Beyond Brussels: CPTPP countdown is on, with takeoff set for year-end
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Beyond Brussels: CPTPP countdown is on, with takeoff set for year-end

With Australia’s ratification this week of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership, the trade deal is now set to kick in next month. The accord, which will provide freer trade and investment access among its 11 members and link up markets with a combined gross domestic product of $13.4 trillion, …

EU member states approve post-Brexit TRQ split – but arguments lie ahead
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EU member states approve post-Brexit TRQ split – but arguments lie ahead

EU member states have taken an important step in approving the European Commission’s proposed approach for the reallocation of agricultural tariff rate quotas between the bloc and the UK after Brexit. The commission’s preferred methodology for splitting existing TRQs between the UK and the EU27, based on historical trade flows, …

US-UK trade agreement: British tech sector prioritises EU, Privacy Shield rollover
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US-UK trade agreement: British tech sector prioritises EU, Privacy Shield rollover

The United Kingdom recently finalised consultations with stakeholders on a bilateral free trade agreement negotiation it intends to launch on leaving the European Union next March. Some business groups are starting to reveal what input they provided to the Department for International Trade. One such report  was released by techUK,  …

WTO crisis: US cites 1989 GATT text and EU Pakistan PET case in exposé of DSB criticisms
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WTO crisis: US cites 1989 GATT text and EU Pakistan PET case in exposé of DSB criticisms

The World Trade Organization’s major trading powers blocked each others’ requests for dispute settlement panels on disputes that are likely to shape the future of the world trading system, deferring their resolution to a future date. Monday’s DSB meeting in Geneva however allowed members to hear in detail US objections …

State of the Union 2018 -  statement by the President of the Commission
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A week in Brussels: Ottawa, Brexit governance, no harnessing globalisation

A comparatively ‘quiet’ week in Brussels on trade. The week was eventful on the WTO and multilateral trade front, with Section 232 steel and aluminium tariffs, Canada’s mini WTO reform summit, and the UK’s WTO tariff schedule dominating the headlines. Ottawa WTO meeting sets ball rolling on reform As expected, …

Beyond Brussels: Chain reaction to Section 232 duties picks up speed
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Beyond Brussels: Chain reaction to Section 232 duties picks up speed

US duties on steel and aluminium are not only taking a toll on countries across the globe, but they’re triggering a “wave of direct and indirect actions and reactions” that is likely to expand in the coming weeks and months. “Obviously one country’s action becomes the second country’s reason to …