No New Nafta Until Tariffs Have Been Lifted - WSJ
Trump made a promise, and Congress should hold him accountable for it.
9 hours ago
Trump Can Push Congress on NAFTA, but Congress Can Push Back | PIIE
Shortly after joining with the leaders of Mexico and Canada in Buenos Aires to sign a new trade accord to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), President Trump declared that he would also “formally” terminate NAFTA itself. Trump said he would act “shortly,” though as of this writing, he has not done so. But his vow signaled that he plans to play hardball in winning approval of the new trade agreement, known as the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA for short, in Congress, by presenting lawmakers with what he thinks will be no viable alternative.
9 hours ago
Does China Force Foreign Firms to Surrender Their Sensitive Technology? | PIIE
A major source of friction in the economic negotiations between the United States and China is the accusation by the US government that US firms that want to do business in China are forced into joint venture arrangements in which they must surrender access to their advanced technology. This charge has echoed through many official statements and reports, and the Trump administration has cited the issue many times as part of its agenda with the Chinese leadership.
9 hours ago
A Tragedy in the Making?: The Decline of Law and the Return of Power in International Trade Relations by Gregory Shaffer :: SSRN
It is the end of an era—potentially the close of a semblance of the rule of law in international trade relations. This article assesses the U.S. challenge to the Appellate Body and binding dispute settlement system of the World Trade Organization. Part I examines the decline of law and return of power in international trade relations. Part II explains the rationales behind the U.S. challenge to the WTO judiciary in terms of domestic politics, the rise of China, and concerns over a fundamental imbalance between WTO political and judicial processes. Part III analyzes the potential and most likely future of WTO dispute settlement—either (1) the replacement of the Appellate Body with member agreement to binding dispute settlement, potentially with ad hoc appeals, on only a reciprocity basis, thus potentially excluding the United States; or (2) reversion to the former GATT system where parties can effectively veto the adoption of a panel report. For over two decades, the Appellate Body operated as an authoritative, quasi-constitutional, international court to resolve conflicts and develop jurisprudence. In retrospect, it was a remarkable experiment in international relations. The United States and the world may soon regret its demise.
5 days ago
China Car Tariff Win Would Be Irrelevant for U.S. Automakers - Bloomberg
Trump’s levies on steel and aluminum are a far bigger challenge for U.S. auto manufacturers. Don’t expect those to go away.
5 days ago
China commerce ministry says goal in trade talks with U.S. is to remove all tariffs | Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s commerce ministry said on Thursday that the ultimate goal in Sino-U.S. trade talks is to remove all tariffs, adding that the recent meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping had been successful.
5 days ago
China hails Trump-Xi summit, says 'very confident' in trade deal | Reuters
BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Thursday expressed confidence in striking a trade deal with the United States within their 90-day ceasefire period, praising the recent meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping as highly successful.
5 days ago
China tariffs: Beijing promises prompt cease-fire with Washington
BEIJING – China’s government said Thursday it will promptly carry out a tariff cease-fire with Washington and is confident they can reach a trade agreement, suggesting Beijing wants to avoid disruptions due to the arrest of a tech executive.
5 days ago
America will suffer without a new NAFTA, top Canadian official says - POLITICO
If Congress does not approve the renegotiated U.S-Mexico-Canada free trade deal, Americans will feel serious pain, a top Canadian official says.
6 days ago
Bush’s Trade Legacy on the Line as Trump Attempts to Replace Nafta - WSJ
President is trying to replace or terminate Bush’s legacy trade policy, reflecting a shift in politics
6 days ago
India gets WTO nod to establish dispute panel - Livemint
The US blocked India’s first request on 21 November but, under WTO rules, when a complainant makes a second request the panel is automatically established
6 days ago
Saudi Arabia refuses to engage in WTO dispute brought by Qatar | Saudi Arabia News | Al Jazeera
Riyadh says it cannot engage in dispute settlement procedures because of 'national security concerns'.
6 days ago
How Tariffs Work, and Why China Won’t See a Bill - The New York Times
We don’t send a bill to China, and other basics of what happens when the United States decides to tax an imported good.
8 days ago
New Nafta’s Bad Omens - WSJ
Democrats and unions are already demanding changes.
8 days ago
Trade war truce: markets jump as Trump says China will halt new car tariffs | World news | The Guardian
Chinese state media welcomes break in trade war but warns there is ‘no magic wand’ that would fix relations immediately
8 days ago
Britain submits new terms for post-Brexit services trade at WTO | Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain has officially notified the World Trade Organization of the proposed terms for its trade in services with other countries after Brexit, an important part of its divorce from the European Union, trade minister Liam Fox said on Monday.
8 days ago
Nafta Suicide Note - WSJ
Trump threatens to give Nancy Pelosi even more political leverage over his new trade deal.
