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October 17, 2018

British Ambassador to the U.S. Kim Darroch is “reasonably confident” a UK withdrawal deal will be reached with the European Union, he said on Wednesday, reiterating that the country considers a free trade agreement with the U.S. its “most important” post-Brexit priority.

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As the U.S. continues to face global and domestic pushback on Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs, as well as a probe of auto imports, the Commerce Department is continuing an under-the-radar uranium investigation that has sparked a raft of reactions.

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October 16, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has formally notified Congress of the administration's intent to negotiate trade agreements with the European Union, United Kingdom and Japan.

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Washington and Seoul will hold consultations under the auspices of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement to discuss revising the rules of origin for textile products that are not commercially available in either country.

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Washington and Seoul will hold consultations under the auspices of the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement to discuss revising the rules of origin for textile products that are not commercially available in either country.

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British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday defended her government's Brexit negotiations and attempted to assure British lawmakers that a “backstop” customs union arrangement with the European Union would only be temporary.

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October 15, 2018

The U.S. initially put forward a provision in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement that was “very rigid on trade” with China, but was persuaded to soften it, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said this week.

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America First Policies, a conservative advocacy group aligned with President Trump, this week began running ads touting the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and urging Congress to approve it.

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October 12, 2018

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Friday launched an investigation into the likely economic impacts of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a key element of the process -- and timing -- of implementing the deal in the U.S.

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The U.S. Ambassador to the World Trade Organization on Friday called out a group of what he called “middle-roader” countries for not committing to U.S. reform priorities for the WTO, saying “they really need to pick a lane.”

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The Philippines' ambassador to the U.S., Jose Manuel Romualdez, has been meeting with U.S. lawmakers to address human rights concerns ahead of the start of trade talks between the two countries.

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Despite a provision in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement that poses a “hurdle,” Mexico is “quite likely” to open trade talks with China over the next few years, the chief NAFTA negotiator for the incoming Mexican president said on Wednesday.

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October 11, 2018

Mexico demanded a cultural exemption in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada agreement after Canada was able to preserve its own carveout, Jesús Seade, chief NAFTA negotiator for Mexican president-elect Andrés Manuel López Obrador, said on Wednesday.

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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is expected to notify to Congress as soon as this week that the administration intends to formally launch trade negotiations with Japan, the European Union and the United Kingdom, according to several sources with knowledge of the plans.

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Colombia committed in April to update the U.S. every 60 days on commitments the country has made to avoid losing some benefits under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.

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October 10, 2018

The U.S. and more than a dozen other World Trade Organization countries have criticized United Kingdom and European Union plans for post-Brexit market access and government procurement, citing questions about the accuracy of the data and whether the proposals rise to the level of commitment wanted by other members.

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The Treasury Department on Wednesday moved forward with the implementation of the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act, announcing a pilot program under the law that would expand the ambit of the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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October 09, 2018

The U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement includes a chapter dedicated to digital trade issues, with new language bolstering internet service provider protections, open government data and cooperation on cybersecurity issues.

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Following meetings between trade officials from Bogota and Washington last week, the U.S. extended the deadline for Colombia to terminate a controversial truck-scrapping program by six months, according to Colombian press reports and sources familiar with the meetings.

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October 05, 2018

The environmental chapter of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement does little to reinforce the environmental protections established in recent free trade agreements, environmental groups say.

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