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Imports of steel and aluminum are weakening national security and should be curtailed by tariffs or quotas, the Commerce Department said on Friday, outlining a range of options it delivered to President Trump last month.

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Kaplan to be released as a “show of good faith,” but Nikakhtar and “any other Commerce nominees” won't be.

Fri, 2:38 PM

The top stories from this week's issue of Inside U.S. Trade.

Fri, 12:35 PM

The state, he says in a video announcing his candidacy, “has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington.”

Fri, 9:38 AM

Hatch: “I look forward to their quick and fair confirmations on the Senate floor.” Lighthizer: “No administration has ever had to wait this long for its first Senate-confirmed deputy USTR.”

Thu, 3:46 PM

A Japanese newspaper said discussions began in January and the case could be brought as early as March; a source told Inside U.S. Trade that nothing has been decided.

Thu, 1:47 PM

India’s latest round of tariff hikes has drawn the attention of the Trump administration as well as affected industries in the U.S., which sources said could prompt trade policy responses ranging from investigations to negotiations on a bilateral agreement.

A large group of Republican senators, ahead of the Australian Prime Minister’s visit to the White House next week, will encourage President Trump to re-engage with the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries on an “improved” deal, saying that re-joining TPP would build on the economic growth he has facilitated through the tax bill and regulatory reforms.

Two top Trump administration officials this week voiced optimism about concluding the renegotiation of NAFTA and dodging withdrawal from the deal.

After the sixth round of NAFTA talks wrapped up late last month, the Canadian government presented its automotive rule of origin ideas to the congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as U.S. industry and union leaders -- drawing the ire of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who sources said felt their engagement diminished his leverage in the talks.

Industry stakeholders could find themselves without access to briefings by North American Free Trade Agreement negotiators during the next round of talks, as charters authorizing the advisers is set to expire on Tuesday with no guarantee that they will be renewed – and the advisers reappointed – before the Mexico City round begins.

Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) hopes the Trump administration does not move to modernize the Central America Free Trade Agreement, arguing that doing so would only bring more instability to the region.

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  • After the sixth round of NAFTA talks wrapped up late last month, the Canadian government presented its automotive rule of origin ideas to the congressional committees of jurisdiction as well as U.S. industry and union leaders -- drawing the ire of U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, who...

  • The chairmen and ranking members of the House Ways & Means Committee and its Trade subcommittee, along with other members of the panel, are calling on the Senate to quickly confirm nominees for top positions in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative because they believe it will improve...

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