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May 06, 2019

The Canadian government last week removed 10 percent tariffs on some boating devices as part of its efforts to reshape a list of goods hit with retaliatory tariffs in response to U.S. Section 232 restrictions imposed on steel and aluminum last May.

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May 05, 2019

President Trump on Sunday promised to impose 25 percent tariffs on the $325 billion worth of Chinese goods that have not yet been subject to U.S. tariffs and said he would raise 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of goods to 25 percent late this week.

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May 03, 2019

The U.S. and other major economic countries are calling for a World Trade Organization electronic commerce plurilateral agreement to require the free flow of data across borders, a permanent ban on customs duties for electronic transmissions and a ban on data localization, according to proposals put forward by negotiators.

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Mexican officials are in Washington, DC, this week to discuss the possibility of replacing Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum with tariff-rate quotas, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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Bemoaning a lack of outreach from the White House, Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) this week said the Trump administration was either not making the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement a “priority” or “it's not coming soon.”

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May 02, 2019

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement should be voted on even if tariffs on steel and aluminum imports are still in place, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said on Thursday, breaking from Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley’s (R-IA) assertion that unless the duties are lifted the deal is “dead.”

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As some lawmakers call on the administration to refrain from stripping India of its Generalized System of Preferences benefits in lieu of continued negotiations, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering initiating a Section 301 investigation into Indian trade practices, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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A U.S.-China trade deal that does not include major structural changes to the Chinese economy could be welcomed by many in the U.S. business community if it results in the lifting of U.S. and Chinese tariffs as well as other market-access opportunities, industry sources said.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will soon launch an exclusion process for a third set of Section 301 tariffs on Chinese goods, USTR Robert Lighthizer told Congress this week.

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May 01, 2019

Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) on Wednesday released a side-by-side comparison of Mexico’s new labor reforms to the commitments the country made in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, touting the reforms as compliant with the deal and urging its passage.

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World Trade Organization members are “pretty much in agreement” that the body must be reformed, especially its dispute settlement system, and the U.S. expects “real good conversation” on the subject at a June G20 summit in Japan, the chief agricultural negotiator for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said on Tuesday.

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The United States, European Union and Japan argued on Tuesday at the World Trade Organization that a recent report on aluminum overcapacity from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development proves the WTO’s rules on subsidies must be revisited.

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April 30, 2019

Democrats on Capitol Hill are calling the Mexican Senate's passage of a labor reform bill a step in the right direction as they continue to evaluate the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, with enforcement still a key concern.

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President Trump used a meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday to assess where they stood on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, according to participants who said they stressed the importance of enforceability during the brief discussion.

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President Trump last week suggested Washington and Tokyo could complete a bilateral pact addressing agriculture and autos issues in as little as three months, though Japanese elections and other factors could make that aggressive goal difficult to attain, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and other stakeholders.

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April 29, 2019

Norway is defending “special and differential” treatment at the World Trade Organization, arguing in a new paper that it is an “important tool” for development and rebuking as unrealistic the idea of set criteria for accessing benefits, as the U.S. has proposed.

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Thailand has suggested a host of changes to curb the World Trade Organization Appellate Body’s alleged overreach, a key U.S. concern that is driving reform discussions in Geneva.

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The Japanese government and Japan’s titanium sponge industry last week rebutted the last U.S. titanium sponge producer's claims that the U.S. should find imports a national security risk and impose restrictions.

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April 26, 2019

The U.S. decried on Friday the recent “unpersuasive” World Trade Organization dispute panel report, which found the body had the right to adjudicate a member’s use of the national security exception in a likely blow to the Trump administration’s odds of winning its own disputes over Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s latest review of U.S. trading partners’ intellectual property enforcement is a stark warning to those on its priority watch list, sources contend, pointing to more pointed language in this year's report and a pledge to take action soon.

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