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July 23, 2020

Mexico will initiate a dispute settlement case via the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement or World Trade Organization if the U.S. imposes trade restrictions on seasonal goods, a top Mexican official said Wednesday.

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The U.S. and India are in the homestretch of negotiations for an initial trade pact, Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal said this week, adding only a few more conversations are needed to seal the deal.

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July 22, 2020

The World Trade Organization General Council chair on Wednesday said he would likely call another General Council meeting before the organization’s August recess to finalize the director-general selection process, including the eventual naming of an acting director-general.

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If all the World Trade Organization needed to solve its problems were people with technical negotiating skill, those issues would already be resolved, Nigeria’s Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Tuesday, arguing that political experience is a key requirement of the WTO’s next director-general.

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Deputy U.S. Trade Representative nominee Michael Nemelka told members of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday that USTR, along with other government agencies, should prioritize diversifying the sourcing of rare earth minerals, which are primarily imported from China.

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July 21, 2020

As World Trade Organization members gear up for beginning text-based negotiations on curbing harmful fisheries subsidies starting in September, the U.S. on Tuesday outlined areas in the consolidated negotiating text that needed further discussion, including reiterating its opposition to the special and differential treatment proposals.

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The U.S. could take enforcement actions under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as soon as this fall, according to Michael Nemelka, the president’s nominee for deputy U.S. Trade Representative for investment, services, labor, environment, Africa, China and the Western Hemisphere.

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With her history of multilateral successes at the World Trade Organization, Kenya’s candidate to lead the institution, Amina Mohamed, is confident she can deliver once again and lead the embattled organization out of its existential crisis.

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The Indian government in comments submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week defended its digital services tax as necessary to “ensure a level-playing field,” arguing it does not discriminate against U.S. companies.

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July 20, 2020

Biomedical sciences industry executives told Export-Import Bank officials last week that the agency should rethink its U.S. content policy by factoring intellectual property and services into domestic content calculations.

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Despite assertions by President Trump that the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement will bring jobs back to the U.S., the new trade deal is among several factors making Mexico increasingly attractive to multinational corporations seeking to locate production in North America, trade consultants tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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July 17, 2020

World Trade Organization members were presented with two very different candidates vying for the director-general position on Friday – one offering a business approach to “stabilize” the organization as the other claiming a need for a battle-hardened politician.

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Mexico is imposing an ad valorem fee on certain shipments below the de minimis threshold established in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- and raised the fee on the eve of USMCA’s entry into force, U.S. companies and business groups claim, calling the moves clear violations of the deal’s new rules.

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Mexico is imposing an ad valorem fee on certain shipments below the de minimis threshold established in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement -- and raised the fee on the eve of USMCA’s entry into force, U.S. companies and business groups claim, calling the moves clear violations of the deal’s new rules.

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The United States is asking the World Trade Organization to authorize retaliatory tariffs against China for what it claims is Beijing’s failure to implement a dispute settlement panel ruling that found China was violating its agricultural domestic support commitments.

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Mobile crane imports primarily come from U.S. allies that do not pose national security threats, providing domestic consumers access to top-of-the-line infrastructure equipment, U.S. crane companies and foreign governments have told the Trump administration.

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July 16, 2020

The three director-general candidates to speak to World Trade Organization members on Thursday leaned heavily on their trade and political experience in making the case for their bids to lead the organization out of its crisis.

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The World Trade Organization’s next director-general will have to take risks and potentially ruffle feathers for the organization to start properly functioning again, according to former U.S. Trade Representatives.

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The Trump administration is not following its own guidelines and is violating “the spirit” of Trade Promotion Authority in its engagement with outside advisers on talks with the United Kingdom, a key labor advisory panel said this week.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union’s decision to invalidate the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield will prompt a host of trans-Atlantic trade disruptions, according to U.S. officials and industry groups from both sides.

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