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Special report: WTO in crisis

Appellate Body's future could depend on whether its director keeps his job

The future of Appellate Body reform at the World Trade Organization likely lies with the fate of its director of nearly 15 years -- a powerful but divisive bureaucrat who is seen by some as a committed public servant safeguarding the institution and by others as a dictatorial workaholic who wields improper influence over appellate rulings.

Shea: No Appellate Body solution until U.S. ‘confident’ key issues are being addressed

House lawmakers introduce resolution calling on U.S. to reaffirm WTO commitments

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“An optional solution would clearly not be acceptable to France or its OECD partners.”

Fri, 3:39 PM

“The final strokes are not there, we’re coming down to short strokes,” he told Bloomberg.

Fri, 3:09 PM

Sen. Cantwell and Rep. DelBene “urge the administration to support robust U.S. assistance for capacity building” through the Labor Department and USAID.

Fri, 12:30 PM

USTR on Monday announced that the U.S. was considering raising tariffs on EU goods in response to the second compliance panel report.

Fri, 11:39 AM

The top stories from the latest issue of Inside U.S. Trade.

Fri, 11:34 AM
By Brett Fortnam

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is considering tariffs of up to 100 percent on a host of European goods including aircraft parts, agricultural goods and a variety of other products as part of its review of the retaliation it has imposed on the European Union for subsidies it provides to Airbus, according to a draft Federal Register notice set to be published next week.

By Maria Curi

Despite new U.S. demands that have further complicated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement talks, Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade on Friday expressed confidence that all issues could be resolved.

By Brett Fortnam

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin this week told the head of the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development that the U.S. had concerns with a proposed tax framework crafted to pre-empt the need for digital services taxes and suggested a new approach the OECD warned could imperil the timeline for concluding the negotiations.

By Maria Curi

A new wrench has been thrown into U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations between Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a key lawmaker told reporters on Thursday.

By Isabelle Icso

Several foreign governments and U.S. companies are pushing the U.S. International Trade Commission to recommend that the president increase the amount of solar cells that can be imported under a safeguard remedy imposed in 2018.

By Maria Curi

As U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement advocates push for a vote on the trade deal before the end of the year, Mexico’s chief negotiator said little real progress had been made in resolving a handful of outstanding differences with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer during nearly seven hours of meetings on Wednesday.

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  • Despite new U.S. demands that have further complicated U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement talks, Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade on Friday expressed confidence that all issues could be resolved.

  • A new wrench has been thrown into U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement negotiations between Mexican Under Secretary for North America Jesús Seade and U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, a key lawmaker told reporters on Thursday.

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