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Trade attorney Stephen Vaughn will be named the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative's general counsel if USTR nominee Robert Lighthizer is confirmed, and Gilbert Kaplan will be tapped for Commerce under secretary for international trade provided Commerce secretary nominee Wilbur Ross is approved by the Senate, according to multiple sources.

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Mnuchin said he has had “a terrific conversation with my counterparts” in China and hopes to meet them soon.

Thu, 8:36 AM

The Trump administration's push for bilateral agreements and renegotiating NAFTA was seen by analysts as an opportunity to rewrite data rules.

Wed, 3:50 PM

"Nothing in the new NAFTA should be a step backward,” Ildefonso Guajardo said this week.

Wed, 2:41 PM

Some of the documents posted over the past week.

Wed, 2:07 PM

A follow-up is set for March or April.

Wed, 9:49 AM

Former U.S. and Canadian officials said the Trump administration should tone down its inflammatory rhetoric toward Mexico if it hopes to successfully renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement.

World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevêdo said the WTO has a lot of "gray areas" on tax policy, leaving open the possibility that the House Republicans' border adjustability tax plan could be constructed to align with U.S. international obligations while not commenting on the specifics of the proposal.

The World Trade Organization's first multilateral deal -- the Trade Facilitation Agreement -- entered into force on Feb. 22 with the completion of formal notification from two-thirds of the WTO membership that they had ratified the long-awaited agreement.

Trump administration officials this week defended the current methodologies applied to collect and present U.S. trade data and statistics, and dismissed as “completely inaccurate” a report by the Wall Street Journal that claimed U.S. agencies are considering changing those methodologies.

The U.S. International Trade Commission, as part of an investigation of global aluminum production and overcapacity issues, has received a slew of comments from interested parties slamming China for practices that allegedly have an adverse impact on U.S. and other producers.

President Trump's picks for Commerce secretary and U.S. Trade Representative, once in place, are likely to water down the influence currently wielded by Peter Navarro, the director of the National Trade Council, according to former trade officials and other policy observers.

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  • Analysts and academics clashed today at the Peterson Institute for International Economics over President Trump’s trade policy options in a post-Trans-Pacific Partnership world, with some saying that the Asia-Pacific deal should be revamped, enlarged and renamed. Argument also erupted over whether the administration's plan to pursue bilateral deals, including one with Japan, will succeed.

  • Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), joined by six House Democrats, on Thursday introduced a resolution called the “Blueprint for America’s Future Trade Policy” that outlines principles and a time line for the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement.