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(Daily News)
July 17, 2020

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.


(In Trade)
July 14, 2020

“Reduces costs and streamlines the process for anyone involved in the organic livestock supply chain by requiring only one organic certification.”


(Daily News)
July 09, 2020

Japan remains one of the few major non-U.S. economies that has not signed up to the European Union-led stopgap appeals arrangement at the World Trade Organization, arguing on Wednesday that any interim plan must be established with an eye toward a long-term solution.


(Daily News)
July 08, 2020

Citing market-access disadvantages, 50 House lawmakers from both sides of the aisle this week called on the administration to “swiftly” pursue a comprehensive phase-two deal with the Japan.


(Daily News)
June 30, 2020

The U.S. on Monday backed Japan’s invocation of the World Trade Organization national security exception in a dispute with South Korea over semiconductor materials. The U.S. has cited the same provision in challenges to its steel and aluminum tariffs.


(Daily News)
May 13, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Japanese Foreign Affairs Minister Toshimitsu Motegi this week affirmed a joint hope to reform the World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement system and forge new e-commerce rules, according to USTR.


(Daily News)
March 23, 2020

Japan is lobbying additional Asian countries to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership in a bid to reduce supply-chain dependency on China, according to a report out of Japan.


(Daily News)
March 20, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, like all other federal agencies, is adapting to life during a global pandemic that has radically overhauled how many work. But how, exactly, the new reality is affecting its operations is not known -- and USTR isn’t saying. 


(Daily News)
March 19, 2020

Dan DiMicco, a member of USTR’s chief advisory panel and a longtime adviser to President Trump, said the administration’s trade team is working on business as usual despite complications caused by the coronavirus pandemic.


(Daily News)
February 28, 2020

President Trump this week decided not to impose Section 232 duties on titanium sponge imports despite the Commerce Department’s determination that they threaten national security. 


(In Trade)
December 16, 2019

Earlier this month the upper house of the Japanese Diet approved the pacts after the lower house advanced them in November.


(In Trade)
December 04, 2019

“We expect the president to sign the implementing proclamation for the United States next week,” USTR Lighthizer said in a statement.


(Daily News)
November 27, 2019

A group of outside advisers to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is calling for more robust cybersecurity and information communications technology accords between the U.S. and Japan.


(Daily News)
November 26, 2019

In securing an initial deal with Japan, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative did not meet several of the negotiating objectives required by law, according to an advisory group that includes representatives from states, counties and municipal governments.


(Daily News)
November 20, 2019

Several members of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee on Wednesday blasted the administration for neglecting to conduct meaningful consultations during their negotiations with Japan as required by the 2015 Trade Promotion Authority law.


(Daily News)
November 19, 2019

Republican Senate Finance Committee members Rob Portman (OH) and Tim Scott (SC) said the administration’s lack of announcement on the Section 232 auto probe this month suggests the president may forgo imposing tariffs on key allies.


(In Trade)
November 19, 2019

This week’s move allows the upper house time to ratify the deal before the Diet session ends on Dec. 9.


(In Trade)
November 19, 2019

No administration officials are scheduled to appear at Wednesday’s hearing.


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