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Inside U.S. Trade - August 22, 2014

Mexican Industry, Gov't To Propose Sugar Case Settlement Next Week

The Mexican sugar industry and the government of Mexico next week plan to make a formal proposal to the U.S. Department of Commerce to suspend an ongoing trade case against Mexican sugar imports in return for an agreement to restrain shipments of the commodity to the United States, according to two sources close to the case.

In CETA, Canada Backs Down From ISDS Carveout Linked To Eli Lilly Challenge

U.S. Team Heading To Peru Amid Claims Of FTA Labor, Enviro Violations

U.S. Steel Industry Hopes Fraying Russia Ties Will Help End Suspension Deal

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WTO Panel Faults Argentine Import Measures, In Win For U.S., EU, Japan

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel on Friday (Aug. 22) faulted import requirements imposed by Argentina as violating the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT), handing a clear victory to the United States, European Union and Japan, which launched the case in 2012.

Chilean Official Says Hanoi TPP Meeting Will Tackle SPS, TBT, Labor, Services

One of the key objectives of the Sept. 1-10 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Hanoi will be to make progress on the final outstanding issues in the chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, labor rights, technical barriers to trade (TBT), and services, according to a Chilean government official.

China Tells Commerce It Wants To Negotiate Suspension Of Solar AD Case

Beijing has told the U.S. Commerce Department it wants to negotiate a settlement that would suspend an ongoing antidumping (AD) investigation into imports of certain solar panels from China, in a move that opens up new phase in the longstanding trade spat that will likely stretch on for months but leaves many questions unanswered.

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Uncertainty Over India's Red Lines Clouds Future Of Trade Facilitation Deal

The continued lack of clarity over India's true motivations for blocking the implementation of the multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has left World Trade Organization members in a cloud of uncertainty over whether they will be able to salvage the deal when officials return to Geneva in September.

U.S., Canada Confirm Sept. 1-10 As Dates For TPP Hanoi Meeting

The U.S. and Canadian governments have confirmed that the next Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators' meeting will take place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, as previously reported by Inside U.S. Trade.

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  • Uncertainty Over India's Red Lines Clouds Future Of Trade Facilitation Deal

    The continued lack of clarity over India's true motivations for blocking the implementation of the multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has left World Trade Organization members in a cloud of uncertainty over whether they will be able to salvage the deal when officials return to Geneva in September.

  • WTO Panel Releases Final Report To Parties In U.S.-India Poultry Dispute

    A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has released a final ruling to the United States and India in a dispute over an alleged Indian ban on U.S. poultry products, and the ruling will be made public and distributed to all WTO members in the coming weeks, according to Geneva sources.

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  • China Tells Commerce It Wants To Negotiate Suspension Of Solar AD Case

    Beijing has told the U.S. Commerce Department it wants to negotiate a settlement that would suspend an ongoing antidumping (AD) investigation into imports of certain solar panels from China, in a move that opens up a new phase in the longstanding trade spat that will likely stretch on for months, but leaves many questions unanswered.

  • House Ex-Im Opponents Threaten Subpoena In Bid To Bolster Oversight

    The chairs of the House Financial Services Committee and its oversight and investigations subcommittee have warned the Export-Import Bank that they may subpoena unredacted bank records if it fails to comply immediately with their demands for those records and transcribed interviews with three bank officials.

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  • Details Emerge On Agenda, Venue For September TPP Meeting In Hanoi

    The informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Hanoi next month will include discussions on four issues that countries have consistently identified as the most difficult ones in the negotiations: market access, intellectual property (IP), environment, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to the Vietnamese government.

  • Trans-Atlantic Business Council Promoting TTIP In Eight-City U.S. Tour

    A business group representing U.S. and European Union companies is launching a multi-city campaign across the United States to highlight what it argues are the broad potential benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and try get out ahead of the type of negative publicity that has dogged the initiative in the EU.

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Trans-Atlantic Business Council Promoting TTIP In Eight-City U.S. Tour

A business group representing U.S. and European Union companies is launching a multi-city campaign across the United States to highlight what it argues are the . . .

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WTO Panel Releases Final Report To Parties In U.S.-India Poultry Dispute

A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has released a final ruling to the United States and India in a dispute over an alleged Indian . . .

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U.S., India Wrangle Over Composition Of Panel In WTO Solar Dispute

The United States and India are still wrangling at the World Trade Organization over who the panelists should be to hear a U.S. challenge alleging . . .

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Digital Privacy Group Claims Widespread Violations Of U.S.-EU Safe Harbor

A U.S. consumer privacy group has filed one of the largest-ever complaints under the U.S.-EU "Safe Harbor" data protection framework, in a move that it hopes will prod authorities in both Washington and Brussels to consistently and thoroughly scrutinize whether participating firms actually comply with the deal's rules.

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