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Various Trade Priorities Revealed in Trump Administration’s Budget Request

18 March 2019

The Trump administration revealed a number of trade-related priorities in its recently-released budget proposal for fiscal year 2020. Among other things, the US$4.7 trillion proposed budget looks to i...Read More


Lighthizer Continues to Favour Tough Action to Achieve WTO Reform

14 March 2019

In a 12 March hearing before the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said the United States should continue to boldly use its leverage to achieve much-needed reform a...Read More


Legislative Efforts to Limit Section 232 Presidential Authority Continue

12 March 2019

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (Republican-Iowa) said on 6 March that his staff is working with Republican and Democratic committee members to develop a bill aimed at limiting presid...Read More


U.S. Claims WTO Win on Mainland China Grain Subsidies

11 March 2019

A WTO dispute settlement panel has sided with the United States in the first WTO case pursued by that country against mainland China’s agricultural support policy. A Bloomberg article notes that if ma...Read More


USTR Highlights Mainland Chinese Policies, Other Concerns in Annual Trade Policy Agenda

11 March 2019

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on 1 March the release of the Trump administration’s third annual trade policy agenda. The agenda claims that the administration inherited a “deep...Read More


U.S. to Terminate Duty-free Benefits for India and Turkey

6 March 2019

President Trump announced on 4 March his intent to terminate the eligibility of India and Turkey as beneficiary developing countries under the Generalised System of Preferences. These changes will not...Read More


DOC Launches Investigation on Titanium Sponge Imports for Possible Additional Tariffs

6 March 2019

The United States has launched a probe under Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 to assess whether imports of titanium sponge threaten to impair U.S. national security....Read More


Brazil and Mainland China Working on Mutual Recognition of AEO Programmes

4 March 2019

Brazil’s Federal Revenue Service (Receita Federal) on 22 February signed a joint work plan with China Customs for the mutual recognition of their respective authorised economic operator programmes. Th...Read More


Delay in Section 301 Tariffs Effectively Implemented

4 March 2019

At the direction of President Trump, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has issued a draft notice delaying the increase from 10 percent to 25 percent in the additional Section 301 tariffs on ...Read More


More Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Requests Denied as Reviews Move Ahead

1 March 2019

The Trump administration has denied thousands more requests for exclusions from the additional tariffs it has imposed on imports from mainland China but has made no additional approvals, according to ...Read More


Lighthizer Resists Congressional Calls for Expanded Section 301 Exclusion Process

1 March 2019

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer discussed the recently completed round of discussions with mainland China at a three-hour hearing held on 27 February before the House Ways and Means Commit...Read More


Trump Agrees to Delay Increase in Section 301 Tariffs

26 Feb 2019

President Trump said in a 24 February tweet that, in light of the “substantial progress…on important structural issues” made in the still on-going bi-lateral trade negotiations with mainland China, he...Read More


India’s Potential Removal from GSP Programme Could Boost Competitiveness of Mainland Chinese Products

25 Feb 2019

A growing list of trade irritants has stalled U.S.-India trade talks and could prompt the White House to narrow or suspend India’s eligibility for duty-free exports to the United States, according to ...Read More


U.S. Seeks to Limit Special and Differential Treatment under WTO Rules

21 Feb 2019

On 15 February, the Secretariat of the World Trade Organisation circulated a U.S. proposal aimed at limiting the rights of WTO members to self-designate as a developing country eligible for special an...Read More


Auto Import Review Results Sent to White House; No Word on Recommendations or Response

19 Feb 2019

The results of the DOC’s Section 232 investigation into the effect of automobile and auto parts imports on U.S. national security were submitted to President Trump on 17 February. However, neither tho...Read More


Federal Government Funding Bill Mandates Expanded Section 301 Product Exclusion Process

19 Feb 2019

The Consolidated Appropriations Act (H.J.Res. 31) was signed into law on 15 February to keep the U.S. federal government fully funded and open through 30 September. The legislation contains a number o...Read More


U.S. and Mainland China to Continue High-Level Trade Talks Ahead of Scheduled Tariff Increase

18 Feb 2019

The United States and mainland China saw “progress” in recent trade talks in Beijing but “much work remains,” according to a 15 February White House statement. Talks will continue in Washington during...Read More


Trump Seeks to Ramp Up U.S. Efforts on Artificial Intelligence

14 Feb 2019

President Trump issued on 11 February an executive order on artificial intelligence that seeks to ramp up U.S. efforts to remain a leader in this critical segment, which the administration considers “...Read More


Trump Open to Delaying Tariff Hike on Mainland Chinese Products

14 Feb 2019

President Trump said on 12 February that he might postpone a planned tariff increase on US$200 billion worth of imports from mainland China if the two sides are “close to a deal.”...Read More


Pressure Mounts to Eliminate Steel and Aluminium Tariffs to Secure USMCA Approval

11 Feb 2019

The Trump administration is coming under increasing pressure to eliminate its Section 232 tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium products from Canada and Mexico in order to secure approval of the U...Read More

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