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Cambodian footwear, apparel, sugar face EU duty free status suspension
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Cambodian footwear, apparel, sugar face EU duty free status suspension

The European Commission has circulated initial proposals to an ‘expert group’ on the extent of suspensions of duty-free-quota-free export rights it currently grants to Cambodia. Apparel, footwear, travel goods and sugar from the fast-growing South East Asian country are among the products that will face the reintroduction of duties and …

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Week in Brussels: China, Indonesia, New Zealand, ESA

With input from Chris Horseman. The week in EU trade was dominated by preparations for trade agreement negotiations with Britain next month and Phil Hogan’s delicate trip to the United States. Hogan’s tweets mention meetings with members of Congress and the Senate and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The ‘big’ meeting …

Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington
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Japan-US-EU trilateral conversations on China resume in Washington

With the United States failing to deliver changes to Chinese subsidies and state-owned enterprise practices in the small trade ‘deal’ it is about to sign with Beijing, Washington appears keener to cooperate with other countries to address more ‘structural’ issues with the Asian behemoth. The EU and US are also …

Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP
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Week in Brussels: Breton data localisation statements, EU US, Vietnam FTA, IP

This week was mainly about the EU getting back into business mode. The main focus has been on preparing the ground for trade negotiations starting next month with the United Kingdom and managing transatlantic relations. More below. Commissioner Breton toys with idea of a data localisation obligations for business data …

Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China
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Week in Brussels: See you in Davos for e-commerce, Habemus Korea panel, China

E-commerce negotiators gear up for intense first half of 2020 After a stock-taking meeting in Geneva early this week, negotiators involved in the plurilateral negotiations on e-commerce decided there would be a ministerial meeting on the talks in January 2020 at the annual global elite meeting in Davos. The Davos …