8 days ago
Trump Nafta Termination Vow Pressures Congress to Bless New Deal - Bloomberg
President Donald Trump’s threat to terminate the existing North American Free Trade Agreement puts pressure on U.S. lawmakers to limit the changes they want in a new regional pact signed to great fanfare last week by the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
8 days ago
Japan welcomes Britain's possible entry into TPP, Abe tells May | The Japan Times
BUENOS AIRES – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told British Prime Minister Theresa May on Saturday that he welcomes Britain’s expression of interest in joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, an 11-nation free trade agreement that will enter into force on Dec. 30.
8 days ago
Brady, Reichert Statements on Signing of USMCA - Ways and Means
WASHINGTON, D.C. – House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) and House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Dave Reichert (R-WA) released the following statements after the United States, Mexico, and Canada formally signed the new US-Mexico-Canada Agreement.
11 days ago
Free Trade & Protectionism -- Paper Finds America Is Not Having a 'Protectionist Moment' | National Review
Does the election of Donald Trump demonstrate that America is experiencing a “protectionist moment” in which the working class, fed up with the effects of free and global trade, fueled a bottom-up movement to curtail trade?
11 days ago
Republicans Rejected Free Trade for No Reason - Bloomberg
Many Americans may be frustrated with economic and cultural change, but they are not protectionists. 
11 days ago
Trump's Nafta Replacement Signed Yet Hurdles Remain in Congress - Bloomberg
The U.S., Canada and Mexico signed a new trade deal championed by President Donald Trump to replace the quarter-century-old Nafta pact, capping a year of intense negotiations and offering a glimmer of certainty amid rising global tensions over trade.
11 days ago
New Zealand Blocks Huawei, in Blow to Chinese Telecom Giant - The New York Times
SYDNEY, Australia — New Zealand has blocked Huawei from supplying technology for a next-generation mobile data network in the country, joining the United States and other developed countries that see the Chinese telecommunications equipment maker as a security threat.
13 days ago
American Retailers Squeeze Chinese Suppliers as Tariffs Start to Hurt - WSJ
Walmart, Amazon among those looking for ways to combat tariffs and hope for a trade truce
13 days ago
Donald Trump's tariffs not stopping China from stealing trade secrets
WASHINGTON – Yanjun Xu claimed he worked for a science and technology association. But federal prosecutors say he was really a Chinese spy looking to steal trade secrets from U.S. aviation and aerospace companies.
13 days ago
The U.S. trade deficit is growing -- and Trump's 'America First' policies aren't helping - The Washington Post
Greg Owens wants to sell his company’s stainless-steel flatware to customers in Britain and Australia. Only one thing stands in his way: the strength of the U.S. dollar.
13 days ago
WTO agrees in principle to keep Britain in procurement deal: envoy | Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - Britain said it had secured agreement in principle on Tuesday to continue as an independent member of the World Trade Organization’s Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) after it leaves the European Union.
13 days ago
Vote on Trump's NAFTA replacement unlikely this year, top House Republican says
House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady, R-Texas, told reporters on Tuesday that he does not anticipate the renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement will receive a vote for approval this Congress.
13 days ago
Donald Trump NAFTA trade deal threatened by Democrats' demands - Washington Times
President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto are set to sign the renegotiated North American free trade deal when they meet on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires later this week.
13 days ago
Tariffs won't change China, but the WTO might
All eyes at the G-20 summit in Buenos Aires this weekend will be on President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. As trade tensions rise, global markets stall, and more tariffs loom on the horizon, it is time for a new strategy to address Beijing’s trade policy practices. Instead of self-defeating and quixotic tariffs, the United States should use the World Trade Organization to discipline China.
13 days ago
EU publishes revised WTO reform proposals | Reuters
GENEVA/BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union published proposals on Monday for reform of dispute settlement at the World Trade Organization that it had agreed with China, India and other countries, hoping to overcome U.S. objections that have thrown the WTO into crisis.
15 days ago
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - WTO reform: EU proposes way forward on the functioning of the Appellate Body
Today, the EU together with other members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) - Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, India, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore and Switzerland – unveiled a proposal for concrete changes to overcome the current deadlock in the WTO Appellate Body.
15 days ago
European Commission - PRESS RELEASES - Press release - Commission welcomes agreement on foreign investment screening framework
Today the European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached a political agreement on an EU framework for screening foreign direct investment.
20 days ago
New Obstacles Arise for the New Nafta - Bloomberg
The U.S., Mexico, and Canada are expected to sign it at the G-20 summit. That won’t make it law.
20 days ago
GOP senators seek quick passage of Mexico-Canada trade deal - POLITICO
A group of Senate Republicans is pushing for Congress to approve President Donald Trump's new trade deal with Canada and Mexico before Democrats take the House in January.
