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Corrected: South Korea this week blasted a move by the World Trade Organization secretariat to delay by more than 15 months the panel proceedings in its challenge of U.S. antidumping (AD) duties on specialty steel due to a continuing shortage of resources.

The fall congressional session that kicks off next week will provide a slew of must-pass legislative vehicles to which supporters of the lapsed Export-Import Bank may seek to attach a reauthorization, but private-sector sources said House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) may be less inclined to attach Ex-Im to these proposals so as not to worsen his already-strained ties with House conservatives.

Peru's trade minister said Tuesday (Sept. 1) that no date has been set for a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial but that she expects it to take place in the next few months, while her deputy held open the possibility that Peru may ultimately agree to some level of monopoly protection for biologic drugs in TPP even though its current domestic law does not provide for any.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka this week pressed for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to take a firm position on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) while simultaneously making it clear that the labor federation is withholding judgment on the deal's merits until it comes to a conclusion.

Australia's sugar industry is making clear that it wants a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal to provide significant new access to the U.S. market that would enable it to take advantage of projected future growth in U.S. sugar import needs, but is signaling flexibility on the exact amount of market access and the mechanism to deliver it.

The Commerce Department on Tuesday (Sept. 1) announced that it will investigate allegations that imports of hot-rolled steel from seven countries are unfairly traded, with petitioners arguing that Commerce should impose antidumping (AD) duties ranging from 16.15 to 197.41 percent.

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  • The Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations (ACTPN) on Sept. 8 will hold its first meeting since being rechartered during the course of the past year, according to informed sources.

  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week delivered the most direct threat thus far that the U.S. will suspend some of South Africa's trade preferences under the African Growth and Opportunity (AGOA) Act if it does not roll back sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures that limit or completely block imports of U.S. poultry, pork and beef, according to a USTR readout of his meeting...

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  • Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries at the ministerial meeting in Maui last month were able to agree on "practically all" of the intellectual property (IP) chapter including provisions on Internet service provider (ISP) liability, enforcement, cooperation, trademarks and geographical indications (GIs), although difficult issues remain such as copyright term and pharmaceutical provisions...

  • The European Commission plans to curtail the information it shares with EU member states in electronic form about U.S. positions in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) talks and its own strategies as well, after a massive leak of EU documents raised a rebuke from Washington, according to EU sources.