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Thu, 12:37 PM

The legislation “encourages ‘nearshoring’ of the semiconductor supply chain ... to combat China’s growing global influence while complementing domestic investments made under the CHIPS and Science Act.”

Wed, 3:50 PM

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Wed, 12:20 PM

“These tariffs are intended not to dampen but to enhance competition, to level the playing field in key areas such as clean energy production where Chinese overcapacity threatens nascent domestic production.”

Tue, 3:13 PM

A former Biden administration NSC and NEC official calls for a sectoral-based trade approach that prioritizes “solving tangible problems that matter to the American people.”

Tue, 12:46 PM
By Oliver Ward

Chinese investments in electric vehicle manufacturing in Mexico and how to handle Chinese EV shipments across the U.S.-Mexico border will be key issues during the first six-year review of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, former trade officials said on Thursday, suggesting the results could have far-reaching implications for U.S. trade policy and other trade agreements.

By Margaret Spiegelman

The U.S., Mexico and Canada have set out new procedures for coordinating in emergency situations that could disrupt North American trade flows, filling in key details about an effort developed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Jason Asenso

The U.S. and Kenya plan to create a new joint effort focused on boosting commercial and investment ties, the leaders of the two countries announced on Thursday following talks that included a commitment to new climate-focused cooperation and discussion of their developing trade and investment partnership.

By Hannah Monicken

World Trade Organization members this week assessed one of the organization’s founding principles, debating how to ensure consensus-based decision-making becomes more outcome-oriented as many in Geneva push for breakthroughs this summer on fisheries subsidies and agriculture.

By Margaret Spiegelman

The U.S., Canada and Mexico have agreed to “expand their collaboration” on issues related to non-market practices and committed to new procedures for handling emergencies that impact trade between the three partners, they said on Thursday.

By Oliver Ward

The Biden administration will withdraw its nomination of Nelson Cunningham to serve as deputy U.S. Trade Representative following skepticism from Senate Finance Committee Democrats over his professional background and longstanding support for free trade.

  • Washington's priority for the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement’s first six-year review, to be held in 2026, is to ensure the deal’s benefits are being felt widely, especially by workers and communities that have been traditionally “left behind” by such agreements, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Wednesday.

  • Ahead of a high-level U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement meeting this week, nearly three dozen advocacy groups and unions from all three countries are pushing the partners to “clarify” legacy investor-state dispute settlement claims under USMCA’s predecessor, arguing existing “illegitimate” claims are likely to be costly and hinder climate efforts.