20 days ago
Let’s Vote on the New Nafta in the Current Congress - WSJ
If the president adds some free-trade features to the implementing legislation, I could support USMCA.
20 days ago
WTO reform ought to take interests of China, developing world under full consideration | The Manila Times Online
Washington is right that the WTO needs reform, but the reform shouldn’t give the green light to US unilateralism.
20 days ago
WTO to set up panels to rule on US tariff disputes | Metals & Mining | Reuters
GENEVA, Nov 21 (Reuters) - The United States and opponents of President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminium tariffs both confirmed their wish to litigate on Wednesday, triggering the procedure for World Trade Organization dispute hearings, a Geneva trade official said.
20 days ago
House Democrats Debate Trump, NAFTA, and the USMCA
The new House Democrats have to figure out how to square opposition to Trump with skepticism about free trade.
28 days ago
China says U.S. controls on semiconductor firm break WTO rules | Reuters
GENEVA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. decision to cut off a Chinese state-backed chipmaker from U.S. suppliers amid allegations the firm stole intellectual property from a U.S. semiconductor company breaks World Trade Organization rules and aims to protect a U.S. monopoly, China told a WTO meeting on Tuesday.
28 days ago
Trump’s USMCA trade deal could be upended as Democrats vow to withhold support | Financial Post
The president wants speedy passage of a revised trade deal, but Democrats want significant improvements to labour and other provisions.
29 days ago
To exempt or not: How the Commerce Department decides who pays steel tariffs
Since President Donald Trump decided to levy tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum last March, the Commerce Department has been inundated with nearly 50,000 applications from companies seeking exemptions from the tariffs — 10 times the amount it initially expected. 
29 days ago
Vietnam becomes seventh country to ratify Trans-Pacific trade pact | Reuters
HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam’s lawmaking body, the National Assembly, on Monday unanimously ratified a landmark 11-country deal that will slash tariffs across much of the Asia-Pacific.
29 days ago
Fate of Trump trade agenda likely to rest with Democrats
Washington — The fate of President Donald Trump’s proposed replacement for the North American Free Trade Agreement may rest in the hands of Democrats who won control of the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday.
29 days ago
Trump’s Nafta Plan Could Be Upended by Democrats’ House Takeover - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — President Trump’s promise to quickly pass a revamped North American Free Trade Agreement has been upended by the midterm elections, with Democrats who will soon control the House vowing to withhold their support to extract greater protections for American workers.
29 days ago
EU's Juncker Signals U.S. Car-Tariffs Truce May Not Last Long - Bloomberg
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker signaled that Europe’s avoidance of extra American car tariffs might last only until year-end, the latest indication of the fragility of the trans-Atlantic truce reached in the summer.
29 days ago
What Might a Trump Withdrawal from the World Trade Organization Mean for US Tariffs? | PIIE
President Donald Trump has long made clear his disdain for the World Trade Organization (WTO) and has reportedly often stated his desire to pull the United States out of the organization. Given that the president withdrew the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement, merely floating the idea that the United States would pull out of the WTO has set off alarm bells in Washington and around the world. Before Trump became president, a US withdrawal from the WTO had never been considered within the realm of possibility. It now raises several important questions. Bown and Irwin address two of them: First, what would be the consequences for US tariffs if the United States withdrew from the WTO? Second, does the president have the legal authority to pull the United States out of the organization and impose higher tariffs without congressional approval? A decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from the WTO—if deemed legal under US law—could deal a disastrous blow to America’s foreign trade and would likely cripple an organization that has helped foster peaceful commercial relations for over seven decades.
4 weeks ago
Democrats’ House Victory Complicates Passage of New Nafta, Trade Deals - WSJ
Split Congress gives Trump’s political opponents power to demand concessions
4 weeks ago
Canada not worried about fate of new NAFTA deal following U.S. elections | Financial Post
Some U.S. commentators are already predicting the pact could face problems when the new House convenes in January
4 weeks ago
New NAFTA's sunset clause is a ticking time bomb | TheHill
The United States, Mexico and Canada just finished renegotiating the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), but the future of the new NAFTA remains uncertain.
4 weeks ago
WTO | 2018 News items - WTO issues panel report regarding Indian safeguard duties on steel products
On 6 November the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Japan in “India — Certain Measures on Imports of Iron and Steel Products” (DS518)
5 weeks ago
NAFTA 2.0: what the Trump-brokered deal may mean - CSMonitor.com
More steps remain before the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement takes effect. And in the post-deal landscape, separate trade tensions between the US and China still need to be resolved.


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A car hauler heading for Detroit drives on the lane to Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ontario in April 2017.
