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World Trade Online
Labor sources: Mexican Senate bill could undermine new NAFTA standards

March 27, 2018

Mexico's ruling party, the Partido Revolucionario Institucional, last week pitched a proposal that would implement the country's constitutional labor reforms passed last year in a way that labor advocates believe would undermine labor rules that will potentially be included in a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
U.S., China tussle over Section 301’s compatibility with WTO rules at DSB

March 27, 2018

China at a meeting of the World Trade Organization Dispute Settlement Body on Tuesday continued its attack on the Trump administration’s use of Section 301 of the 1974 U.S. Trade Act to threaten tariffs and investment restrictions, claiming those potential measures could run afoul of a previous ruling adopted by the Dispute Settlement Body and would threaten the multilateral trading system, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Canada proposes regulatory changes to prevent transshipment practices

March 27, 2018

Canada will implement new regulatory changes, including the initiation of new anti-circumvention probes, duty calculation schemes and greater coordination with unions and international partners to combat transshipment issues in the steel and aluminum sectors.

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The Hill
Withdrawal from NAFTA will make produce more scarce and expensive for US consumers

March 26, 2018

Much of the continental U.S. may be locked in a winter deep freeze, but our consumers can still count on tomatoes, strawberries, blueberries and more grown throughout Mexico and Latin America. In fact, Mexico alone produces nearly 40 percent of all imported fruits and vegetables consumed in North America.

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The Hill
America and Mexico have strong partnership in the age of Trump

March 26, 2018

When it comes to U.S.-Mexico relations in the age of Trump, media coverage portrays a partnership on the rocks. Yet, a dispassionate and deeper dive shows the bilateral relationship to be on a positive trajectory. Just last month, Mexico’s foreign minister stated that the relationship now is “closer than it was with previous [U.S.] administrations, which might be surprising to some people but that’s a fact of life.” These words do not seem to be empty rhetoric.

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World Trade Online
EU starts safeguard investigation on steel as part of response to U.S. tariffs

March 26, 2018

The European Union launched a safeguard investigation into steel imports because it fears the newly imposed U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum could divert more products onto the EU market, the European Commission announced today.

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World Trade Online
USTR demands wages be factored into NAFTA auto rules of origin

March 26, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has pitched to his NAFTA counterparts a new automotive rule of origin methodology that would count wages equivalent to $15 an hour towards the regional value content of a car, sources close to the talks told Inside U.S. Trade.

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The Hill
NAFTA sunset clause is an exit ramp to nowhere

March 26, 2018

At a congressional hearing on trade policy this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer was asked pointedly to explain why the Trump administration wants a sunset clause included in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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The Wall Street Journal
How Countries Won U.S. Tariffs Exemptions: Retaliation Threats, Intense Lobbying and an Emphasis on Alliances

March 26, 2018

The Trump administration began punishing imports of steel and aluminum from around the world early Friday—but not metal coming from Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, the European Union, Mexico and South Korea.

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The Wall Street Journal
For U.S. Farmers, China Tariffs’ Timing Is Brutal

March 26, 2018

Farmers and companies across the agricultural supply chain, many of whom have welcomed some of President Donald Trump’s policies, are bracing for disruption from his escalating trade battle with China.

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World Trade Online
Sources: Lighthizer pushed NAFTA counterparts for agreement in principle by March 31

March 26, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has told Canada and Mexico’s NAFTA leads in private meetings that he wants to announce an agreement in principle by March 31 and that a legal scrub should be completed by May 1 -- the day the countries’ temporary exclusions for steel and aluminum tariffs expire, sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Ag groups cringe as China reveals 232 tariff retaliation list

March 23, 2018

Agriculture groups are uneasy on news that China could hit U.S. fruit, wine, and pork among other commodities with tariffs in response to the Trump administration’s Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum that went into effect Friday.

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World Trade Online
Trump: KORUS 'very close to being finalized,' Section 232 talks add 'leverage'

March 23, 2018

President Trump on Friday said the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement is “very close to being finished,” adding Korea's exclusion from the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs lends leverage to trade talks in general.

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The Wall Street Journal
Trump’s Moves on Trade Redraw Political Fault Lines

March 22, 2018

President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs, along with his actions to crack down on China’s trade practices, are further scrambling traditional alliances in Congress, drawing praise from some leading Democrats but worrying many Republicans who are pressuring the president and his trade team to minimize the impact of the actions.

