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World Trade Online
Navarro ‘clarifies’ Section 232 plans, says all exempt countries will be hit with quotas

April 29, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Saturday said the Trump administration planned to extend temporary exclusions from the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs – set to expire on Tuesday – for some countries.

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World Trade Online
Reports: U.S. will extend 232 exemptions for some countries; wants quotas

April 29, 2018

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Saturday said the Trump administration planned to extend temporary exclusions from the Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs – set to expire on Tuesday – for some countries.

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World Trade Online
Reports: NAFTA ministers to reconvene after Lighthizer returns from China

April 27, 2018

The Mexican and Canadian NAFTA leads left Washington, D.C. on Friday without a formal announcement on the state of the negotiations but will reconvene with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on May 7 in hopes of securing at least an agreement in principle, according to press reports.

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World Trade Online
Study: U.S. auto proposal could disqualify up to 87 percent of NAFTA cars for trade preferences

April 27, 2018

The U.S. proposal for new auto rules of origin in NAFTA 2.0 could keep as much as 87 percent of cars produced in the NAFTA region today from qualifying for trade preferences under the retooled pact, hampering U.S. exports and costing U.S. jobs, according to a new report published by the Center for Automotive Research this month.

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World Trade Online
USTR slams China, ramps up pressure on Canada, Colombia in Special 301 report

April 27, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, in its annual Special 301 report on the state of intellectual property protection and enforcement by U.S. trading partners, has elevated Canada and Colombia to its list of most egregious intellectual property violators and also spotlighted continued IP concerns it has with China.

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World Trade Online
Mexican law allows GIs to be challenged, but does not satisfy U.S. dairy

April 27, 2018

A Mexican law on geographical indications that goes into effect on Friday will allow U.S. stakeholders to challenge GI protections in Mexico, but does not completely assuage fears of U.S. dairy producers.

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Bloomberg
U.S. Eyes Nafta Finish Line Before China Talks Overtake Agenda

April 26, 2018

The U.S. and its Nafta partners are stepping up efforts to reach a tentative deal in the coming days -- with one Mexican minister saying a pact is “reasonably close” while the U.S. prepares for talks with China.

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The Wall Street Journal
Leading Mexican Presidential Candidate Would Respect Nafta Deal

April 26, 2018

Mexican leftist presidential candidate Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the front-runner ahead of July elections, would respect a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement if the U.S., Mexico and Canada reach a deal before the vote, according to a top aide.

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World Trade Online
Freeland extends stay in DC for NAFTA; New Dems signal tough road for vote

April 26, 2018

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will skip a NATO summit set for Friday to stay in Washington, DC, and continue intense, ministerial-level discussions with her NAFTA counterparts.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer nixes Capitol Hill meetings to clear space for NAFTA talks; leaves for China Tuesday

April 25, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has canceled plans to meet on Thursday with the New Democrat Coalition, other Democratic lawmakers and first-term Republicans as intense ministerial-level talks on NAFTA continue in Washington, DC, and he prepares to leave for China along with other administration officials next Tuesday, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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Reuters
Canada sees progress on NAFTA auto rules; steel tariffs loom

April 25, 2018

Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday that good progress has been made at the NAFTA trade talks on the key issue of auto rules, though the threat of proposed U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs coming into force next week clouded the mood.

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World Trade Online
U.S. dairy groups urge Mexico to reconsider GIs in trade deal with EU

April 25, 2018

Major U.S. dairy groups are warning of the consequences of geographical indications for some cheeses in an updated trade deal between Mexico and the European Union and urging Mexico to reconsider them before the pact is finalized.

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World Trade Online
Sources: New U.S. NAFTA labor text clarifies May 10, CAFTA language

April 25, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has submitted to stakeholders and Capitol Hill new labor text to include in a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement that would clarify language cited last year in a U.S. loss in a labor dispute against Guatemala, according to sources familiar with it.

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New York Times
Mexico Minister Says NAFTA Deal Will Depend on Flexibility

April 24, 2018

Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Tuesday that agreeing a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) deal will depend on the flexibility of negotiations as he prepared to meet his U.S. and Canadian counterparts in Washington.

