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The top stories from this week’s issue.

Wed, 5:23 PM

The U.S. has maintained a block on filling Appellate Body vacancies since mid-2017.

Wed, 11:19 AM

Our weekly look at who’s saying what.

Tue, 3:32 PM

“I can’t stress how important that is.”

Tue, 3:18 PM
By Hannah Monicken

World Trade Organization members must work toward “acceptable compromises” in the negotiations to curb harmful fisheries subsidies, the chair of the talks said last week, praising “growing convergence” but acknowledging that significant divisions remain ahead of an end-of-year deadline.

By Isabelle Icso

The U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday made an affirmative determination to extend safeguard restrictions on imports of large residential washers and parts.

By Jesse Chase-Lubitz

A group of American companies and trade associations plans to send congressional leaders a letter next week urging “immediate passage” of the Generalized System of Preferences, ideally in early December.

By Isabelle Icso

The European Commission should use the momentum generated by a limited tariff deal with the U.S. to advance toward a “broader cooperation agreement” that goes beyond tariff reductions, members of the European Parliament argue in a resolution under debate this week.

By Brett Fortnam

The Commerce Department on Tuesday issued preliminary countervailing duties on Chinese twist ties, claiming Chinese producers benefit from an undervalued renminbi. 

By Hannah Monicken

President-elect Joe Biden’s trade transition team has a lengthy list of issues to assess as it reviews the operations of the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative under President Trump – a process likely made easier by the start of the official transition this week – but Biden’s policy direction is unlikely to be clear until his USTR pick is announced, according to former agency officials and members of past transition teams.


  • The Agriculture Department expects China to import a record-setting $27 billion worth of U.S. agricultural goods in fiscal year 2021, but to fall short of the more than $40 billion year-two target for U.S. agricultural imports set in the U.S.-China phase-one trade agreement, according to a...

  • President-elect Joe Biden’s reported pick to lead the Treasury Department, Janet Yellen, has advocated for a World Trade Organization-compliant carbon tax, while his choice for national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, says the Biden administration’s approach to China will begin with domestic...

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