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Reuters
Trump temporarily excludes EU, six other allies from steel tariffs

March 22, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has temporarily excluded six countries, including Canada and Mexico, and European Union states from higher U.S. import duties on steel and aluminum meant to come into effect on Friday.

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World Trade Online
Ross: More Section 301 details due out in 'very few’ days

March 22, 2018

More details on the Section 301 probe into Chinese practices – including “actual” tariff figures – will be released in the “very few coming days,” Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday.

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World Trade Online
In response to 301 announcement, China says it will ‘fight to the end’

March 22, 2018

China is not backing down in the face of impending tariffs, World Trade Organization litigation and investment restrictions stemming from the U.S. Section 301 investigation, pledging on Thursday to strike back and warning that the Trump administration was putting the international trade system – and the global economy – in danger.

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The Wall Street Journal
China Ratchets Up Rhetoric, Vowing Action Against U.S. Tariffs

March 22, 2018

China’s government criticized the U.S.’s planned punitive actions on Chinese exports and investment, warning that it will take “all necessary measures” to respond and decrying Washington’s approach to the countries’ trade disputes.

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Bloomberg
Lobbyists Want to Use Nafta to Fast-Track Trump’s Agenda

March 22, 2018

While officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico try to hammer out a new North American Free Trade Agreement, lobbyists in Washington are using the deal’s rewrite to advance a broad legislative agenda making it easier for U.S. companies to build factories, move cargo and export coal.

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The Wall Street Journal
Nafta Negotiators Signal Progress on Thorny Auto Content Rules

March 22, 2018

American, Canadian and Mexican officials are signaling they have cleared a roadblock on auto-industry issues that have been some of the thorniest in talks to overhaul the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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The Wall Street Journal
U.S., China Sharpen Trade Swords

March 22, 2018

As the Trump administration pursues talks with allies on exemptions from U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum, China risks escalating trade tensions with the U.S. by targeting U.S. agricultural exports from Farm Belt states.

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World Trade Online
Trump to sign memorandum on China tariffs, direct Treasury to take investment action

March 22, 2018

President Trump this afternoon will sign a presidential memorandum “targeting China’s economic aggression,” announcing that his administration will impose tariffs on $50 billion worth of Chinese products and directing his Treasury secretary to take action to restrict Chinese investment in the U.S.

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World Trade Online
Brazil: U.S. ‘temporarily’ suspends Section 232 tariffs; negotiations pending

March 22, 2018

Brazil has been temporarily excluded from Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum “pending negotiations” with the U.S., according to Brazilian President Michel Temer.

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Bloomberg
Trump's Tariff Is a Gift to Swing States

March 21, 2018

President Donald Trump's steel and aluminum import tariffs may play havoc with economic orthodoxy, but they fit an established American political tradition: They mostly benefit the swing states that carried the 2016 election for Trump.

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The Hill
Industries unite in battle against Trump’s tariffs

March 21, 2018

Powerful business groups are mobilizing their forces, urging President Trump to stop a wave of sweeping tariffs they worry will hurt the U.S. economy and start a global trade war.

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World Trade Online
Why the Canadian Dollar and Mexican Peso Have Diverged Recently

March 21, 2018

The currencies of Mexico and Canada have gone their separate ways this year, an unexpected outcome for two countries whose economies may be hurt by trade tensions with the U.S.

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World Trade Online
Perdue: Lighthizer ‘more optimistic’ a new NAFTA deal can be struck

March 21, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer is feeling more hopeful about successfully concluding the NAFTA negotiations following the president's decision to impose steel and aluminum tariffs, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said on Tuesday.

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World Trade Online
U.S., EU preview arguments in potential 232 showdown at WTO

March 20, 2018

The United States and European Union have for the first time laid out the legal arguments behind their views of how the World Trade Organization’s national security exception should be handled by a dispute settlement panel, offering a window into how a WTO dispute brought by the EU over Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs might be argued, WTO experts told Inside U.S. Trade.