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World Trade Online
Mexico: 'Unacceptable' to link trade and immigration

April 24, 2018

The U.S. Aluminum Association is asking President Trump to grant permanent country exclusions without issuing quotas for U.S. trading partners that “operate as market economies.”

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Wall Street Journal
Energy, a Bright Spot in Nafta Talks, Bogged Down by Dispute Over Rule Change

April 24, 2018

The Trump administration is at odds with American companies over a proposed rule change to the North American Free Trade Agreement that is endangering a bright spot—energy—in contentious treaty talks.

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Reuters
Trump says may tie Mexican immigration control to NAFTA

April 23, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump threatened to make Mexican immigration control a condition of a new NAFTA trade deal on Monday, even as ministers from Canada, the United States and Mexico readied a fresh push to finalize a revamped accord this week.

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World Trade Online
WTO members slam U.S., EU for imposition of safeguard measures

April 23, 2018

World Trade Organization members this week decried actions taken by the U.S. on imports of steel, aluminum, solar cells and washing machines and scolded the European Union for threatening similar restrictions on certain steel products.

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World Trade Online
AFL-CIO applauds defeat of Mexican labor legislation

April 23, 2018

The AFL-CIO on Monday commended Mexican legislators for blocking a labor bill that U.S. lawmakers and labor advocates said could significantly undermine labor standards in a retooled NAFTA.

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Bloomberg
Foreign Investors’ Love Affair With Mexico Ignores Populist’s Rise

April 23, 2018

Talk to most foreign investors about Mexico these days and you’ll likely to hear the same mantra: focus on Nafta now and worry about the upcoming presidential election later.

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Wall Street Journal
EU, Mexico Agree to Upgrade Trade Pact

April 23, 2018

The European Union and Mexico have reached an agreement in principle to upgrade an 18-year-old trade deal, the European Commission said Saturday.

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Wall Street Journal
Trump’s Message to Congress: New Nafta or No Nafta

April 23, 2018

The Trump administration is pushing hard to finish talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement over the next two weeks and is considering bare-knuckle tactics to get Congress to approve a new deal.

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Finacial Times
A Nafta deal may be nigh but that’s not the end of the story

April 20, 2018

Had a busy weekend? Spare a thought for the negotiators trying to put the final touches to Nafta 2.0, who are in the round-the-clock final stages of what everyone hopes will be a deal to save the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
NAFTA ministers aim for agreement in principle by May 4; USTR prepares congressional strategy

April 20, 2018

Negotiators from the three NAFTA countries will be working continuously through May 4, when the countries aim to announce an agreement in principle, and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his team are starting to game out strategies for how to maneuver the new deal through the current U.S. Congress, sources briefed on the plans said.

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World Trade Online
Guajardo: 'There was a lot of progress made today'

April 20, 2018

The U.S., Canada and Mexico made “a lot of progress” in NAFTA talks on Friday, according to Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo.

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Reuters
Canada hails progress on crucial autos file at NAFTA talks

April 19, 2018

Canadian, Mexican and U.S. ministers seeking to revamp the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) have made good progress on the key question of autos, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Thursday as pressure for a deal intensified.

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World Trade Online
House Democrats join growing opposition to Mexican labor legislation

April 19, 2018

More than 90 House Democrats this week joined in opposition to legislation being considered in the Mexican senate that could undermine labor standards in a retooled North American Free Trade Agreement.

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World Trade Online
Finance Committee leaders say Commerce exclusion process lacks fairness

April 19, 2018

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and ranking member Ron Wyden (D-OR) are demanding that the Commerce Department change its procedures for companies to request products be excluded from the Trump administration’s tariffs on steel and aluminum because they lack “basic due process and procedural fairness for stakeholders.”

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The Hill
Blame large budget deficits for manufacturing's decline

April 18, 2018

In many ways, Ross Perot was a forerunner for Donald Trump, a businessman-turned-populist presidential candidate with, shall we say, some eccentric personal characteristics.

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The Hill
Leaving NAFTA would leave plastics users in the lurch

April 18, 2018

As the administration and its Chinese counterparts work toward a solution that benefits consumers and the economic interests of both countries, another important trade discussion is taking place closer to home — the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA)

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Bloomberg
Nafta Ministers to Meet in Washington Amid Push for Quick Deal

April 18, 2018

The trio of ministers leading Nafta talks meet again in Washington beginning Thursday as they continue to push for a deal in principle within weeks.

