2.4 billion worth of French goods in retaliation for France’s digital services tax, which the Trump administration says discriminates against U.S. companies.

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As World Trade Organization members consider whether to allow soon-to-be-former Appellate Body adjudicators to stay on to resolve pending appeals, one of them is poised to step down for good, claiming the WTO continues to refuse to take action to reform the body.

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