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The Hill
Severing NAFTA ties harms much more than trade

March 19, 2018

U.S. ties with Mexico and Canada touch the daily lives of more Americans than ties with any other two countries in the world. Trade, border connections, tourism, family ties and mutual security concerns link us closely, but we are endangering those links and our wellbeing by a contentious modernization of the North American Free Trade Agreement

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The Wall Street Journal
VW Plans $340 Million Expansion at Tennessee Plant

March 19, 2018

Volkswagen will spend $340 million to manufacture a new sport-utility vehicle at a Tennessee assembly plant. The move is the latest in a string of investments planned by foreign auto makers in American factories that could help offset the pain of a potential trade war.

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New York Times
Trump: The Un-American President

March 19, 2018

That, as reported by The Washington Post, was Donald Trump boasting during a private fund-raising dinner about lying to Justin Trudeau, prime minister of Canada, our northern neighbor and closest ally.

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World Trade Online
Commerce's 232 product exclusion process designed to 'hone' tariffs

March 19, 2018

The Commerce Department on Monday released an interim final rule detailing a process for Section 232 product exclusion requests that will allow the administration to tailor its steel and aluminum tariffs over time.

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World Trade Online
White House set to announce 301 findings, remedies after Lighthizer testifies on Capitol Hill this week

March 19, 2018

The White House will refrain from revealing the findings of its Section 301 investigation and remedies on Chinese products and investments until after U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer testifies before two key committees this week, sources familiar with the announcement told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Sasse defends free trade and NAFTA, wonders if GOP colleagues will show 'courage'

March 16, 2018

Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) on Friday offered a robust defense of the benefits of free trade and the international trading system, as well as NAFTA – but said he was unsure whether his Republican colleagues would have the “courage of their convictions” to back him up.

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World Trade Online
EU takes aim at U.S. ag, textile, tobacco products in response to steel, aluminum tariffs

March 16, 2018

The European Union is proposing new tariffs on U.S. agriculture, textile, tobacco and a host of other products in response to the Trump administration’s plan to impose tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum.

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The Hill
Ex-military leaders urge Trump not to scrap NAFTA, citing security concerns

March 15, 2018

Ten former U.S. Northern and Southern Command leaders on Thursday urged President Trump against withdrawing from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), warning that such a move could hurt security ties with Canada and Mexico.

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The Wall Street Journal
Economists Worry a Trade War Could Derail U.S. Growth

March 15, 2018

Economists estimate President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs will reduce U.S. employment only modestly, but increasingly worry that foreign-trade disputes could escalate and damage the U.S. economy.

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World Trade Online
White House doubles down on Trump’s claim of a trade deficit with Canada

March 15, 2018

Following comments made by President Trump earlier in the week, the White House on Thursday maintained that the United States has a trade deficit with Canada by using data that excludes trade in services.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer to testify on president's trade agenda at Senate Finance next Thursday

March 15, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will face questions from members of the Senate Finance Committee on March 22, congressional sources tell Inside U.S. Trade, a day after appearing before the House Ways & Means Committee.

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World Trade Online
Hundreds of civil-society groups to send Congress sweeping NAFTA demands

March 15, 2018

Members of Congress on Friday will receive from more than 800 civil society groups a fresh set of recommendations for what lawmakers should demand in a new NAFTA, according to a letter obtained by Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Republican lawmakers urge Commerce to provide 'retroactive' tariff relief for excluded products

March 15, 2018

A group of 16 Republican lawmakers is pushing the Commerce Department to provide “retroactive relief” for U.S. companies that are granted product exclusions, arguing that without it the government would be profiting from “an unnecessary tax.”

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World Trade Online
Navarro: Tariff exemptions will be done in 'Trump time'

March 15, 2018

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Thursday that “carveouts and exemptions” to U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs will be awarded on what he called “Trump time.”

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Bloomberg
Popular Nafta Arbitrage Trade Sours as Trump Directs Fury North

March 15, 2018

With Nafta negotiations coming to a head, one of the most popular trades to profit from the talks is souring as U.S. President Donald Trump and his proxies redirect many of their sharpest barbs away from Mexico toward America’s neighbor to the north.

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Bloomberg
Trudeau Dodged Steel Tariffs. Now He’s Trying to Save Nafta

March 15, 2018

Donald Trump is already taking up a lot of Justin Trudeau’s bandwidth. Steel tariffs sent it to another level.

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The Wall Street Journal
What to Expect From National Economic Council Under Lawrence Kudlow

March 15, 2018

Lawrence Kudlow is set to become the 11th person to serve as the directorof the White House National Economic Council, replacing Gary Cohn.

