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EU post-Section 232 steel safeguard measures criticised in WTO meeting
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EU post-Section 232 steel safeguard measures criticised in WTO meeting

The EU’s safeguard measures on steel, introduced this summer to avoid deflection of pipes, wires and rods following Washington’s decision to impose 25% steel tariffs on national security grounds, is raising hackles with trading partners. Seven World Trade Organization members expressed their grievances in Geneva today against the bloc’s decision …

Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?
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Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?

There were unpleasant noises from US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on Wednesday night following Ross’ meeting with EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels. Some media outlets called it the end of the trade ‘truce’ with the United States reached last summer. It …

US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform
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US WTO ambassador rejects EU ideas on Appellate Body reform

Dennis Shea must have been wearing his dancing shoes when he spoke at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington on Friday. The US ambassador to the World Trade Organization pirouetted around most of questions that, had they been answered, would have offered some new insights into the …

Week in Brussels: Cambodia and Myanmar EBA suspension, EU-US, Mercosur
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Week in Brussels: Cambodia and Myanmar EBA suspension, EU-US, Mercosur

This week has been heavy on World Trade Organization issues (EU’s WTO reform pitch, services domestic regulation talks, US engagement with WTO reforms), the fallout from the new NAFTA,with bits on what’s happening (not) on Britain’s fabulous post- Brexit trade deals. Member states met in Innsbruck today – and there …

Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?
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Beyond Brussels: Just why hasn’t the US tabled its own proposals on WTO reform?

Washington’s insistence that the World Trade Organization must be modernised before it gets behind proposals to fill Appellate Body vacancies begs the question: Why hasn’t the US come up with its own proposals to reform the Geneva-based trade body? The Trump administration said in its February Trade Policy Agenda that …

USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions
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USMCA: EU should take note of certain provisions

He’s done it again: US President Donald Trump took credit for clinching a “wonderful” deal with Canada after Washington and Ottawa said they had reworked the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement just weeks after Mexico accepted a revision of the trilateral pact. Sunday’s announcement came six days after Trump finalised …

Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is
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Beyond Brussels: Revised KORUS is hardly the ‘very big deal’ Trump claims it is

Donald Trump signed his first major trade deal on Monday, an update to the US pact with Korea that the president called a “very big deal” that is “very, very good for American farmers”. More sober assessments are that the revisions to the Korea-US Free Trade Agreement are modest and …