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USTR

(Daily News)
October 16, 2020

A Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s currency devaluation could be designed to put further pressure on China, analysts tell Inside U.S. Trade – and could be a harbinger of future probes if President Trump wins re-election.


(In Trade)
October 16, 2020

The agreement could help strengthen the U.S.’ “economic commitment to the region and uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific,” said USTR Robert Lighthizer.


(In Trade)
October 16, 2020

The panels will review USMCA parties’ final AD/CVD determinations in lieu of judicial review in domestic courts.


(Daily News)
October 16, 2020

The U.S. and United Kingdom will have to conclude a “credible” amount of a free trade agreement ahead of the U.S. elections in November, make progress on external barriers and determine a timetable for post-election talks to complete a deal by next spring, a trans-Atlantic business group outlined in a new paper ahead of a fifth round of talks set to start next week.


(Daily News)
October 14, 2020

The Trump administration’s decision to expand a safeguard tariff on imports of solar products, as well as its reversal of an exclusion for bifacial solar panels, may be illegal, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association, which says it will consider all options to “reverse” the moves.


(Daily News)
October 14, 2020

Finance ministers from G20 countries on Wednesday endorsed a timeline for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development to negotiate an agreement addressing digital services taxes by mid-2021, pushing back an end-of-year deadline that stakeholders hoped would deter potential U.S. tariffs.


(Daily News)
October 13, 2020

The World Trade Organization on Tuesday announced the European Union will be able to impose tariffs on up to $4 billion worth of U.S. goods in retaliation for subsidies provided to Boeing, prompting an immediate pledge from the U.S. to respond if the EU imposes tariffs.


(Daily News)
October 09, 2020

The U.S. could pursue a World Trade Organization challenge if the European Union moves forward with its “Farm to Fork” agriculture strategy, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said this week, underscoring statements from other U.S. officials who say the U.S. will not allow the EU to “lead astray” international agriculture standards.


(In Trade)
October 08, 2020

“They still have time to make the goal and make the purchase amounts that they had committed to very, very publicly.”


(In Trade)
October 07, 2020

USTR is not scheduling public hearings because of COVID-19 restrictions.


(In Trade)
October 06, 2020

Lighthizer says the numbers “reflect the effects of the coronavirus on the U.S. and our trading partners.”


(In Trade)
October 05, 2020

“After promising Michiganders the moon, there’s been a net loss of over 50,000 manufacturing jobs under President Trump,” said Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI).


(Daily News)
October 05, 2020

A limited agreement on trade facilitation, good regulatory practices and anticorruption has reached the legal scrub phase, according to a key Brazilian trade official, teeing up an announcement later this month.


(Daily News)
October 02, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative plans to initiate a Section 301 investigation into Vietnam’s timber imports and currency practices, USTR announced late on Friday.  


(In Trade)
October 01, 2020

“We are confident that a U.S.-Taiwan trade agreement would promote security and economic growth for the United States, Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific as a whole.”


(Daily News)
October 01, 2020

President Trump on Wednesday declared a national emergency to address the threat of “undue” reliance on critical mineral imports and issued an executive order directing federal agencies to assess ways to reduce dependence on adversaries, which could include trade restrictions.


(In Trade)
September 30, 2020

The investigation is part of a plan released by USTR earlier this month to appease U.S. seasonal growers.


(Daily News)
September 28, 2020

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is pushing to amend the law implementing the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement to strip preferential treatment from companies operating in foreign trade zones, National Association of Foreign Trade Zones President Erik Autor said last week.


(Daily News)
September 25, 2020

The Trump administration should swiftly “seize the opportunity” to conclude a limited deal with New Delhi, a former U.S. negotiator in charge of the India portfolio said this week, contending the U.S. should do so before India gets “cold feet.”


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