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Week ahead in EU trade: FAC trade, China BIT, Brexit, Japan
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Week ahead in EU trade: FAC trade, China BIT, Brexit, Japan

China and the EU will resume talks on a bilateral investment treaty this week – but don’t count on much news from the discussions. The main stories are likely to come instead from tomorrow’s Foreign Affairs Council meeting, as ministers debate and decide on a range of trade-related issues including …

Beyond Brussels: Japan threat to retaliate over US metals duties – more bark than bite?
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Beyond Brussels: Japan threat to retaliate over US metals duties – more bark than bite?

Japan may follow China by striking back against US steel and aluminium tariffs to the tune of $409 million, signalling that Tokyo is tired of trying to win an exemption from the levies through diplomacy. But the fact that Japan is weighing retaliation doesn’t mean it will actually act on …

FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
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FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand

There have been a few developments and clarifications on the variety of bilateral free trade agreements under way in the EU in recent days. So here are some updates on where things stand with Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.   EU-Mexico  ‘agreement in principle’ – next steps   …

EU’s lapsed duties on Pakistani PET are illegal, WTO Appellate Body says
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EU’s lapsed duties on Pakistani PET are illegal, WTO Appellate Body says

European antisubsidy duties on a Pakistani plastics ingredient that expired three years ago breach global trade rules, the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body said today, upholding a previous ruling.   The fact that the tariffs have lapsed means no action is required by either Islamabad or Brussels. But appeals judges’ …

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, Brexit, investment screening
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, Brexit, investment screening

Two events will happen in Brussels this week that merit close attention: the European Parliament’s international trade committee will discuss a range of headline-worthy issues during its two-day meeting and the Working Party on Trade Questions will discuss investment screening. The churn on Article 50 negotiations between the EU27 and …

Beyond Brussels: WTO tensions deepen over intellectual property, steel, Appellate Body
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Beyond Brussels: WTO tensions deepen over intellectual property, steel, Appellate Body

The World Trade Organization’s General Council meeting on Wednesday highlighted the deepening rift between the US and other members over steel, intellectual property and Appellate Body nominations. There seems to be no way out  of the crisis for now.

Council restates who is boss on FTA architecture
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Council restates who is boss on FTA architecture

Member states adopted ‘in principle’ their draft conclusions on what the European Commission terms the “new architecture” of trade agreements. Following the near collapse of CETA, the trade agreement with Canada, and the Court of Justice of the EU’s May 2017 ruling on a free trade accord with Singapore, the …