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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting
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US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting

The EU joined more than a dozen World Trade Organization members in denouncing the Trump administration’s threat to impose import duties on vehicles and car parts, saying such a move would seriously disrupt the world market and harm global commerce.   Japan also suggested that such tariffs – which the …

Council details WTO reform wish list, is cautious on US auto tariff threats
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Council details WTO reform wish list, is cautious on US auto tariff threats

The European Union’s heads of government significantly amended their conclusions on trade policy in the night from Thursday to Friday, offering more detailed guidance on what they want in terms of World Trade Organization reforms – a goal the EU formally set itself this spring. The Council officially remains silent …

INTA hearing:  Evaluation of this Commission's term with regards to trade  policy: Pros and Cons
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Commission paints bleak picture of EU-US trade relations

A top European Commission trade official painted a bleak picture of transatlantic relations to a European Parliament committee today, saying US import duties on steel and aluminium as well as possible tariffs on foreign cars and car parts are “clearly detrimental” and potentially catastrophic for world trade.   The outlook …

Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA
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Week ahead in EU trade: Australia and New Zealand, duties on US goods, INTA

This week promises to be busy, with the European Parliament’s trade committee debating a range of issues including EU ties with the US and Latin America, the launch of trade negotiations with Australia and New Zealand, and the start of the bloc’s tariffs against US goods to strike back at …

Beyond Brussels: WTO complaints against US duties are similar, but not the same
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Beyond Brussels: WTO complaints against US duties are similar, but not the same

So far, six World Trade Organization members have lodged complaints challenging President Donald Trump’s assertion that tariffs on steel and aluminium are needed to protect US national security. They are broadly similar, but hardly identical, and some of the differences are quite noteworthy.   More members have ganged together in …