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The party-line vote on the bill, which includes tax credits for electric vehicles that could spur trade challenges, was 220-207.

Fri, 5:52 PM

Of the 16 WTO members -- including the U.S. -- with export subsidy programs, 13 have updated their schedules to remove those commitments.

Fri, 2:48 PM

Bianchi and USTR Katherine Tai also discussed the framework with Australia’s trade and tourism minister.

Thu, 5:37 PM

The department wants to “widen the pool of qualified candidates and to ensure that diverse points of view are represented.”

Thu, 2:53 PM
By Margaret Spiegelman

Two House lawmakers earlier this month pressed the Commerce Department to give “full and fair consideration” of claims made by U.S. industry following the department’s preliminary review of trade remedies on wooden cabinets from China that assigned zero dumping margins to more than a dozen companies.

By Jason Asenso

A recently proposed bill designed to combat “economic coercion” against U.S. allies would make it too easy for a president to lower duties, according to the United Steelworkers.

By Brett Fortnam

A full Chinese military blockade of Taiwan would be difficult to impose and is likely counter to Beijing’s economic interests, analysts said this week after China began aggressive military exercises in response to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) visit to Taipei last week -- exercises these analysts say could compel the U.S. and Taiwan to deepen cooperation, including on trade.

By Margaret Spiegelman

A White House official tasked with leading the Biden administration’s work on supply chain disruptions is calling for more action to address shipping bottlenecks straining importers and exporters -- including, potentially, round-the-clock operations throughout the transportation supply chain.

By Margaret Spiegelman

Senate Finance Committee member Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) is pressing the Commerce Department to revisit a proposed rule that could waive antidumping and countervailing duties on solar imports from Southeast Asia for up to two years -- warning the rule, as drafted, could undermine the department’s enforcement of U.S. trade remedy laws.

By Jason Asenso

U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday laid out the administration's intent to ensure strong enforcement of trade deals, promising in a speech to the United Steelworkers both continued efforts under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement and “corporate accountability” via the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity.

  • The recently completed World Trade Organization deal to rein in global fisheries subsidies could enter into force in a year or less if governments choose to move quickly, WTO Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said on Thursday, arguing that implementing the deal quickly -- and not in the usual two to three years -- is paramount for ocean sustainability.

  • As lawmakers and industry groups increase pressure against the push at the World Trade Organization to expand a recent intellectual property decision to include diagnostics and therapeutics, the Biden administration has kept a low profile, declining to say publicly where it stands -- but its past positions and a recent statement suggest no eagerness to move forward on the issue.

  • A high-profile trip to Taiwan by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a handful of other lawmakers has left the geopolitical situation between the U.S. and China “particularly complicated,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Wednesday, though Pelosi and the rest of the congressional delegation argued that the visit was well within the normal U.S. position toward Taiwan and China – and sent a strong message to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

  • The first-ever forced labor strategy being developed by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative should include robust enforcement and collaboration at home and abroad, organizations that have provided official feedback agree.

  • A Mexican government agency created to oversee labor reforms mandated by the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement has approved new guidelines for union democracy, following analysis of two years of reform efforts and several complaints about worker-rights violations in the country filed by the U.S. under USMCA.

  • Canada intends to launch a dispute under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement over U.S. antidumping and countervailing duties on softwood lumber, Canada’s Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development Mary Ng said on Thursday following the results of a review of those duties by the Commerce Department.