The United States yesterday (July 29) expanded its sanctions against Moscow over its incursion into Ukraine by tightening restrictions on exports of energy-related technologies to Russia, suspending export credit financing for industrial and agricultural goods, and targeting new Russian companies and financial institutions.
As World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo is engaged in a last-ditch effort to try and broker a compromise among WTO members by July 31 to resolve India's objection to the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), one proposal gaining traction is to establish regular meetings within the WTO to work towards a permanent solution on India's priority issue of food security, according to Geneva sources.
The Ford Motor Company has urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to include provisions in a bilateral auto trade deal with Japan under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would allow the U.S. to "stop the clock" on phasing out its auto tariffs if Japan moves to impose new non-tariff measures that restrict U.S. auto exports, according to a Ford executive.
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today (July 29) said the United States wants to hold talks with South Africa about how to move toward a more reciprocal trading arrangement, in a sign that the U.S may want to graduate South Africa from the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in pursuit of a free trade deal with that country instead.
Opponents of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico yesterday (July 28) questioned whether the program has collected enough data from Mexican carriers over roughly three years to constitute the statistically valid sample that is required under U.S. law before DOT could move toward a permanent resolution of the longstanding bilateral trade dispute over trucking.
The AFL-CIO wants a renewed African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) to enable the United States to take incremental, targeted measures against countries which violate the program's eligibility criteria to avoid disproportionately punishing African exporters and their workers through a total revocation of benefits.
The Commerce Department today (July 25) issued an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping (AD) probe into Chinese and Taiwanese imports of solar energy products, triggering a 15-day countdown for respondent companies to request talks on a possible suspension agreement.
- 140 House Members Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Obama To Seek Improved TPP Market Access Offer From Japan
- At AGOA Hearing, Froman Outlines Possible Tweaks To Eligibility, Rules Of Origin Provisions
- 17 Senators Pressure Commerce Not To Enter Suspension Agreement For Mexico Sugar Investigation
- Hatch Says Senate-Passed Highway Bill Keeps Available Offsets For GSP, AGOA, MTB
- Seven Senate Democrats Question OMB Trade Data Proposal, Warn Of Encouraging Outsourcing
- Federal Appeals Court Rejects AMI Argument That COOL Rule Violates First Amendment
- Senators, Industry Representatives Flag Growing Deficit, NTBs, Implementation Issues Under KORUS
- Kerry Says Investment, Trade With India Will Increase If New Delhi Fulfills Obligations, Trade Rules
- Finance To Consider Holleyman Nomination At July 30 Executive Session
- EU Updates TTIP 'State Of Play' To Reflect 6th Round Progress On Labor, Regulatory, Other Talks
- EU Calls For Respecting Bali Timeline, Signals Willingness To Overcome TFA Stalemate
- U.S., Honduran Labor Unions Call For Release Of DOL CAFTA Report, Citing Urgency Of Migrant Crisis
- DOT Data Show Mexican Truck Pilot Program Met Inspections Threshold, But With Fewer Carriers Than Anticipated
- India Demands Postponement Of TFA Until 'Permanent' Food Security Solution Found
- Froman, Punke Indicate India's TFA Objections Not Resolved Following WTO General Council
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