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While NAFTA negotiators this week “substantively” completed a sectoral annex on energy efficiency during an intersessional round of talks in Washington, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said at its close that the U.S. remained unsatisfied with Canada and Mexico’s willingness to engage in “serious” negotiations.  

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The secretary of State plans his first official visit to Ottawa to meet with Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland and others.

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The Treasury secretary says FIRRMA “will help ensure that CFIUS has the tools necessary to protect the national security of the United States, while maintaining our open investment environment.”

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The top stories from this week's issue of Inside U.S. Trade.

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A request for a panel on countervailing duties was filed last month.

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“We look forward to continuing to work with Thailand to resolve our remaining IP concerns.”

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) said this week that he is confident the administration is aware of the damage a withdrawal from the North American Free Trade Agreement would do to the U.S. economy, citing recent meetings with administration officials in which he said senators delivered more direct pushback than in previous discussions.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) this week warned Vice President Mike Pence and other senior administration officials not to “harm global trade” in its approach to the NAFTA negotiations.

The U.S., Canada and Mexico are unlikely to close out any new NAFTA chapters during this week’s intersessional meeting even though some are ripe for it, sources told Inside U.S. Trade, saying that negotiators instead are trying to gain clarity on individual positions and teeing up a more dynamic round slated for next month in Montreal.

Former Defense, Treasury and Commerce department officials told a House subcommittee on Thursday that the watchdog Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States needs more resources to perform its duties.

BUENOS AIRES -- Just after the close of the 11th World Trade Organization Ministerial Conference here, the U.S. declared that the path forward for the WTO lies in “sectoral agreements by like-minded countries.”

BUENOS AIRES -- World Trade Organization members have struck an 11th-hour deal to renew a moratorium on e-commerce duties as well as a moratorium that prevents members from bringing non-violation cases under the WTO’s intellectual property agreement, sources said.

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