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The group is charged with developing legislation and spreading awareness to counter China’s “dominance.”

Thu, 1:42 PM

Our weekly survey of who’s saying what.

Thu, 11:59 AM

The two-day panel hearing in Mexico City will be livestreamed.

Thu, 11:29 AM

“Deciding to explicitly require formal entry for imported goods purchased online would make them subject to the usual required inspections for compliance with consumer safety, intellectual property, forced labor, and controlled-substance laws and pay import duties.”

Tue, 5:05 PM

The top stories from the past week.

Tue, 4:14 PM
By Hannah Monicken

Technical talks on two key areas of World Trade Organization dispute settlement reform – appeal and accessibility – are beginning this week, with a focus on issues like the scope and standard of review, expectations of adjudicators, the cost of participation and alternative dispute resolution options, among others.

By Brett Fortnam

The Treasury Department has put Japan back on its monitoring list of trading partners with currency practices it says warrant closer analysis, the agency announced on Thursday.

By Hannah Monicken

World Trade Organization members this week assessed Canada’s trade policies, largely praising Ottawa as a productive and open trade partner while raising some concerns – including a handful from its largest trading partner, the U.S., largely related to dairy market access as well as intellectual property protections.

By Oliver Ward

A bipartisan group of senators on Thursday pressed senior officials for details on how the Biden administration is protecting the integrity of U.S. biofuel supply chains amid industry concerns about fraud and mislabeling of imported feedstocks.

By Hannah Monicken

Major business groups are defending investor protections in existing trade deals amid a push by some lawmakers and advocacy organizations to remove them, arguing such “safeguards” are critical to facilitate foreign direct investment that advances the administration’s goals related to the green transition, supply chain resilience and countering China.

By Brett Fortnam

U.S. business groups on Thursday reiterated calls for the U.S. to take action against Canada after its Parliament this week gave its final approval to a 3 percent digital services tax on revenues from digital services.

  • A phase-two agreement to curb harmful fisheries subsidies is “absolutely” possible before the World Trade Organization takes a break in August if governments can muster the political will to make it happen, the chair of the talks said on Friday.

  • Most World Trade Organization members this week continued to push for a two-tiered dispute settlement system at the first meeting convened by the recently appointed facilitator, but many said they were open to finding compromises and other approaches that would replace the Appellate Body, citing ideas like limits on what can be appealed and expanding the role of the interim review stage before...

  • A second Trump administration should seek to decouple the U.S. economy from China, including by imposing a 60 percent tariffs on all Chinese goods and export controls on “any technology that might be of use to China,” according to Robert O’Brien, who served the former president as national security adviser from 2019 to 2021.

  • China’s rapid buildout of its domestic nuclear energy capabilities is producing scale and “learning-by-doing” effects that will benefit its exporters, according to a report published on Monday that echoes concerns expressed by producers in the U.S. who fear foreign competitors could eclipse them in international markets.