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Bloomberg
Trudeau Offers to Pick Up Pace on Nafta Ahead of Mexico Election

March 14, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s willing to accelerate Nafta talks to get ahead of U.S. and Mexico election pressures if needed, striking an upbeat tone on the fate of the trade pact.

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Washington Post
Q&A: Texas border towns hope NAFTA can be saved, revamped

March 14, 2018

Will the United States pull out of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico? Negotiators are working to rewrite the pact that President Donald Trump has called a job-killing “disaster.” They met recently in Mexico City but couldn’t reach a deal amid fears that Trump will withdraw from the agreement. Trump has also complicated matters by threatening to tax Mexican and Canadian steel and aluminum if he can’t get the NAFTA deal he wants.

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The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Allies Eye Tough-on-China Approach to Avoid Trump Tariffs

March 14, 2018

U.S. allies seeking exemptions from President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs are showing signs of coalescing around a common appeal: a promise to join forces with the U.S. in addressing a metal glut emanating from China.

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World Trade Online
Can, beverage groups want answers on aluminum tariff product exclusions

March 14, 2018

Can and beverage manufacturers want answers from the Commerce Department on how to ensure key aluminum imports are excluded from Section 232 tariffs set to be implemented next week.

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EU Parliament calls for ‘proportionate’ response to 232 tariffs; no consensus on retaliation, safeguards

March 14, 2018

Members of the European Parliament on Wednesday urged EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström to ensure the European Union’s response to U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum is “proportionate,” with some debating whether the EU should retaliate against U.S. products and institute safeguard measures of its own.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer to testify on the president’s trade agenda at Ways & Means next Wednesday

March 14, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will face questions from members of the House Ways & Means Committee next Wednesday, a day before the panel is set to query Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, congressional sources tell Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
KORUS talks to take place Thursday; Section 232 exclusions expected to dictate agenda

March 14, 2018

The U.S. and South Korea will hold a third round of talks to discuss the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement on Thursday in Washington, DC, the Korean Trade Ministry announced on March 13, and sources say the Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum will play a prominent role in the discussions.

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Delta FarmPress
Perdue expresses concerns about new NAFTA agreement

March 14, 2018

Administration officials are continuing to try to dissuade President Trump from wrecking the North American Free Trade Agreement, but Trump’s real estate negotiating habits are proving to die hard.

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World Trade Online
Hatch, Brady warn Lighthizer that his ISDS approach in NAFTA will risk congressional passage

March 14, 2018

The chairmen of the Senate Finance and House Ways & Means committees will tell U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer he is seriously risking the chances that a NAFTA 2.0 will make it through Congress if he does not revise his approach on investor protections.

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The Washington Post
Trump ousts Tillerson, will replace him as secretary of state with CIA chief Pompeo

March 13, 2018

President Trump has ousted Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and plans to nominate CIA Director Mike Pompeo to replace him as the nation’s top diplomat, orchestrating a major change to his national security team amid delicate negotiations with North Korea, White House officials said Tuesday.

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World Trade Online
Analysts expect Lighthizer to propose voluntary export restraints as ‘alternative’ to avoid tariffs

March 13, 2018

The White House has yet to provide details on the exclusion process that would allow countries to avoid being covered by steel and aluminum tariffs, but analysts and former trade officials believe U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will try to negotiate voluntary export restraints -- a tool he used as deputy USTR in the 1980s that is often considered inadequate in today’s trading system.

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Politico
Senate GOP leaders won’t try to block Trump’s tariffs

March 12, 2018

Republicans have been freaking out about President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs all month. But don’t expect them to do anything about it just yet

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CNBC
Canada's PM Trudeau: Our Trump tariff exemption has nothing to do with NAFTA talks

March 12, 2018

Canada's exemption from President Donald Trump's tariffs have nothing to do with talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told CNBC on Monday.

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CNBC
US is making a 'big mistake' in how it's treating Canada on NAFTA: Former ambassador

March 12, 2018

Canada is the "best friend" and "greatest ally" of the United States and should be treated as such, the former U.S. ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, told CNBC on Monday.

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The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Trading Partners Weigh Tariff Responses

March 12, 2018

U.S. allies, balancing defiance and conciliation as they seek to avoid President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum, are walking a line on how much ground to give on other White House trade grievances.

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World Trade Online
As tariff exclusion talks continue, Republicans mull bill to nullify them

March 12, 2018

President Trump’s Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs will continue to dominate the minds of foreign leaders seeking exemptions to them this week as the date of implementation ticks closer, while Republicans on Capitol Hill are mulling legislative options to narrow or nullify the tariffs – and the political world will be closely watching a heated House race in Pennsylvania that Trump has tied closely to his trade agenda.

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World Trade Online
Ernst expects retaliation against agriculture for 232 tariffs, fears 'very bad year' for farmers

March 12, 2018

Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) anticipates a “very bad year” for farmers, in part because trading partners will target agriculture in retaliating against the U.S. for its recently announced Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports

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World Trade Online
Canada, Mexico reject linkage of steel and aluminum tariffs to NAFTA talks

March 12, 2018

The Trump administration’s efforts to use tariffs on steel and aluminum to force a NAFTA deal with Canada and Mexico will not only be ineffective but could lead Mexico to respond in kind, former officials and analysts told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Bloomberg
Canada Working to Secure Quick Nafta Deal, Morneau Says

March 10, 2018

Nafta negotiations are weighing on companies’ investment plans and both Canada and the U.S. are hoping to make rapid progress in talks, according to Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau.

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World Trade Online
U.S., EU, Japan agree to new steps to fight overcapacity; Malmström says no 'clarity' offered on 232 exclusions

March 10, 2018

The U.S., Japan and the European Union on Saturday agreed on new steps to address practices that spur overcapacity in areas like steel, but the EU's trade commissioner said she left the meetings in Brussels still unsure how the U.S. planned to weigh exemptions to its global steel and aluminum tariffs.

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Bloomberg
Canada, Mexico Stick to Nafta Plan After Trump’s Tariff Reprieve

March 9, 2018

While Donald Trump ’s tariff gambit spared his Nafta partners for now, Canada and Mexico are pledging it won’t make them budge at the bargaining table.

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World Trade Online
'Steel state' senators urge Trump to bolster scope of Section 232 remedy

March 9, 2018

Three senators from Ohio and Pennsylvania want the administration to increase the scope of Section 232 steel tariffs by including more electrical steel products, arguing that without them the remedy is “incomplete.”

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Bloomberg
Canada Monetary Policy to Ease If Nafta Ends: Conference Board

March 9, 2018

The end of Nafta would result in a 0.5 percentage point reduction in real gross domestic product growth in the first year, followed by a recovery the year after on “a lower exchange rate and an easing in monetary policy,” the Ottawa-based research group said Friday in a report. The estimated decline in GDP is a “best-case scenario in a post-Nafta world,” given other risks, it said.

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The Wall Street Journal
Many GOP Lawmakers Oppose Trump’s Trade Policy. But What Can They Do?

March 9, 2018

Many Republican lawmakers are upset about President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, out of concern the duties could spark retaliation against the U.S. or hurt businesses or farms in their states.

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World Trade Online
Quote-unquote: Trade words (on steel, aluminum tariffs) heard ‘round the world

March 9, 2018

Lots of notable reactions to President Trump’s promise last week to impose tariffs on steel and aluminum imports – carried out, but in less draconian fashion, yesterday. Some of what was said:

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World Trade Online
Hatch calls 232 tariffs ‘misguided;’ Flake promises legislation to counter Trump’s actions

March 8, 2018

President Trump’s steel and aluminum tariff announcement was met with mixed messages from Capitol Hill, ranging from some Democrats’ applause for Trump to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch’s (R-UT) disappointment over what he called a “misguided” move -- and one member of the president’s party is promising legislation to nullify the tariffs.

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World Trade Online
Canada releases TPP-11 side letters on culture, autos, more

March 8, 2018

The Canadian government on Thursday released details on the side letters it has struck with other members of the new Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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World Trade Online
White House: Countries can avoid 232 tariffs via ‘alternate’ ways to address national security

March 8, 2018

The president’s proclamations on steel and aluminum tariffs -- set to kick in 15 days from their signing on Thursday -- will include an initial, limited exemption for Canada and Mexico and provide a way for other countries to dodge the tariffs if the U.S. agrees to “alternative means to address the threat to national security” caused by steel and aluminum imports, a senior administration official said.

