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USTR

(Daily News)
September 27, 2019

A Senate Appropriations Committee spending bill approved this week instructs the Commerce Department to publish the non-confidential aspects of the administration’s Section 232 report on auto and auto parts imports and contends that the president cannot unilaterally decide to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement.


(In Trade)
September 27, 2019

“We do not believe imports of steel and aluminum from Israel are a threat to U.S. national security and are asking you to explain why Israel has not been granted an exemption.”


(In Trade)
September 25, 2019

“We have our disagreements but the EU is always ready to find a positive agenda. Talks are always better than tariffs.”


(Daily News)
September 25, 2019

President Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday inked a first-stage trade agreement on market access and an executive agreement on digital trade.


(In Trade)
September 23, 2019

“We do not believe a provision requiring parties to adopt a Section 512-style safe harbor system of the type mandated by Article 20.89 should continue to be included in future trade agreements.”


(Daily News)
September 20, 2019

Five House Democrats say they have learned “at the 11th hour” that a nascent U.S. trade deal with Japan will offer U.S. dairy farmers “inferior market access.”


(Daily News)
September 20, 2019

A group of House Democrats next week will present U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer a response to the agency’s attempt to address concerns with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-MA) said on Friday, adding that the two sides had agreed to “intensify” negotiations.


(In Trade)
September 20, 2019

The U.S. says Korea is failing to abide by the deal's environment chapter by not enforcing the rules of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources.


(In Trade)
September 19, 2019

Products exempted include Christmas tree lighting, bicycles, dog leashes and plastic straws.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2019

With U.S. lobster exports to China down more than 80 percent since June 2018, Massachusetts lawmakers including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) are growing increasingly concerned about their state's industry, and asking for help in finding new markets.


(In Trade)
September 16, 2019

Beyer is a former U.S. ambassador to Switzerland.


(In Trade)
September 12, 2019

Araújo planned to pitch a proposal that would facilitate the entry of goods from companies “pre-approved” by both countries, according to Brazilian media reports.


(Daily News)
September 12, 2019

House Ways & Means Committee trade panel leaders are circulating a letter urging the Trump administration not to lower the U.S. de minimis threshold as part of a renegotiated NAFTA, contending that doing so would override congressional authority.


(Daily News)
September 11, 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Wednesday submitted a formal counterproposal to the House Democrats’ U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement working group, according to a House Ways & Means Committee spokesperson.


(Daily News)
September 10, 2019

Deputy-level officials from the U.S. and China will meet in Washington, DC, next week to continue preparations for high-level talks next month, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.


(In Trade)
September 09, 2019

The legislation would ban imports of beef, soybeans, leather and hide, timber, sugar, pulp and paper, tobacco, corn and petroleum goods “contributing to deforestation,” and it would keep USTR from striking a trade deal with the country.


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