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World Trade Online
Trump, Abe commit to ‘intensify’ talks on trade ‘deals'

April 18, 2018

The U.S. and Japan have agreed to “intensify” talks on “free, fair and reciprocal trade deals,” President Trump and his Japanese counterpart, Shinzo Abe, said on Wednesday.

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World Trade Online
House Farm Bill does not include retaliation assistance for farmers

April 18, 2018

The 2018 Farm Bill introduced in the House last week did not establish a new initiative or provide assistance explicitly for the purpose of protecting farmers against trade retaliation, to the chagrin of Democrats on the House Agriculture Committee.

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The Hill
Facing off against trade chaos

April 18, 2018

The head of the National Foreign Trade Council (NFTC) is trying to steer his members through the minefield of Trump’s threats, which include hefty tariffs on China and a possible withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).

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Bloomberg
Canadian Opposition to Nafta's Chapter 11 Gives Trudeau Leeway

April 18, 2018

Canadians urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to concede on a U.S. demand in Nafta negotiations around investor disputes, while holding firm on calls for more environmental and labor protection.

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Wall Street Journal
How the Tax Cut President Trump Loves Will Deepen Trade Deficits He Hates

April 18, 2018

Among President Donald Trump’s most deeply held economic convictions is that trade deficits are bad, yet his signature economic policy—a major tax cut—likely will deepen the trade deficits he abhors for years to come.

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World Trade Online
CIT denies motions from steel companies aiming to intervene in Section 232 lawsuit

April 17, 2018

The U.S. Court of International Trade last week denied attempts by Nucor Corporation and Steel Dynamics, Inc., to join an investigation into the legality of President Trump's imposition of a global steel tariff on imports, arguing that allowing outside parties to step in could “unduly delay proceedings.”

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World Trade Online
Flake: No commitment from Lighthizer to drop seasonal produce demand in NAFTA

April 17, 2018

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) said on Tuesday that he has not secured a commitment from U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to drop a NAFTA proposal that would give U.S. seasonal growers access to trade remedy laws.

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World Trade Online
U.S. agrees to enter into WTO consultations with China over 232, 301 tariffs

April 17, 2018

The United States has agreed to hold consultations with China at the World Trade Organization over its Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum as well as its proposed tariffs stemming from the Section 301 investigation into China’s intellectual property practices, but maintains that there is no basis in WTO rules for China to request consultations in the first place.

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World Trade Online
New Democrat Coalition set to meet with Lighthizer next week

April 17, 2018

The New Democrat Coalition will meet with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on April 26 to discuss trade issues, a spokeswoman for the group told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
NAFTA ministers plan to meet in Washington on Thursday

April 17, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and his NAFTA counterparts are planning to hold a ministerial meeting in Washington, DC, on Thursday, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday -- but added that he did not expect a major announcement this week.

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Reuters
NAFTA meeting on tap; Mexico doesn't want to be used to elude U.S. tariffs

April 16, 2018

The ministers leading the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) could meet again on Thursday in Washington as they push for quick progress, Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo said on Monday.

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World Trade Online
Schumer reminds Lighthizer: Canada dairy market access should be a ‘top priority’ in NAFTA 2.0

April 16, 2018

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Monday to reiterate his demand that new access to Canada’s dairy market be a “top priority” in a new NAFTA as “renegotiations come to a conclusion.”

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World Trade Online
Business groups urge Commerce to improve 232 product exclusion process

April 16, 2018

Business groups last week told the House Ways & Means Committee that trade associations should be able to negotiate product exclusions to Section 232 steel and aluminum tariffs on behalf of their members, but the Commerce Department maintains that only individual companies can apply for them.

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Bloomberg
Trump Push for Quick Nafta Deal Slowed by Division on Top Issues

April 14, 2018

President Donald Trump’s push for a quick resolution to Nafta talks is being stymied by persistent differences among the U.S., Canada and Mexico over a handful of the make-or-break issues.

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Politico
Lighthizer’s timeline for a NAFTA vote

April 13, 2018

LIGHTHIZER’S TIMELINE FOR A NAFTA VOTE: U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has dates marked on his calendar for major NAFTA milestones. The top trade official has appeared confident in recent meetings on the Hill and with administration officials that he will be able to reach an agreement in principle with his counterparts in Canada and Mexico in the next couple of weeks, three sources briefed on his plans told POLITICO.

