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Inside U.S. Trade - August 28, 2015

Mexican Auto Rep Blasts Details Of U.S.-Japan Deal On Rules Of Origin

The president of Mexico's auto industry association this week laid out in detail his objections to a deal worked out by the United States and Japan on the automotive rules of origin in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that has been rejected by the governments of Mexico and Canada because it includes a regional value content threshold they view as unacceptably low.

U.S. Says Draft EU Law On GMO Imports May Violate SPS Agreement

After Brazil Deal, U.S. Cotton Growers Feel China's Impact On World Market

Mexican Official Says Possible Labor Reforms Not Tied To TPP Conclusion

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U.S. steel companies are taking advantage of changes to U.S. trade remedy law enacted in June in order to bolster their chances of success in new petitions for antidumping (AD) and countervailing duties (CVD) on cold-rolled and hot-rolled steel, although lawyers close to petitioners and respondents said these changes will not likely be a decisive factor in whether these cases are successful.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (Aug. 26) indirectly countered worries by apparel-producing African countries that they will be negatively impacted by the market access the U.S. grants to Vietnam under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), saying the Asia-Pacific trade deal could have positive benefits for Africa by setting higher global standards on issues like labor rights and environmental protection.

The unpopular drive by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to reinterpret the country's pacifist constitution is sapping his government's political power, a development that could ultimately make it harder for him to conclude a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, according to an Asia expert at Stanford University.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has requested the U.S. International Trade Commission to assess the economic impact of eliminating nearly 400 tariff lines, nearly all of which have been proposed by the other World Trade Organization countries participating in the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA).

Chinese policies aimed at developing a stronger semiconductor sector are among a laundry list of emerging challenges posed by Beijing that representatives of the U.S. tech industry are urging President Obama to address during Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Washington in September.

Lawmakers and U.S. stakeholders who are pressing for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to include strong, enforceable currency rules were further galvanized last week by Vietnam's devaluation of its currency in an effort to stem the impact of China's decision earlier this month to devalue the renminbi (RMB) relative to the U.S. dollar.

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  • The Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) on Sept. 8 will hold its first meeting since being rechartered during the course of the past year, according to informed sources.

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week delivered the most direct threat thus far that the U.S. will suspend some of South Africa's trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) Act if it does not roll back sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures that limit or completely block imports of U.S. poultry, pork and beef, according to a USTR readout of his meeting...

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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries at the ministerial meeting in Maui last month were able to agree on "practically all" of the intellectual property (IP) chapter including provisions on Internet service provider (ISP) liability, enforcement, cooperation, trademarks and geographical indications (GIs), although difficult issues remain such as copyright term and pharmaceutical provisions...

  • The European Commission plans to curtail the information it shares with EU member states in electronic form about U.S. positions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks and its own strategies as well, after a massive leak of EU documents raised a rebuke from Washington, according to EU sources.