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With roughly four weeks remaining in the legislative session before the November elections, congressional trade committee staff has not yet begun working with the Obama administration on an implementing bill for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and is still focused on implementation issues.

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“It is now more important than ever that the country, the Congress, and President Obama hear specifically that you oppose a vote on the job-killing TPP after the election.”

Thu, 2:11 PM

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Thu, 11:20 AM

She will also co-chair the second U.S.-India CEO Forum with Jeff Zients, director of the National Economic Council.

Thu, 10:13 AM

“The growth of global value chains and inter-industry trade are blurring the distinction between exports and imports and fundamentally changing the meaning of bilateral balances.”

Thu, 8:52 AM

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Aug. 25 said the current Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement will not be taken up by the Senate this year, noting that the deal has serious flaws that can be fixed by the next administration.

The outcome of a high-profile section 337 case against China could hand U.S. companies a new tool to block imports of products that were built using U.S. trade secrets stolen through a cyberattack, according to attorneys and trade experts.

Interim final regulations issued this week by Customs and Border Protection to establish a new process for investigating the evasion of antidumping and countervailing duties will set deadlines and require public notifications, but may fall short of ensuring that interested parties get sufficient information to participate effectively in an investigation, according to private-sector lawyers.

Citing a lack of consensus among government agencies, South Korea has announced it will delay a decision on whether to allow Google to export mapping data to servers located outside of the country and whether the company is required to blur national security-sensitive locations on its maps.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will take a second look at its decision not to extend duty-free treatment for travel goods from all Generalized System of Preferences beneficiaries following a stream of criticism from members of Congress, U.S. travel goods importers and several developing countries.

Labor rights and business groups are waiting to see how the Peruvian government will address labor reforms after newly elected President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski's administration indicated it prefers to seek broader changes instead of focusing solely on compliance issues with the U.S.-Peru free trade agreement.

Around the World
  • 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.

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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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