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Wall Street Journal
U.S.’s Re-Entry in Pacific Trade Deal Would Come at a Price

April 14, 2018

White House efforts to rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership face big challenges and negotiations that could stretch out beyond President Donald Trump’s first term, trade experts say.

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Financial Times
Nafta: Why the US car industry is trapped in Trump’s trade crossfire

April 14, 2018

The Toyota Tundra looks every inch the all-American truck, but even it risks falling foul of rules touted by the Trump administration

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Financial Times
China caught off guard by unpredictable Trump

April 14, 2018

When Donald Trump escalated trade tension with China this month, President Xi Jinping cited a Chinese saying in vowing to defend global trade rules. “When the sky falls, big men must hold it up,” he said in private meetings, according to four people briefed on his remarks.

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World Trade Online
U.S. sets out goals for e-commerce negotiations at WTO

April 13, 2018

The United States this week set out its expectations for provisions the World Trade Organization should develop on e-commerce, including permanent bans on duties on electronic transmissions, forced technology transfers and discriminatory technology requirements.

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World Trade Online
Ahead of Abe visit, White House walks back TPP comments; stays mum on 232, bilateral talks

April 13, 2018

A senior Trump administration official on Friday sought to lower expectations that the U.S. might rejoin the Trans-Pacific Partnership as President Trump prepares for a meeting next week with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe -- a leader of the push to implement the TPP-11 without the U.S.

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Wall Street Journal
Use Nafta to Ease Regulation

April 12, 2018

Congressional Republicans of late have become innovative about using procedural means to further their policies. Witness the latest idea from a trio of senators to transform the regulatory landscape.

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Politico
Trump's trade crackdown on China has its limits in Latin America

April 12, 2018

President Donald Trump, never one to speak softly, has tried to use big-stick diplomacy to force a trade showdown with China, but his bravado and hard-edged rhetoric has made it more challenging for the U.S. to check Chinese economic influence in its own backyard.

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World Trade Online
Senators cautiously optimistic about Trump’s TPP directive to Lighthizer, Kudlow

April 12, 2018

President Trump on Thursday again indicated he was open to rejoining the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a deal he abandoned in one of his first acts of office, leading some to believe that the U.S. would officially move to re-enter TPP. But the White House said top officials were only going to examine a possible U.S. return.

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World Trade Online
USTR lowers regional value content demand for NAFTA cars to 75 percent

April 12, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer has backed off his initial demand that a NAFTA car must include 85 percent regional value content to qualify for duty-free treatment and is now seeking a 75 percent threshold, sources briefed on the revised proposal say.

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Bloomberg
Trump Threatens Endless Nafta Talks After Walk-Back on Autos

April 12, 2018

Donald Trump says he’s willing to “renegotiate forever” on Nafta, a threat that comes as his trade office again softens its marquee demand for changes to the auto sector.

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World Trade Online
Sen. Sasse: Trump has told Lighthizer, Kudlow to 'negotiate U.S. entry' into TPP

April 12, 2018

President Trump has directed U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and top economic adviser Larry Kudlow to “negotiate U.S. entry” into the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE).

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Bloomberg
Nafta Chiefs Plan Meeting This Week Amid Push for Deal

April 11, 2018

The top Nafta cabinet officials from the U.S., Canada and Mexico plan to meet this week amid an accelerated push to reach a preliminary deal, according to three people familiar with the talks.

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The Hill
Trump’s new NAFTA should make copper a priority

April 11, 2018

President Donald Trump has prioritized two policy areas with profound impact on the national economy as well as national security: trade and critical minerals. The two issues unexpectedly intersect in the negotiations on an updated North American Free Trade Agreement — with positive implications for all three NAFTA nations.

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World Trade Online
Cornyn: Administration is prepping Chinese investment restrictions to 'ensure reciprocity'

April 11, 2018

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) at the top of a Senate Finance trade subcommittee hearing Wednesday said the Trump administration is trying to fashion investment restrictions on China in a way that ensures Chinese companies receive “reciprocal” treatment when looking to invest in the U.S., a move that he said would compensate for inadequate authority possessed by the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States.

