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October 09, 2019

The U.S. must “neuter” the World Trade Organization's Appellate Body to ensure needed reforms, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said on Wednesday.

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October 08, 2019

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador on Tuesday will send a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) urging her to put the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to a vote, he told reporters this week.

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GENEVA – A dozen World Trade Organization members have proposed that the General Council extend the moratorium on duties on electronic transmissions through the next ministerial conference in June. 

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October 07, 2019

The digital trade deal struck between Washington and Tokyo includes first-ever language on information and communication technology goods, taxation and security exceptions, according to the text of the agreement released on Monday.

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The digital trade deal struck between Washington and Tokyo includes language similar to the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement's, including provisions on information and communication technology goods, taxation and security exceptions, according to the text of the agreement released on Monday.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit is poised to move on a case involving a Section 232 challenge initiated by the American Institute for International Steel after receiving responses from the group and the Trump administration.

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U.S. business groups are largely touting a deal struck last month that will allow the U.S. to charge more for international mail deliveries, but the effect on trade flows, particularly with China, remains unclear.

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October 04, 2019

The proposed budget cut to Mexico’s Labor Ministry in 2020 is not an accurate reflection of the resources Mexico is dedicating to implement labor reform laws called for in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, a top Mexican official said on Thursday in response to concerns raised by lawmakers and labor groups in the U.S.

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Developments in Hong Kong could change the course of the U.S.-China trade talks, but President Trump’s request that China open an investigation on presidential candidate Joe Biden and the House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry are unlikely to impact the negotiations, according to White House National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow.

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Key House Democrats have received a new proposal crafted by Rep. Andy Levin (D-MI) that would address labor concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement in part by requiring Mexico to implement labor reforms in at least 500 workplaces before the trade deal is ratified, Inside U.S. Trade has learned.

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NEW YORK CITY -- The World Trade Organization’s national security exemption allows the U.S. to ban Chinese information and communication technology exports, a Commerce Department official said on Wednesday.

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October 03, 2019

The China Chamber of International Commerce said on Wednesday that China has lived up to its World Trade Organization commitments and that the U.S. has improperly included the country’s implementation of dispute rulings, or lack thereof, as evidence of non-compliance.

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The U.S. decision to impose tariffs on the European Union in retaliation for subsidies provided to Airbus will make trans-Atlantic negotiations on aircraft “more complicated” and push the EU to impose its own retaliatory tariffs when authorized to do so, the EU Commission said this week.

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The “ordinary meaning” of the World Trade Organization’s national security exemption and its negotiating history will show the U.S. invocation of it to justify Section 232 tariffs is a “sovereign right” that is not subject to legal review, the U.S. has declared in its first written submissions in several closely related disputes.

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October 02, 2019

The United States will impose 10 percent tariffs on aircraft and 25 percent tariffs on agricultural and industrial goods from the European Union in retaliation for illegal subsidies EU member states provided to Airbus, according to senior administration officials.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told reporters on Wednesday she is committed to resolving issues with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement despite an impeachment probe into President Trump -- a position Trump reduced to a “camouflage for trying to win an election.”

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A World Trade Organization arbitrator has granted the United States the right to retaliate annually on almost $7.5 billion worth of European goods for illegal subsidies that member states provided to Airbus – even though a compliance panel is set to rule later this month on whether the illegal measures have been removed.

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High-level trade talks between the U.S. and India are slated to continue this week as the two countries attempt to reach a limited trade agreement, though sources say gaps remain on issues including Indian price controls on medical devices and tariffs on information and communications technology products.

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October 01, 2019

The U.S. business community will not let lawmakers link the push to ratify the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to the impeachment process that House Democrats have initiated, U.S. Chamber of Commerce officials said on Tuesday, suggesting the deal's passage could serve as a sign from both sides that they can still legislate despite the divisive proceedings.

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President Trump could move forward with most U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement provisions without congressional approval, according to a report published on Tuesday by the National Taxpayers Union Foundation.

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