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U.S. Trade Representative Releases 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and 2018 Annual Report

By TH International Trade The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has released President Donald Trump’s 2019 Trade Policy Agenda and 2018 Annual Report, detailing how the Trump administration’s trade policies “are benefitting American workers and contributing to the strongest economy in decades.” Claiming that the Trump administration “inherited a significantly flawed trading system,” the report states that the administration “took immediate and decisive action to implement a new trade agenda.” The USTR indicated that it “and other parts of the Administration...

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U.S. Trade Commission Extends Public Comment Period for Trade Agreement with U.K.

By Ronald A Oleynik | Jonathan M Epstein | Antonia I Tzinova | Daniel L Burkard | Hwajeong Kim HIGHLIGHTS: The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), pursuant to Section 131 of the Trade Act of 1974, has requested the U.S. International Trade Commission (Commission) to obtain public comment pertaining to the possibility of a duty-free trade agreement with the United Kingdom covering a range of agricultural products. As a result of the U.S. federal government shutdown that lasted from Dec. 22, 2018, until...

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Economic analysis confirms significant gains from EU-US industrial tariff agreement

An economic analysis by the European Commission shows that a targeted EU-US agreement eliminating tariffs on industrial goods would increase EU exports to the US by 8% and US exports to the EU by 9% by 2033. This corresponds to additional gains of €27 billion and €26 billion in EU and US exports respectively. The European Commission has today submitted to the European Parliament and EU Member States an economic analysis on the benefits for EU and US producers and...

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Switzerland and the UK sign trade agreement

The continuation of economic and trade relations between Switzerland and the United Kingdom after the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (Brexit) is assured. Federal Councillor Guy Parmelin and the British Secretary of State for International Trade, Liam Fox, signed a bilateral trade agreement in Bern on 11 February. The trade agreement signed today by Switzerland and the UK ensures the continuation of the economic and commercial rights and obligations arising from the agreements between Switzerland and the European Union...

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President Trump Comments on Trade in State of the Union Address

In his second State of the Union address to Congress, President Donald Trump noted that he campaigned on several core promises, including “to defend American jobs and demand fair trade for American workers.” He argued that his administration has “moved with urgency and historic speed to confront problems neglected by leaders of both parties over many decades” and indicated that “one priority is paramount – reversing decades of calamitous trade policies.” His prepared speech included comments on the ongoing trade dispute with...

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EU-U.S. trade talks: European Commission publishes progress report

Brussels, 30 January 2019 The European Commission has today published a report on the implementation of the 25 July 2018 Joint Statement agreed by Presidents Juncker and Trump. In line with the Commission's commitment to transparency, the report provides a detailed overview on the state of play of the talks so far. The document was sent today to the European Parliament and Member States. The Joint Statement launched a new phase in EU-U.S. trade relations, preventing an escalation in trade tensions and setting out...

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EU-U.S. Trade Talks: European Commission presents draft negotiating mandates

The European Commission has today adopted proposals for negotiating directives for its trade talks with the United States: one on conformity assessment, and one on the elimination of tariffs for industrial goods. These negotiations follow the Joint Statement agreed by President Juncker and President Trump last July.  As part of its commitment to transparency, the European Commission is publishing the draft mandates at the same time as submitting them to the EU Member States. The Member States must now give their green light...

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EU Trade Commissioner Visits Washington DC. Read her Speech About the Current International Trade Landscape.

This week (January 7th-13th), EU Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmström spoke at the Atlantic Council in Washington D.C. about the current international trade landscape. In her speech, Malmström pointed out the importance of reforming the WTO, in order to maintain the effectiveness of the system. “International trade without the WTO would be anarchic. Countries would be bullied, companies would fall victim to unfair practices – there would be no reliability, no stability. So we need to repair and stand up for the...

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EU statement at the Trade Policy Review of the United States

Geneva, 17/12/2018 - 13:27, UNIQUE ID: 181217_10 | Statements on behalf of the EU Chair, At the last Trade Policy Review of the United States two years ago, a month before President Trump was sworn into office, I ended the EU statement with the hope that the protectionist rhetoric would end once the President-elect had taken office. Today, unfortunately, rhetoric has turned into reality and the repercussions of tariffs and other restrictions are being felt at the heart of this organisation,...

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EU and US Sanctions: Which Sovereignty?

This text is the outcome of a workshop with MARIEHÉLÈNE BÉRARD, investment banker, FARID FATAH, Ph.D. candidate in Law, PASCAL LAMY, President emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute, LOUIS SCHWEITZER, Honorary Chairman of Renault, and PIERRE VIMONT, Senior Fellow at Carnegie Europe. If one accepts Jean-Claude Juncker’s last State of the Union speech in September 2018, “the time for European sovereignty has come.” As if to prove his case, Donald Trump affirmed this before the UN General Assembly a couple...

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