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World Trade Online
Aluminum groups urge Trump to consider Russian sanctions in context of 232 country exclusions

April 11, 2018

Executives from the North American aluminum industry said on Wednesday that the Trump administration should consider the Treasury Department’s recent sanctions on a Russian aluminum producer in the context of how the U.S. determines future Section 232 country exclusions.

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World Trade Online
Business groups tell Congress to adopt a long-term strategy toward China trade

April 11, 2018

The heads of three business associations told members of the Senate Finance trade subcommittee on Wednesday that a long-term strategy to deal with Beijing’s trade practices must quickly be adopted if the United States wants to maintain its economic edge over China.

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World Trade Online
Pro-trade New Democrat Coalition eyes first meeting with Lighthizer

April 11, 2018

The New Democrat Coalition, a bloc of pro-trade lawmakers seen as a key source of potential support for new trade deals, is hoping to meet for the first time with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer in the coming weeks, coalition members and a spokeswoman for the group told Inside U.S. Trade.

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World Trade Online
Perdue: USDA hopes to avoid mitigation mechanism, negotiate away anxiety

April 11, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday told lawmakers he hoped the administration would not have to resort to a mitigation mechanism to protect U.S. farmers from Chinese retaliation against as the White House attempts to negotiate trade deals.

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World Trade Online
Perdue not optimistic Canadian dairy issue will be resolved in NAFTA

April 11, 2018

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue on Wednesday told a Senate appropriations subcommittee he was not optimistic the U.S. would be able to resolve dairy market access issues with Canada in the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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Reuters
Top U.S. lawmaker Ryan to retire in latest Washington upheaval

April 10, 2018

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Paul Ryan will not seek re-election and will leave his post at the start of 2019, further unsettling a Republican Party rocked by Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency ahead of November’s pivotal congressional elections.

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Reuters
Mexico awaits details of plan to bring auto engines to U.S., officials say

April 10, 2018

A U.S. proposal that automobiles should be built in high-wage areas within the NAFTA region is partly aimed at increasing engine production in the United States, and more details on the plan are expected this week, Mexican officials said.

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Bloomberg
Trump Skipping Peru Is Latest Signal Nafta Deal Isn't Imminent

April 10, 2018

The Trump administration’s push to announce a framework Nafta deal this week looks to have fallen short, with talks continuing after the U.S. president canceled a trip to a summit with other Western Hemisphere leaders.

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Politico
Xi promises new era of opening up

April 10, 2018

XI PROMISES NEW ERA OF OPENING UP: Chinese President Xi Jinping, delivering a major speech at the annual Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan, China, promised to reduce tariffs on autos, strengthen protection of intellectual property and mount a drive to boost imports as part of “a new phase of opening up” that coincides with the 40th anniversary of economic reform initiated by Deng Xiaoping.

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World Trade Online
Treasury considering implementing parts of CFIUS reform bill as part of 301 response

April 10, 2018

The Treasury Department has signaled to key lawmakers and stakeholders that it is willing to enact elements of a bill to overhaul the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States through an executive order as part of the Trump administration’s response to China’s intellectual property and tech transfer practices, sources familiar with the internal deliberations say.

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World Trade Online
Sen. Bennet to USTR: Don’t close NAFTA talks without fixing Canadian dairy policies

April 10, 2018

Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) on Monday urged U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer not to conclude NAFTA talks until the U.S. reaches an agreement with Canada over access barriers U.S. dairy producers face in the Canadian market.

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Bloomberg
Cars, Cows and a Half-Sunset: Here’s How Nafta 2.0 Could Look

April 10, 2018

A stopgap Nafta deal could be around the corner. What might it look like?

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The Hill
Mexico says it's reviewing ties with US amid tensions with Trump

April 10, 2018

Mexico says it will review its collaborative efforts with the United States on border security, trade and more in response to President Trump’s increasingly combative comments.

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The Hill
Republicans want to know Trump’s endgame on trade

April 10, 2018

Republican senators want to know if President Trump has an endgame in the escalating trade fight with China.

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The Wall Street Journal
A Nafta Poison Pill

April 10, 2018

Donald Trump’s rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement is supposed to tilt the 24-year-old pact toward American commercial interests. Yet U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer’s demand to eliminate Nafta’s dispute-settlement panels, which protect the property rights and contracts of North American investors, would produce the opposite.

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World Trade Online
Lighthizer asks ITC for analysis of changes to truck tariff in KORUS

April 9, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer last week asked the U.S. International Trade Commission to conduct an economic analysis of modifications to tariff phaseouts on Korean truck imports under the amended U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement the countries agreed to in principle last month.

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World Trade Online
Florida senators urge Finance to support seasonal remedy proposal in NAFTA

April 9, 2018

Florida senators Bill Nelson (D) and Marco Rubio (R) are calling on the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to support a NAFTA 2.0 proposal offered by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative that would allow seasonal produce growers access to antidumping and countervailing duty proceedings.

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World Trade Online
Trump: Farmers may have to take short-term losses as U.S., China spar over tariffs

April 9, 2018

U.S. farmers may have to endure short-term pain as the U.S. pushes China to reform, President Trump said on Monday, knocking China for targeting his base in its threatened response to planned U.S. tariffs on a host of Chinese products and promising to “make it up” to the agricultural industry.

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World Trade Online
WTO panels established in softwood lumber dispute

April 9, 2018

Two World Trade Organization dispute settlement panels were established on Monday to review complaints brought by Canada against U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties on softwood lumber.

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World Trade Online
Guajardo: 80 percent chance of NAFTA agreement in principle by first week of May

April 9, 2018

The chances of the three NAFTA countries reaching an agreement in principle by the first week of May are at 80 percent, Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo said Monday, though he ruled out the possibility that an agreement could be announced at the Summit of the Americas later this week.

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Reuters
No NAFTA deal in principle to be announced at Lima summit: sources

April 7, 2018

Talks to rework the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) are not advanced enough for the United States, Mexico and Canada to announce a deal “in principle” at this month’s Summit of the Americas in Lima, according to two people familiar with matter.

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Politico
Republicans worry Trump’s trade war will blot out tax cut message

April 7, 2018

Party leaders decided in January to make the tax reform bill their central selling point in the midterms, but the president is going his own way with his tariffs.

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World Trade Online
CIT denies Severstal's bid for temporary restraining order on 232 duties

April 6, 2018

The U.S. Court of International Trade has denied a steel company's bid for a temporary restraining order on Section 232 tariffs imposed on steel imports, a move that could prompt the plaintiffs to appeal the decision to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

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World Trade Online
Feinstein demands answers from USDA on Section 232 tariffs

April 6, 2018

As President Trump ratchets up trade tensions with China, lawmakers are warning of dire consequences to U.S. farmers – and one is demanding to know what the Agriculture Department is doing to help mitigate the potential fallout.

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United States Trade Repesentative
USTR Robert Lighthizer Statement on the President’s Additional Section 301 Action

April 6, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts Friday, the first such high-level trilateral negotiating session since March 5. Talks have warmed considerably, raising hopes of some kind of agreement in principle soon despite warnings that key gaps remain.

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Bloomberg
Nafta Trio Meets Amid Growing Optimism for Deal

April 6, 2018

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer will meet with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts Friday, the first such high-level trilateral negotiating session since March 5. Talks have warmed considerably, raising hopes of some kind of agreement in principle soon despite warnings that key gaps remain.

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World Trade Online
Trump escalates 301 spat, threatens additional tariffs on $100 billion of Chinese goods

April 5, 2018

Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus are calling for a more structured trade vision from the Trump administration before it can back its trade actions – including a renegotiated NAFTA.

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World Trade Online
House Progressive Caucus calls for clearer trade policy, says NAFTA support far from certain

April 5, 2018

Democrats in the Congressional Progressive Caucus are calling for a more structured trade vision from the Trump administration before it can back its trade actions – including a renegotiated NAFTA.

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World Trade Online
At Lima summit, Trump to showcase U.S. as trade 'partner of choice'

April 5, 2018

President Trump will use his upcoming trip to the Summit of the Americas to focus on bolstering “reciprocal” trade with Latin America, marketing the U.S. as the trade “partner of choice” over other countries trying to boost their presence in the region, White House officials said Thursday.

