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US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors
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US Section 232 remedies seen as threat to EU aluminium, steel sectors

US proposals on how to punish foreign steel and aluminium exporters for unfair trade practices miss the point and would do more harm than good, European Aluminium says.   Global excess capacity – specifically in China – is the “root cause of the main challenges” that the aluminium industry faces …

Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam
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Week ahead in EU trade: Indonesia, Mercosur, Brexit, ‘conflict’ minerals, Vietnam

It’s going to be a packed week in Brussels, with everything from continuing trade talks with Mercosur and Indonesia and a new round of Brexit negotiations. And the European Parliament’s trade committee will also have a couple of busy days this week.   EU, Indonesia to exchange tariff offers   …

A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines
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A week in Brussels – Taking on China – South America – ASEAN – Trade Valentines

With many people out of town skiing it’s been comparatively quiet in Brussels town itself. A lot happened actually outside of Brussels. Trade pros even got time to write #TradeValentines poems.   EU and US join Japan in plans to take China to WTO over tech protectionism   A new …

EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions
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EESC resolution adds to pressure on FTA partners to respect ILO conventions

The European Economic and Social Council almost unanimously adopted a resolution yesterday calling on the EU to step up its efforts to give greater weight to labour and environment chapters – known as TSD chapters – in its free trade agreements. This move adds to a rising number of calls on …

China MES case may ride on negotiating history of WTO accession protocol
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China MES case may ride on negotiating history of WTO accession protocol

The negotiating history of China’s World Trade Organization accession protocol could play a central role in the outcome of Beijing’s WTO complaint about EU dumping methodologies, according to a new study that pinpoints weaknesses in the US and European interpretation of the controversial Article 15.   Weihuan Zhou and Delei …

Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP
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Beyond Brussels: UK-China, state of the union, solar tariffs, NAFTA, RCEP

May, Xi discuss trade barriers   UK Prime Minister Theresa May said today that she and Chinese President Xi Jinping discussed the importance of removing barriers to commerce, especially for British food, drink and financial services, as the two countries move toward a post-Brexit trading relationship. May, speaking at a business summit …

Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners
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Brexit transition: EU won’t stop UK from talking to other trading partners

  The United Kingdom won’t be blocked from negotiating or renegotiating international trade agreements with third countries during the Brexit transition period, as long as it doesn’t start applying them before the end of that period, EU member states clarified today.   Although doing so is the British government’s formal …

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Week in Brussels – Japan first, Mercosur politics, investment screening

In Brussels, there is a lot of movement behind the scenes to try and finalise trade agreements with Mexico, Mercosur and Japan. Investment screening is climbing the policy priority list.   The EU lost a case in the World Trade Organization against Indonesia over dumping duties it applies against palm …