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USTR

(In Trade)
August 01, 2019

“It is the least we can do to put in place a fair, orderly process to determine whether a business qualifies for a tariff waiver.”


(In Trade)
August 01, 2019

Timothy Reif was a holdover from the Obama administration, for which he was USTR general counsel.


(Daily News)
July 30, 2019

Senate Finance Committee members on Tuesday addressed U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement enforcement options that the Trump administration and House Democrats might consider as they work to reach agreement on areas of concern with the deal.


(In Trade)
July 30, 2019

“The problem with them waiting, however, is that if & when I win, the deal that they get will be much tougher than what we are negotiating now … or no deal at all. We have all the cards, our past leaders never got it!”


(In Trade)
July 29, 2019

Warren’s plan calls for a slew of changes including increasing transparency during negotiations, creating independent commissions to monitor compliance with labor and environmental standards and renegotiating trade deals with countries that do not meet a set of nine criteria.


(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Friday took action against illegal logging in Peru, barring a Peruvian company from exporting timber into the U.S. -- a move that may help the administration ease Democrats’ concerns over the enforceability of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(In Trade)
July 26, 2019

“We will announce a substantial reciprocal action on Macron’s foolishness shortly. I’ve always said American wine is better than French wine!”


(Daily News)
July 26, 2019

New Democrat Coalition members this week encouraged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to continue working with a group of House lawmakers on U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement issues before moving forward with ratification, hoping they can make progress even during the August congressional recess, Rep. Derek Kilmer (D-WA) told Inside U.S. Trade.


(Daily News)
July 25, 2019

The U.S. and India should set an ambitious goal for their trading relationship to better manage trade tensions between the two countries, the head of a major business group tells Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
July 24, 2019

“Time is short, and immediate action is necessary.”


(In Trade)
July 23, 2019

On the agenda: The U.S. goods deficit and “the pressing trade concerns at the heart of the ongoing GSP reviews of pork market access and worker rights in Thailand,” USTR said.


(In Trade)
July 18, 2019

The report recommends that U.S. and India seek modest short-term agreements in lieu of a broader free trade deal.


(Daily News)
July 16, 2019

Congressional Democrats want to ensure a vote on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement does not “languish into next year,” House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) told reporters on Tuesday after meeting with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).


(In Trade)
July 15, 2019

The Working Group also discussed financial services; sustainability/labor, environment; trade remedies; industrial subsidies; intellectual property; anti-corruption and small and medium-sized enterprises,” according to USTR.


(In Trade)
July 12, 2019

The letter calls for amending the deal to reflect “the balance achieved in the bipartisan May 10, 2007, agreement.”


(Daily News)
July 12, 2019

The U.S. and India are at a “pivotal juncture” in their trade relationship, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Jeffrey Gerrish said on Thursday, acknowledging the possibility of additional U.S. trade actions – including a Section 301 investigation – if New Delhi moves ahead with policies the U.S. has deemed unacceptable.


(Daily News)
July 11, 2019

House Democrats tapped to work with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on outstanding concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement lauded progress after talks on Wednesday, though one lawmaker assigned to address labor issues said tensions were rising over the pace of negotiations.


(In Trade)
July 11, 2019

On the agenda: Whether the French tax is discriminatory, whether it “burdens or restricts U.S. commerce,” if it violates France’s World Trade Organization obligations, and what actions, if any, the U.S. should take in response.


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