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World Trade Online
Trump: Tariffs 'most likely' won't apply to Canada or Mexico; Australia, others also could be excluded

March 8, 2018

President Trump said on Thursday that tariffs on steel and aluminum would “most likely” not apply to Canada or Mexico if a new NAFTA deal can be struck, and other allies like Australia could also be excluded.

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World Trade Online
Schumer to Trump: 'Don't swing blindly and wildly' on tariffs; target China

March 8, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said on the Senate floor on Thursday that President Trump's instincts on China's trade policies are correct, but the “execution” of global tariffs on steel and aluminum promises to be “poor.”

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World Trade Online
EU girds for steel and aluminum tariffs, threatens to impose safeguard measures

March 8, 2018

The European Union will impose safeguard measures on a variety of U.S. products – including steel and aluminum – to “rebalance” any economic damages the bloc suffers if the U.S. does not exclude it from Section 232 tariffs, the EU’s trade commissioner said on Wednesday.

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CNBC
GM can 'more than offset' tariffs' impact, but rising costs could hurt demand and jobs, CEO says

March 8, 2018

Tariffs on steel and aluminum will likely have only a small effect on General Motors' bottom line, which the automaker can "more than offset," CEO Mary Barra told CNBC Wednesday.

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CNBC
Rick Perry says relationship with Canada and Mexico could become 'uncomfortable'

March 8, 2018

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Wednesday said his country's relationship with Canada and Mexico could become "uncomfortable" during negotiations over their free trade agreement.

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Bloomberg
A ‘Double Whammy’ of Tariffs and Nafta Redo Could Cripple U.S. Automakers

March 8, 2018

No North American-built vehicle would be eligible to benefit from tariff exemptions under Nafta if the U.S. gets its way, and the administration’s proposals would be especially bad if they’re linked -- as President Donald Trump hinted at in a tweet -- to potential levies on steel and aluminum, said John Bozzella, president of the Association of Global Automakers.

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The Wall Street Journal
Pacific Trade Pact Sets Sail Without the U.S. on Board

March 8, 2018

For the second time in two years, countries around the Pacific are coming together to form a bloc aimed at boosting trade and putting pressure on China’s economic system.

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World Trade Online
Perdue: U.S. can use 232 tariffs to seal NAFTA deal, get concessions from EU

March 7, 2018

The Trump administration should leverage impending tariffs on steel and aluminum to quickly strike a NAFTA deal in its favor and acquire trade concessions from the European Union, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said Wednesday, echoing the thinking of President Trump and other administration officials.

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World Trade Online
Q&A: Levin on labor, TPP, NAFTA

March 7, 2018

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI) was in Mexico City over the weekend for the seventh round of NAFTA talks, and he didn't hear what he wanted to hear from the U.S. negotiators there, as Inside U.S. Trade reported.

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World Trade Online
Trump set to sign proclamation on steel, aluminum tariffs on Thursday

March 7, 2018

President Trump on Thursday will sign a presidential proclamation announcing tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum at an Oval Office event with steel and aluminum company employees and union members, an administration official and sources briefed on the announcement told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
OECD secretary general calls for urgent global steel forum action; ministerial set for June

March 7, 2018

The secretary general of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development has scheduled a ministerial meeting of the Global Forum on Steel Excess Capacity for June, claiming the forum must accelerate its efforts to combat the “entrenched” problem of global overcapacity.

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World Trade Online
Poll: Americans don’t like 232 tariffs – or buy Trump claim that trade wars are good

March 7, 2018

Half of Americans voters oppose the tariffs on steel and aluminum President Trump is considering imposing and nearly two-thirds disagree with Trump’s claim that trade wars are good and easily won, according to a Quinnipiac University National Poll released on Tuesday.

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Financial Times
Trump administration starts to rev its engines

March 7, 2018

“There is no Chaos,” tweeted Donald Trump about his White House on Tuesday morning. “Only great Energy!” All of it seems to be rushing for the exits. A few hours later, Gary Cohn became the third senior Trump official to quit in three weeks. His absence will be by far the most significant. Having failed to persuade Mr Trump to take a softer approach on trade, Mr Cohn’s exit cements the defeat of the so-called globalists.

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CNBC
Mexican auto production and exports are surging as NAFTA talks drag on

March 7, 2018

While President Donald Trump and his negotiators press Mexico for changes in the North American Free Trade Agreement, auto plants south of the border are cranking out vehicles at a record pace

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The Wall Street Journal
Kushner to Meet With Mexican President During Trip

March 6, 2018

Senior White House adviser Jared Kushner is set to visit Mexico City on Wednesday where he is expected to meet with President Enrique Peña Nieto, an administration official said, just over a week after the two countries called off a meeting amid disagreements about the funding of a border wall.

