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Commerce Department

(In Trade)
June 19, 2018

“The Senate Finance Committee – which has jurisdiction over international trade policy – will further examine Section 232 and opportunities for a better course forward.”


(In Trade)
June 19, 2018

The mission “underscores the Trump administration’s commitment to both advance opportunities and to eliminate trade barriers to strengthen the U.S.-Africa commercial relationship.”


(In Trade)
June 18, 2018

The U.S. Aluminum Association announced and lauded new duties on imports.


(In Trade)
June 18, 2018

“Current lumber shortages and high prices for U.S. homebuyers could have been avoided if the Commerce Department had seized the opportunity last fall to sign a lasting agreement in this sector.”


(In Trade)
June 14, 2018

The U.S. Lumber Coalition says the letter “states that anti-dumping and countervailing duties imposed by the U.S. on Canadian softwood lumber are the chief driver of current lumber prices, a claim that is inaccurate.”


(Daily News)
June 14, 2018

The Trump administration hopes to complete its Section 232 investigation into the national security implications of autos and auto parts imports before voters head to the polls in November, potentially putting Republican lawmakers who oppose tariffs on autos in a precarious position, according to industry sources.


(Daily News)
June 13, 2018

The White House on Wednesday issued a soft warning to Congress against an amendment to a defense bill that would re-impose potentially fatal penalties on Chinese telecommunications giant ZTE and undo a less severe deal it agreed to with the Trump administration earlier this month.


(In Trade)
June 13, 2018

Announcing a June 20 hearing, Chairman Hatch says the tariffs “are ultimately paid by American consumers and cause harm to American manufacturers, undermining the success of tax reform.”


(Daily News)
June 12, 2018

Members of the Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday questioned nominees for key trade posts on how they would try to ensure due process is followed in Section 232 investigations and probed whether the U.S. is adequately prepared for retaliation.


(Daily News)
June 11, 2018

The Senate on Monday approved an amendment to a defense bill that would keep the Commerce Department from lifting sanctions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, but another amendment from Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), requiring congressional approval for the imposition of Section 232 tariffs, still has procedural hurdles to overcome.


(In Trade)
June 08, 2018

The Senate version of the bill was backed by the newspaper and publishing industry but opposed by the United Steelworkers.


(Daily News)
June 07, 2018

Hours after the Commerce Department announced a deal to lift sanctions on Chinese telecom giant ZTE, a move seen as linked to broader trade talks with Beijing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers announced a new effort to stop the Trump administration from easing the penalties.


(Daily News)
June 06, 2018

The Commerce Department will consider Section 232 product exclusion requests only from countries facing steel and aluminum tariffs, leaving those with quota deals unable to gain exemptions for products that are key to some U.S. businesses, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
June 05, 2018

Jeffrey Kessler is the administration's pick to serve as assistant Commerce secretary for enforcement and compliance.


(In Trade)
June 04, 2018

“A multi-year, multimillion-dollar initiative to champion the far-reaching benefits of trade and oppose tariffs and other barriers.”


(Daily News)
June 04, 2018

With Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross unable to seal commitments from China to purchase agricultural and energy products after meeting with Chinese officials this weekend, sources and analysts see fading chances for a negotiated outcome between the United States and China that would forestall tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese goods from the Trump administration.


(In Trade)
June 01, 2018

Freeland says “Canada will closely collaborate with the European Union, which also filed a WTO challenge today, as well as with other like-minded countries.”


(Daily News)
June 01, 2018

PARIS – The U.S. decision to hit close allies with steel and aluminum tariffs roiled trade officials gathered here for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s annual ministerial, dampening hopes for rapprochement even as the U.S engaged with the European Union and Japan on solutions to combat overcapacity.


(Daily News)
May 31, 2018

Industry and business groups have taken now-common sides for and against the Trump administration’s decision to impose Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum from Mexico, Canada and the European Union starting June 1, with downstream manufacturers and groups susceptible to retaliation expressing dismay with the decision while steelmakers praised the move.


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