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USTR

(Daily News)
August 21, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Friday began to answer the question many in Geneva have long been asking: What does the U.S. want from the World Trade Organization? And the answer is, largely, a total reset in five acts -- on tariffs, on bilateral free trade agreements, on special and differential treatment, on rules and on dispute settlement.


(Daily News)
August 21, 2020

The U.S. and the European Union on Friday announced a tariff agreement aimed at increasing trans-Atlantic market access, calling it the first such deal between Washington and Brussels in more than two decades.


(In Trade)
August 21, 2020

“We negotiated the dickens out of those,” Gregg Doud said of the deal’s agricultural provisions.


(In Trade)
August 20, 2020

Written feedback is due by Sept. 21.


(Daily News)
August 20, 2020

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Thursday pleaded for help from lawmakers, agriculture industry representatives and farmers as the administration works to develop a “realistic” solution to their longstanding concerns that imports of seasonal products from Mexico are harming the U.S. industry.


(Daily News)
August 20, 2020

The U.S. and China will hold a high-level check-in on the implementation of the phase-one trade deal in the “coming days,” the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Thursday.


(Daily News)
August 19, 2020

Key members of the Congressional India Caucus, along with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s U.S.-India Business Council, are hopeful the U.S. and India can strike a limited trade deal ahead of the U.S. presidential election.


(Daily News)
August 19, 2020

The phase-one trade agreement between the U.S. and China has been heralded as the lone remaining bright spot in the rapidly deteriorating U.S.-Sino relationship, but a six-month check-in between U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his Chinese counterpart will not be held because the Trump administration is “frustrated” by the spread of the coronavirus, according to White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.


(In Trade)
August 18, 2020

Three GOP senators urge the Trump administration to use “all available mechanisms” to ensure Mexican market access for U.S. potatoes.


(Daily News)
August 18, 2020

As the administration begins to review long-awaited challenges brought under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s labor chapter, industry groups are calling for more transparency and clarifications to improve labor complaint-submission procedures under the chapter as well as those for a new rapid-response tool.


(Daily News)
August 18, 2020

The Trump administration should not pursue a trade agreement with Taiwan if doing so could derail discussions with China, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) told reporters on Monday.


(In Trade)
August 18, 2020

“The American people should not have to rely so heavily on foreign countries for personal protective equipment.”


(In Trade)
August 18, 2020

Lawmakers from Georgia and Florida will testify on Thursday.


(In Trade)
August 17, 2020

Written comments will be solicited to inform an annual report to Congress, which is due in December.


(In Trade)
August 17, 2020

“If state governments in Mexico are able to willfully violate basic labor rights, we will urge USTR to swiftly and forcefully utilize the rapid response system in order to ensure Mexican compliance.”


(Daily News)
August 14, 2020

Arizona lawmakers this week reaffirmed their opposition to any new trade remedies for seasonal growers, warning they would harm the state’s economy and “undermine” the spirit of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement.


(Daily News)
August 14, 2020

The first high-level check-in on the implementation of the phase-one trade deal between the U.S. and China has been postponed, Reuters reported on Friday.


(Daily News)
August 14, 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer this week discussed U.S.-Africa trade relations with Reps. Dwight Evans (D-PA) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) as well as Philadelphia-area business representatives, Evans said in an Aug. 12 statement.


(In Trade)
August 13, 2020

His portfolio: Investment, services, labor, environment, Africa, China and the Western Hemisphere


(Daily News)
August 13, 2020

European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan and British Trade Secretary Liz Truss on Thursday lauded the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s decision not to further increase tariffs on European goods as it reviewed its retaliatory action imposed in response to subsidies EU member states provided to Airbus, though they reiterated opposition to ongoing duties.


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