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Flash: China publishes position on WTO reform
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Flash: China publishes position on WTO reform

Wang Shouwen, China’s vice minister of commerce and deputy director of international trade negotiations, and Hong Xiaodong, director of the World Trade Department, briefed journalists about China’s position on World Trade Organization reform. Below is a translated excerpt of their comments. For the full text, including the Q&A with journalists …

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Flash! EU WTO panel request on US Section 232 proceeds

The World Trade Organization’s dispute settlement body will establish panels based on complaints filed by China, the European Union, Canada, Mexico, Norway, and Russia against United States tariffs on steel and aluminium introduced for national security reasons last spring. A Turkish panel request is still pending at the time of writing. …

UK to press on with TRQ split despite international opposition
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UK to press on with TRQ split despite international opposition

The UK looks set to face down growing international opposition over its plan with the EU to reallocate agricultural tariff rate quotas between the two sides after Brexit, as it pushes towards what it sees as the essential objective of establishing its own autonomous WTO tariff schedules by the end …

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 …

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 …