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(Daily News)
April 16, 2021

Environmental concerns can be incorporated into regular, non-discriminatory trade rules, Jean-Marie Paugam, France’s permanent representative to the World Trade Organization, said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
April 16, 2021

The Treasury Department on Friday added Taiwan to a list of countries that meet its currency manipulator criteria, which also includes Vietnam and Switzerland, but said there was insufficient evidence that any of the three was using foreign exchange intervention to gain an advantage and did not affix the “currency manipulator” label to them.


(Daily News)
April 08, 2021

New World Trade Organization rules aimed at reining in trade practices that harm the environment are likely to be negotiated only among a plurilateral group of members in the short term, a top Canadian agriculture official said on Wednesday, even as analysts push for countries to do more.


(Daily News)
April 06, 2021

More than four dozen lawmakers are pressing U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to negotiate an agreement to end all tariffs on distilled spirits and wine between the U.S. and Europe, arguing the U.S. whiskey industry, in particular, has suffered significantly and will face an even larger burden when tariffs increase on June 1.


(Daily News)
March 31, 2021

China still “has work to do” on intellectual property rights protection improvements mandated under its phase-one trade deal with the U.S., the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative says in its annual National Trade Estimate, an exhaustive list of concerns about trade barriers worldwide.


(Daily News)
March 30, 2021

Congress and the administration should start working now to renew Trade Promotion Authority so the U.S. is able to pursue future trade goals, such as concluding negotiations with the United Kingdom, opening new markets in Africa and potentially even rejoining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Tuesday.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The United Kingdom and India defended their digital services taxes this week after the U.S. on Friday announced it would seek comments on a list of tariffs it could impose on a handful of countries in retaliation for DSTs, which the U.S. says unfairly target major American tech companies.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2021

The co-chairs of the congressional Digital Trade Caucus want U.S. Trade Representative Katherina Tai to “embrace a bold digital trade strategy” that pushes back on what they allege are protectionist and discriminatory policies originating in Europe and Asia.


(In Trade)
March 25, 2021

 “Our partnership on facilitating trusted data flows will support economic recovery after the global pandemic, to the benefit of citizens and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.”


(Daily News)
March 24, 2021

U.S. and European leaders should not waste the window they have in the coming years to solidify the trans-Atlantic relationship and reshape – and revitalize – the deep economic ties to ensure they continue to be the foundation of the global economy, analysts argued on Wednesday.


(In Trade)
March 24, 2021

“We know that our allies have complex relationships with China that won’t always align perfectly. But we need to navigate these challenges together.”


(In Trade)
March 24, 2021

The USTR and her counterpart addressed “large non-market economies,” aircraft subsidies, WTO reform and more.


(In Trade)
March 23, 2021

The ‘Toasts Not Tariffs Coalition’ says “absent urgent action … we fear many small U.S. distilleries and wineries will be destroyed.”


(Daily News)
March 22, 2021

Newly installed U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday took her first step toward meeting the Biden administration’s goal of better trans-Atlantic ties, speaking with her European and British counterparts about how to resolve aircraft subsidy disputes and how trade policy can combat climate change, as well as issues related to China and cooperation on World Trade Organization reform.


(In Trade)
March 15, 2021

He was picked over Sweden’s Cecilia Malmström after the two emerged as the candidates with the widest support.


(In Trade)
March 11, 2021

“Next stop: finding solutions on future subsidies for the aircraft sector,” said the EU’s trade commissioner.


(Daily News)
March 10, 2021

The U.S. and European Union should address the rise of China by leading a new initiative at the World Trade Organization to develop rules to ensure “competitive neutrality,” a top EU trade official said on Wednesday, citing industrial subsidies, state-owned enterprises and forced technology transfers as part of the scope.


(In Trade)
March 10, 2021

“First insist upon a truly meaningful dialogue with the European Union and other WTO members to explore why the Appellate Body felt free to overreach,” the former WTO ambassador writes.


(Daily News)
March 09, 2021

While the Biden administration might not pursue comprehensive trade pacts early on, it is likely to consider sectoral deals -- such as an agreement with the European Union on a carbon border-adjustment mechanism -- “sooner rather than later,” a member of the president’s Office of the U.S. Trade Representative transition team said on Tuesday.


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