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World Trade Online
Trump: Tariffs could be lifted if allies, including the EU, 'can do something for us'

March 6, 2018

President Trump on Tuesday said the U.S. might lift steel and aluminum tariffs on allies – including the European Union – if “they can do something for us.”

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World Trade Online
Cross-cutting business coalition forms to fight Section 232 tariffs

March 6, 2018

A new coalition of 32 industry groups – representing producers that use intermediate and finished goods with steel and aluminum inputs – has formed to push back against President Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum and to urge lawmakers to insist that all stakeholders be heard from before action is taken in the name of national security.

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World Trade Online
McConnell warns tariffs could lead to trade war; Hatch urges refocus on new markets

March 6, 2018

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Tuesday weighed in for the first time on President Trump’s proposed tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, citing a “high level of concern” among Republican senators who fear that the trade restrictions could backfire.

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World Trade Online
Trudeau to Trump: Steel and aluminum tariffs make a NAFTA deal harder

March 6, 2018

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday told President Trump that tariffs on steel and aluminum would complicate the NAFTA negotiations, his office said.

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Bloomberg
The committee to stop the trade war

March 6, 2018

As we first scooped here, White House NEC Director Gary Cohn is putting together a high-stakes event for Thursday featuring executives from industries likely to get slammed by high steel and aluminum tariffs including automakers and beverage companies. The idea is to counter the steel and aluminum executives President Trump heard from last week when he announced tariffs.

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Bloomberg
Trump Turns Steel Tariffs Into Nafta Bargaining Chip

March 6, 2018

President Donald Trump has turned his steel tariffs from a tool for protecting national security into a bargaining chip offered to Canada and Mexico to seal a quick deal on Nafta.

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World Trade Online
Mexican ambassador warns U.S. on tariffs as ag groups fret about retaliation

March 6, 2018

Mexico’s U.S. ambassador, Geronimo Gutierrez, warned on Monday that the tariffs on steel and aluminum the Trump administration is planning could constrain the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations.

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World Trade Online
White House on GOP's 232 concerns: 'We are not going to agree on everything'

March 5, 2018

President Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) are not going to “agree on everything,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said today, responding to quesitons about whether the administration would heed warnings from top GOP lawmakers who oppose the plan to impose Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer: Canada, Mexico have time to strike NAFTA deal before tariffs take effect

March 5, 2018

Canada and Mexico will have time to agree to a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement before being subject to global steel and aluminum tariffs President Trump is set to announce this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said here on Monday.

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World Trade Online
Trump: U.S. 'not backing down' on Section 232 tariffs; could be tied to NAFTA

March 5, 2018

The U.S. is will stand its ground and impose Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum imports, President Trump said today, adding that the remedies “could be a part” of broader NAFTA talks.

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World Trade Online
Guajardo takes on Trump's linkage of steel and aluminum tariffs and NAFTA, says Mexico should be excluded

March 5, 2018

Mexico's economy minister has hit back at President Trump's tweeted linkage of steel and aluminum tariffs to a new NAFTA, saying Mexico should be excluded from the remedies.

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The Hill
Trump's tariffs will start a trade war, and American consumers will lose

March 4, 2018

Populists and socialists have one thing in common: a complete lack of understanding of who pays taxes. Put simply, businesses don’t pay taxes; only individuals pay taxes. Businesses simply pass along the tax to the consumer, resulting in higher prices at the point of sale.

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World Trade Online
Auto, dispute settlement, sunset clause talks progress as bilateral discussions break out on ISDS

March 4, 2018

Negotiators have made progress on automotive rules of origin, state-to-state dispute settlement and a review mechanism during the seventh round of North American Free Trade Agreement talks here, though the U.S. continues to refuse to back down from some of its more controversial proposals, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

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World Trade Online
Labor discussions fall short of Democrats' expectations at seventh NAFTA round

March 4, 2018

Negotiations on the labor chapter of a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement have not progressed as Democratic lawmakers here have hoped, leading to calls for the U.S. to propose a new text and for Canada to clarify its negotiating position.

