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June 26, 2019

A Commerce Department nominee who helped write a report on the national security implications of auto and auto parts imports is being held up in Congress over concerns about the investigation, which President Trump has said could lead to tariffs, Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) told Inside U.S. Trade on Tuesday.

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June 25, 2019

FedEx is suing the Commerce Department over the implementation of the Export Control Reform Act, claiming that a lack of a safe harbor for common carriers in the U.S. Export Administration Regulations violates the company’s Fifth Amendment rights.

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After meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday, the leader of a House task force on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s biologics provisions said the USTR appeared open to making changes to the deal.

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Mexico has outlined and submitted to Capitol Hill a “proposed roadmap” showing how it plans to implement its labor law reforms through 2023.

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U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet on Tuesday with a House working group tasked to work with the administration on Democratic concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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June 24, 2019

Mexican labor unions -- most of them employer-dominated -- are challenging the constitutionality of newly passed labor legislation required by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with nearly 100 separate cases filed in district courts this month.

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In response to France’s imposition of a digital services tax, Treasury Secretary Steven Mncuhin should consider using a provision of the Internal Revenue Code that allows the president to double tax rates for foreign companies and individuals, the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee said on Monday

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The European Union will bring its dispute with the U.S. over Spanish olives to a panel at the World Trade Organization, while China has agreed to implement reforms to its administration of agricultural tariff-rate quotas after losing a dispute with the U.S. earlier this year, according to member statements from a Dispute Settlement Body meeting on Monday.

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The Supreme Court this week declined to hear a case challenging the constitutionality of the Section 232 statute, sending the challenge to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows U.S. government procurement contracts are more likely to be awarded to foreign companies when subject to international trade commitments, prompting two Democratic senators to call for expanded “Buy America” laws.

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June 21, 2019

As World Trade Organization plurilateral negotiations on electronic commerce resumed this week, business groups released their digital trade priorities, emphasizing the need for an “ambitious” agreement that enshrines the free flow of data across borders.

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As trade associations and large companies continue to voice opposition of new tariffs on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods, hundreds of domestic producers and four manufacturing and labor groups sent a letter to President Trump on Friday urging him to maintain his hardline approach to China.

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June 20, 2019

President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Thursday to discuss several trade irritants, including duties on Canadian softwood lumber and the prospect of U.S. national security tariffs on uranium, as well as efforts to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.

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A vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement ahead of Capitol Hill’s August recess is “not going to happen,” House Ways & Means trade subcommittee Chairman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) said on Thursday.

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The chairman of a key committee in the Mexican Senate told his U.S. counterparts this month that Mexican workers in the tomato industry could lose their jobs if the U.S. doesn't agree to a new suspension agreement, which could make them turn to immigration “as an option.”

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The Chinese Cyberspace Administration last week issued a draft regulation that would make it more difficult for companies doing business in China to send data outside of the country, moving closer to implement an aspect of the new Cybersecurity Law that has drawn the ire of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and American businesses.

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The tariff-centric trade policies of the Trump administration are giving countries in the Indo-Pacific region license to enact their own protectionist policies and trade practices, analysts said on Wednesday.

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June 19, 2019

The Trump administration will respond “very strongly” to countries that impose duties on digital services, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer told lawmakers on Wednesday -- the same day leaders of the congressional Digital Trade Caucus pushed for more action on the issue.

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President Trump is likely to delay tariffs on roughly $300 billion worth of Chinese goods after he meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the G20 meeting in Osaka, Japan, next week, trade, investment and political analysts said on Wednesday.

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Members of the House Ways & Means Committee on Wednesday highlighted countries around the globe they feel are ripe for trade agreements with the U.S., with some urging that talks be promptly initiated as the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and China trade issues are worked out.

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