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The top stories from the past week.

Wed, 12:27 PM

The bill “is critical to ensuring that all national interests are taken into account prior to the imposition of tariffs or quotas.”

Tue, 5:34 PM

The USTR and Labor Secretary Marty Walsh also discussed the implementation of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as well as digital trade.

Tue, 4:12 PM

A look at the three steps the WTO can take toward revival.

Mon, 2:55 PM

A rundown of this week's events.

Mon, 2:55 PM
By Margaret Spiegelman

Ahead of a U.S.-Africa trade ministerial set to be hosted by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week, trade ministers from Kenya and Mauritius on Tuesday said they hoped the U.S. would soon provide more certainty about the future of its trade-policy cornerstone with countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

By Hannah Monicken

The three conveners of the plurilateral World trade Organization negotiations on e-commerce are pressing participants to up the intensity of the talks ahead of the upcoming 12th ministerial conference and urging them to make “further progress.”

Insider Interview
By Brett Fortnam

A group of World Trade Organization members concluded the Information Technology Agreement, a deal to eliminate tariffs on a range of technology products that included computers, fax machines, pagers and semiconductors, in 1996 -- the same year Texas Instruments released the TI-83 graphing calculator, Microsoft introduced the wheel mouse, and the first commercial USB cable and port were issued.

By Madeline Halpert

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner nominee Chris Magnus on Tuesday vowed to “give full force” to laws that tackle forced labor, pledging to the Senate Finance Committee during his confirmation hearing to make trade enforcement issues a top priority if he is confirmed.

By Margaret Spiegelman

A group of U.S. solar manufacturers asking the Commerce Department to investigate companies they allege are evading longstanding trade remedies against China say an industry group representing Chinese entities has mounted a “high-pressure campaign” to unmask their identities -- efforts they say could lead to retaliation from China and risk putting the domestic solar industry “out of business for good.”

By Hannah Monicken

World Trade Organization negotiators are aiming to include some food security issues in the agriculture package trade ministers will have before them at the upcoming 12th ministerial conference, but WTO members have not yet been able to agree on what the food security portion should look like.

  • Lawmakers should push to quickly pass funding for the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors for America Act as well as 5G infrastructure by taking the provisions from the Senate-passed U.S. Innovation and Competition Act and adding them to infrastructure and reconciliation bills under consideration in Congress, Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) said on Monday.

  • Two House Foreign Affairs Committee members this week unveiled a bill that would establish an interagency task force to craft and implement a government strategy to counter what they call China’s “coercive economic measures.”

  • To avoid trade tensions and fragmentation, as well as to provide certainty for businesses, the international community should institute a global carbon price, World Trade Organization Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Thursday, arguing that tackling climate change and other global issues will especially require the cooperation of the largest economies in the U.S., European Union and...

  • The European Union on Thursday challenged India’s interpretation of the bloc’s proposal on intellectual property obligations for pandemic-related products and said World Trade Organization members had found "many points of convergence” on aspects of its approach, according to a Geneva-based trade official.