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Froman Steps Up Pressure On Japan, Calling For 'Bold' Move On TPP

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, upon arriving in Tokyo with President Obama today (April 23), called on Japan to make a bold move to open its economy under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or risk steering the negotiations down the wrong path, ramping up pressure on Japan to make concessions in bilateral market access talks.

ITA Sets Low Initial AD Duties On Turkish Rebar, Higher On Mexican Imports

The Commerce Department yesterday (April 21) issued an affirmative preliminary determination in the antidumping (AD) investigation of Turkish and Mexican steel concrete-reinforcing bar, with the highest margin just above the de minimis level for some Turkish exports, but much higher margins for Mexican exports of rebar.

EU Parliament's S&D Party Lays Out Conditions For Support Of TTIP Deal

The European Parliament's second-largest political party, the Socialists & Democrats (S&D) Group, late last week laid out a host of conditions it said must be met in the ongoing U.S.-EU trade negotiations in order for the group to be supportive of a deal.

Senior U.S. Official All But Rules Out Obama-Abe Breakthrough On TPP This Week

A senior Obama administration official has all but ruled out the possibility that this week's meeting between President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo will produce a breakthrough in the bilateral negotiations on agriculture and autos under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

U.S. To Make Initial Determination On Bangladesh GSP Status In June

Ahead of the one-year anniversary of a factory collapse in Bangladesh that killed roughly 1,100 workers, the Obama administration today (April 21) identified the hiring of more building inspectors and union registrations among the areas where the Bangladeshi government has made progress on labor rights and worker safety.

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  • U.S. Seeks WTO Panel On India Solar Program; Charges GATT, TRIMS Violations

    The United States next week will request a World Trade Organization panel to challenge India's local content requirements in both phases of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission (JNNSM), an initiative designed to boost the country's solar power sector.

  • U.S., China Appeal Rare Earths Ruling; USTR Faults Panel On Procedure

    The United States and China have appealed a March World Trade Organization panel ruling that largely sided with U.S. arguments against Chinese export restrictions on rare earths, with the U.S. objecting to the panel's refusal to consider 10 pieces of evidence submitted by complainants at an advanced stage of the proceeding.

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  • U.S. Secures Pledges On Data Transfers, Pharmaceuticals From Taiwan

    The United States this month secured commitments from Taiwan to ease restrictions on cross-border data transfer in the financial sector and to address outstanding issues on pharmaceuticals, but failed to make progress on Taiwan's continuing ban on pork from pigs raised with the ractopamine, which has blocked U.S. exports.

  • Michaud Presses Obama To Address Currency Manipulation With Abe

    Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME), the chairman of the House of Representatives Trade Working Group, this week urged President Obama to raise what he charged is Japan's currency manipulation and deliver the message that it is unacceptable in his upcoming meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

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  • USTR Says TPP Chief Negotiators To Meet In Vietnam From May 12-15

    Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will hold a meeting of their chief negotiators May 12-15 in Vietnam prior to a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers in neighboring China, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • EU Stance On Food Safety In TTIP Makes Resolving Irritants Tough Road

    The United States will have a tough time tackling some key EU agricultural trade barriers -- especially those affecting U.S. meat exports -- if senior European Commission officials adhere to their position that a bilateral trade and investment pact currently being negotiated will not change the laws governing EU food safety.


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63 House Members Press Administration For Comprehensive TPP Deal With Japan

A bipartisan group of 63 House members today (April 21) urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack in a letter . . .


Obama Lauds Biotech Developments In Letter To Borlaug's Granddaughter

President Obama this month applauded biotechnological developments in the agricultural sector and encouraged federal government efforts to catalyze them this month in a letter to . . .


ITC Sets Release Date For Green Goods Reports, May 14 Public Hearing

The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) will submit on Aug. 4 and Oct. 6 two confidential reports analyzing the effects of eliminating tariffs on certain . . .

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Commerce Launches Trade Remedy Probe Into Mexican Sugar Exports

The U.S. Commerce Department today (April 18) opened a formal investigation into allegations by U.S. sugar producers that their Mexican counterparts have benefited from unfair subsidies and dumped sugar in the U.S. market at less than fair value.


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