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Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross next week will brief the House Ways & Means Committee on his agency’s Section 232 investigations into steel and aluminum imports, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

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The White House adviser says the order includes “balanced international trade” as an element of “national power.”

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“The U.S. can no longer sit back and watch as essential industries like steel are destroyed by foreign companies unfairly selling products in the U.S.”

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Richard Grenell is a former U.S. spokesman to the United Nations.

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The Business Roundtable has added its name to a growing list of business groups that will not support the nomination of former New Jersey Rep. Scott Garrett (R) to serve as the president and chairman of the Export-Import Bank because Garrett has not said he supports the agency he has been tapped to lead.

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross this week told a group of steel CEOs that pressure on the White House will be needed to get his agency’s Section 232 steel investigation over the finish line, while the executives, in a separate meeting with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, discussed potential alternatives to the Section 232 route, sources told Inside U.S. Trade.

The United States and China announced Thursday that a final phytosanitary protocol -- over a decade in the making -- has been signed, allowing the U.S. to export rice to China provided certain requirements are met.

Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. said on Thursday that parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement will soon publish a schedule for the renegotiations as they strive to conclude them by the end of the year, but his Canadian counterpart believes the lengthy list of U.S. objectives released this week could make that difficult.

Canada has followed up on its year-old initiative to streamline dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization via the voluntary adoption of best practices by introducing four new proposals. Geneva sources say those proposals, and backing from other members, could signal confidence and a desire to improve the dispute settlement body while delays and other issues persist.

Europeans remain unsure whether the U.S. will maintain the level of protection for the data of EU citizens stipulated under the Privacy Shield agreement because the Trump administration has not reaffirmed rules put into place by the Obama administration -- and has yet to install the political appointees who would guide the issue, the European Parliament's lead member on data protection said this week.

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  • Mexico's ambassador to the U.S. said on Thursday that parties to the North American Free Trade Agreement will soon publish a schedule for the renegotiations as they strive to conclude them by the end of the year, but his Canadian counterpart believes the lengthy list of U.S. objectives released this week could make that difficult.

  • Following meetings between U.S. and Colombian officials in Washington, DC, this week, U.S. lawmakers said they believe Colombia has considerable work left to do to get its labor standards in check in an ongoing dispute under the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement.