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Canada's chief negotiator in the softwood lumber talks with the United States last week cast doubt on the chances that the two sides can reach a deal by the end of a litigation standstill in October, reiterating that the Canadian industry is willing to walk away from a “bad deal” and gearing up for possible U.S. trade remedy cases.

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Reps. Pittenger and Hultgren, both Taiwan Caucus members, were in Taipei for talks with the president and other officials.

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Administration officials today told business representatives they are doing all they can to ensure the Trans-Pacific Partnership is passed as soon as possible this year, citing the ongoing “educational campaign” in which cabinet officials are making the foreign policy and economic case for passing the deal, according to a U.S. government official.

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce is preparing to release findings from a trade remedy investigation into imports of U.S. distiller's dried grains (DDG), which could result in prohibitively high tariffs for U.S. exporters of the animal feed product in their most lucrative market, according to U.S. Grains Council president and CEO Tom Sleight.

Two major environmental groups say a U.S. investigation that found significant portions of a Peruvian timber shipment were illegally harvested from the Amazon rainforest is a good first step to ensure compliance with the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement, but they want Peru to show it has the political will to crack down on the illegal timber trade.

The U.S. last week lambasted a revised European Union risk assessment on whether the North American lobster is an invasive species as lacking in scientific evidence as it continues to fight to ensure the EU does not implement an import ban on $200 million worth of U.S. lobster exports.

Brushing aside opposition from members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, as well as U.S. food safety and farm groups, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States on Aug. 22 approved Chinese state-owned enterprise ChemChina's bid to acquire Swiss agribusiness giant Syngenta.

As a September technical meeting of Wassenaar export control group countries draws closer, sources believe members of the arms control organization will coalesce around language narrowing the scope of a specific technology control stemming from the 2013 definition of “intrusion software” that has drawn the ire of the U.S. cybersecurity industry.

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  • As a September technical meeting of Wassenaar export control group countries draws closer, sources believe members of the arms control organization will coalesce around language narrowing the scope of a specific technology control stemming from the 2013 definition of “intrusion software” that has drawn the ire of the U.S. cybersecurity industry.

  • Customs and Border Protection has completed drafting its interim final rules to implement the Enforce and Protect Act, which fights evasion of existing antidumping and countervailing duty orders and becomes effective once the rules are published in the Federal Register on Aug. 22.

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  • The European Union is considering instituting a ban on imports of North American lobster after a Swedish risk assessment found that the lobsters could be an “invasive species,” but the U.S. and Canada are pushing back against the legitimacy of that assessment and the dispute has garnered attention on Capitol Hill.

  • An ambitious European Union second revised offer in the plurilateral Trade in Services Agreement could undermine the EU's negotiating position in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, according to a report prepared for the European Parliament.

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