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World Trade Online
Brady: Canada and Mexico should be exempt from tariffs; Navarro asserts global imposition

March 4, 2018

On the margins of the seventh round of the North American Free Trade Agreement renegotiation talks here, House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) on Sunday said Canada and Mexico should be exempt from steel and aluminum tariffs President Trump is set to impose this week – but presidential adviser Peter Navarro said no such exclusions are planned.

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World Trade Online
Mexico, Canada begin bilateral government procurement talks as U.S. won’t move off dollar-for-dollar push

March 3, 2018

Mexico and Canada have begun bilateral negotiations on government procurement market access as trilateral talks have broken down over the United States' refusal to move off its “dollar-for-dollar” approach, sources familiar with the discussions said.

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World Trade Online
Likelihood of more closed NAFTA chapters buoys stakeholders, reduces fears of withdrawal

March 3, 2018

NAFTA negotiators here are close to finishing chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary measures and technical barriers to trade, giving some advocates of the agreement hope that their progress will lessen the chances of President Trump withdrawing from it.

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World Trade Online
EU says it has countermeasures prepared if Section 232 tariffs are imposed

March 2, 2018

U.S. allies continue to call for exemptions for steel and aluminum tariffs announced by President Trump this week – and the European Union says it already has countermeasures prepared if it is not excluded.

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World Trade Online
Ross mum on 232 details, says Trump 'seemed to announce' steel and aluminum tariffs will apply to all

March 2, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Friday said the president “seemed to announce” on Thursday that tariffs on steel and aluminum would apply to all countries but deferred to the announcement of “intricate” details next week – and dismissed concerns that the move will lead to significant retaliation.

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World Trade Online
Steel, aluminum announcement unlikely to impede largely technical progress at NAFTA round

March 2, 2018

President Trump’s announcement of impending global tariffs on steel and aluminum imports is not expected not change the course of negotiations at the seventh NAFTA round here, with Canada and Mexico waiting for the White House to release its final decision next week – including what, if any, countries will be excluded from the tariffs, sources said.

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The Wall Street Journal
U.S. Allies Around the World Steel for Trump Tariff Tussle

March 1, 2018

President Donald Trump’s planned tariffs on steel and aluminum prompted angry responses from U.S. allies around the globe Friday, driving down stock prices and generating warnings of a possible international trade war.

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Reuters
Trump's steel shock drives wedge into sluggish NAFTA talks

March 1, 2018

Negotiators trying to rework the NAFTA trade deal on Thursday were hit by the prospect of conflict over U.S. steel tariffs that could complicate carmaking in North America, one of the most sensitive issues at the talks

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Reuters
NAFTA teams set to close telecom chapter as US softens stance -sources

March 1, 2018

NAFTA negotiators paved the way for closing the telecommunications portion of the trade deal this weekend, as the United States has dropped a proposal to enshrine measures targeting Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim’s America Movil, sources said.

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World Trade Online
GOP urges Trump to reconsider steel, aluminum tariffs; allies promise reprisals

March 1, 2018

Some of the United States' closest allies – and some of President Trump's strongest supporters on Capitol Hill – are blasting today's announcement of impending steel and aluminum tariffs, with the European Union pledging immediate “countermeasures” under World Trade Organization rules and top GOP lawmakers imploring Trump to reconsider.

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World Trade Online
Trump to impose 25 percent tariff on steel, 10 percent on aluminum

March1, 2018

President Trump and steel industry representatives will meet to talk about Section 232 options at the White House today, but the administration will not announce a decision on remedies on steel and aluminum imports, according to sources.

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World Trade Online
White House changes course, won't announce 232 remedies today

March1, 2018

President Trump and steel industry representatives will meet to talk about Section 232 options at the White House today, but the administration will not announce a decision on remedies on steel and aluminum imports, according to sources.

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World Trade Online
Report: U.S. withdrawal from NAFTA would hurt chemicals exports

March1, 2018

U.S. chemical exports could drop by roughly 45 percent if the U.S. pulls out of NAFTA, leading to price increases for American consumers and an opportunity for China to supply chemicals to Mexico and Canada instead, the American Chemistry Council says in a new report.

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World Trade Online
NAFTA negotiators expected to close good regulatory practices chapter in Mexico City

March1, 2018

NAFTA negotiators in Mexico City will close a chapter on good regulatory practices today, a top Mexican official said.

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