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World Trade Online
Trump on NAFTA agreement: 'Don't rush it'

April 5, 2018

President Trump on Thursday downplayed the chances of a NAFTA agreement in principle by next week's Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru, telling a crowd in West Virginia he has told his administration “there's no rush.”

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World Trade Online
Trudeau: Canada, Mexico, U.S. having a 'very productive moment'

April 5, 2018

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Thursday said Canada was having “a very productive moment of engaging” with its NAFTA partners.

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Financial Times
Chinese trade chiefs scan Washington for elusive dealmakers

April 4, 2018

With the world’s two largest economies on the brink of a $100bn trade war, the Chinese government now hopes that peace talks with US President Donald Trump will finally begin in earnest

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Wall Street Journal
Auto Makers Weigh In on China’s Tariff Retaliation Threat

April 4, 2018

Global automotive executives spent substantial time in 2017 urging the Trump administration to seek reciprocity on trade policies affecting the world’s biggest automobile market. Industry leaders could get the exact opposite.

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Bloomberg
Canada reports progress on NAFTA, says 'we're not there yet'

April 4, 2018

Mexico, Canada and the United States have made good progress in their bid to modernize the NAFTA trade pact but still have work to do, Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said on Wednesday.

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Bloomberg
Trump Softens Key Nafta Demand on Regional Car Content

April 4, 2018

The Trump administration has softened a key Nafta demand for more North American content in car manufacturing -- a potential olive branch on arguably the biggest sticking point as the U.S. pushes to reach a stopgap deal this month, according to three people familiar with the talks.

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World Trade Online
Kudlow downplays trade war fears, says 'pot of gold' awaits the U.S.

April 4, 2018

As agriculture and business groups sounded the alarm over China’s proposed retaliation against the U.S. Section 301 tariffs, the new director of the National Economic Council attempted to calm the waters on Wednesday, arguing that the tariffs were just the starting point for negotiations with Beijing.

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World Trade Online
USTR pans China’s 301 response, wants final tariff list as soon as possible

April 4, 2018

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative views China’s $50 billion tariff threat in response USTR’s Section 301 tariff recommendations as “unjustified” and an attempt to “intimidate” the Trump administration, a USTR official said Wednesday.

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Bloomberg
Looming Deadlines Explain Why Trump Is Hurrying for a Nafta Deal

April 3, 2018

The Trump administration is hoping to pull off a quick win for Nafta by aiming for a provisional pact as early as next week. A look at the political calendar explains why that’s all he’s likely to get.

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The Wall Street Journal
Donald Trump Calls for Military to Guard Southern Border

April 3, 2018

President Donald Trump said Tuesday he would send U.S. troops to guard the border with Mexico, escalating his campaign against illegal immigration as he vented frustration again over what he sees as lax U.S. law and a porous southern border

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The Wall Street Journal
Migrant ‘Caravan’ in Mexico Raises Trump’s Ire

April 2, 2018

An organized protest march of about 1,000 Central American migrants slowly traveling through Mexico toward the U.S. border has become a hot-button political issue in Washington, straining bilateral relations with Mexico.

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Reuters
Mexico expects meeting of ministers to decide scope of NAFTA deal basics

April 2, 2018

The United States, Mexico and Canada have made significant advances on reworking the NAFTA trade deal and ministers will meet in the coming days to determine the scope to agree on the basics of a deal, Mexico’s economy minister said on Monday.

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Bloomberg
Trump Pushing for Preliminary Nafta Deal by Mid-April, Sources Say

April 2, 2018

The Trump administration is pushing for a preliminary Nafta deal to announce at a summit in Peru next week, and will host cabinet ministers in Washington to try to achieve a breakthrough, according to three people familiar with the talks.

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World Trade Online
Navarro on NAFTA 2.0: 'It's got to be soon'

April 2, 2018

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said on Monday that a new NAFTA deal might not be ready to announce at the Summit of the Americas in Peru later this month, but insisted “it's got to be soon.”

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World Trade Online
White House scolds China over tariffs on ‘fairly traded’ exports

April 2, 2018

The Trump administration Monday told Beijing to focus on fixing its own “unfair trading practices” instead of hitting “fairly traded” U.S. exports with tariffs – the first U.S. reaction to China's announcement of new duties on 128 U.S. products in response to Section 232 tariffs on steel and aluminum.

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