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U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will head to the House on Tuesday and the Senate on Wednesday for annual hearings on the administration’s trade policy, one she steadfastly defends as a still-evolving paradigm shift focused on workers even as lawmakers grow more restive about its underpinnings and implications.


Fareed Zakaria: “What an irony it would be if policies designed to keep populists at bay end up punishing mainstream politicians instead.”

Mon, 6:30 AM

More than 50 countries, including the U.S., will hold elections this year.

Fri, 4:23 PM

The deal’s implementing legislation calls for five economic impact studies by 2031.

Fri, 10:38 AM

The top stories from our latest weekly.

Fri, 10:15 AM

Our weekly survey of who’s saying what.

Thu, 11:36 AM
Insider Interview
By Oliver Ward , Margaret Spiegelman

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has often touted the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s rapid response mechanism -- designed to strengthen labor rights for Mexican workers -- as one of the Biden administration’s top trade policy accomplishments and suggested something like it could be part of other deals, but replicating the mechanism will require adjustments, says former USTR General Counsel Greta Peisch.

By Hannah Monicken

The U.S., the European Union and a few other closely allied countries have revived a U.S. proposal to codify certain question-and-answer practices related to subsidy notifications at the World Trade Organization, with the goal of improving transparency.

By Jason Asenso

U.S. and Argentine officials this week discussed Buenos Aires’ “willingness” to join the Americas Partnership for Economic Prosperity, the Argentine Foreign Ministry said.

By Margaret Spiegelman

A group of House Ways & Means Republicans on Thursday took a swipe at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s approach to digital trade policy, saying the exclusion of some foreign regulations in a recent agency report signaled the administration is not interested in defending against digital trade barriers.

By Brett Fortnam

China’s penetration into Europe’s electric vehicle market is a cautionary tale for the U.S., Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asserted on Thursday, calling for the administration to use all tools at its disposal to ban Chinese-made EVs from entering the U.S.

By Hannah Monicken

A new bill introduced by key senators would renew the African Growth and Opportunity Act for an additional 16 years, to 2041, and update the initiative by spacing out eligibility reviews, providing a range of enforcement options and tapping the State Department and Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to conduct such reviews and enforce the program, among other changes.

  • Global goods trade is expected to pick up this year and next following a slight dip in 2023, the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday, warning that ongoing conflicts, geopolitical tensions and protectionist economic policy could impact the forecasted rebound.

  • The U.S. has accepted China’s request to hold consultations at the World Trade Organization about Inflation Reduction Act measures, the first step in a formal dispute, and revealed some arguments it may advance in defending one of the Biden administration’s signature legislative efforts.