5 weeks ago
Trudeau says Trump's wrong, tariffs had no effect on NAFTA negot - ABC7 News
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says US tariffs weren't the reason he was willing to agree to a new trade deal earlier this year-- dismissing President Donald Trump's argument that the duties on Canadian goods forced his hand.
5 weeks ago
Japan prepares WTO subsidy case against South Korea | Financial Times
Tokyo move over support for shipbuilders is latest row between fractious neighbours
5 weeks ago
Their Soybeans Piling Up, Farmers Hope Trade War Ends Before Beans Rot - The New York Times
ARTHUR, N.D. — This is harvest season in the rich farmlands of the eastern Dakotas, the time of year Kevin Karel checks his computer first thing in the morning to see how many of his soybeans Chinese companies have purchased while he was sleeping.
5 weeks ago
Saputo Cheese Maker ‘Surprised’ by U.S. Access in Trade Deals - Bloomberg
Canada’s largest dairy processor is surprised by how much access Canada gave the U.S. to its protected dairy market and says newly inked trade pacts could be disruptive if import quotas are given to “the wrong people.”
5 weeks ago
Wilbur ‘Killer’ Ross Isn’t Worried About the Trade Wars - Bloomberg
Who do you call when you want to pick a trade fight? A centimillionaire with a fondness for tariffs and a penchant for naps.
5 weeks ago
Japan to sue South Korea at WTO over subsidies to shipbuilders | The Japan Times
Japan asked South Korea on Tuesday to launch bilateral talks over what it sees as Seoul’s unfair subsidies for shipbuilders, but a government source said the dispute will most likely go to the World Trade Organization.
5 weeks ago
Australia TPP ratification goes down to wire | afr.com
The Morrison government is in a race against time to ratify a Pacific Rim trade deal by this Thursday to secure a double tariff cut for Australian exporters and to assuage foreign trading partners who are anxiously waiting for Australia to sign up.
6 weeks ago
What's Wrong With The World Trade Organization?
One of the rare points of agreement in global trade policy is that the World Trade Organization (WTO) is in trouble. U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw. A meeting last December of ministers from WTO countries failed to produce any notable progress. Last week, alarm over the situation drove a group of countries to try to work out a solution in Canada without the world’s two biggest economies at the table.
6 weeks ago
‘Buy American’ makes its way into USMCA - POLITICO
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Government procurement contracts in North America will be dictated by a “hodge-podge” of international agreements that could make things complicated for businesses and potentially raise costs for taxpayers. We have details on the USMCA dairy rules that represent a jab against China as well as information on next steps in the WTO reform process. And the Commerce Department’s landmark “self-initiated” trade remedy case against Chinese aluminum sheets is entering its final phase this week.
6 weeks ago
Some Context for Canadians Who Love or Hate the New Nafta - Bloomberg
The “veto” over side deals with China isn’t really new, and restrictions on energy no longer just benefit the U.S.
6 weeks ago
Don't sign NAFTA 2.0 while steel tariffs remain in place, NDP says | CBC News
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh asks Trudeau government to follow Mexico's lead
6 weeks ago
WTO sets up panel for Japan-South Korea dispute over steel bar duties - Nikkei Asian Review
TOKYO (Kyodo) -- The World Trade Organization on Monday set up a panel to settle a dispute between Japan and South Korea over antidumping duties Seoul has levied on imported stainless steel bars for about 14 years, the Japanese government said.
6 weeks ago
U.S. urges EU to stop WTO steel spat, hopes for deal with Canada, Mexico | Reuters
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States said on Monday it was “deeply disappointed” the European Union was pressing ahead with litigation over U.S. and aluminum tariffs at the World Trade Organization, and urged EU member states to consider carefully their broader interests.
6 weeks ago
Chrystia Freeland: The USMCA is a good deal for Canadians | Vancouver Sun
It is the result of Canada being tough at the negotiation table, united at home, and getting the job done.
6 weeks ago
NAFTA deals leave US dairy farmers behind - ABC News
Minnesota farmer Paul Fritsche can no longer afford health insurance as he struggles to sustain a dairy farm that has been in his family for nearly a century.
6 weeks ago
Free trade in the age of Trump: Can Canada save the crumbling WTO? | Financial Post
Despite its early success, the WTO hasn't done much since 1995. Throw Trump into the mix and it all looks a lot more chaotic and confrontational, says one observer
6 weeks ago
'Look like you're doing something': Canada hosts trade reform talks without the U.S. | CBC News
2-day gathering of trade diplomats from 13 WTO members kicks off with private dinner Wednesday night
6 weeks ago
WTO Members Work to Overhaul Trade Watchdog Amid Trump’s Criticism - WSJ
Failure to meet U.S. demands could leave global commercial court in limbo: ‘Every case potentially becomes a trade war,’ one WTO official says
6 weeks ago
How to save the WTO from Washington and Beijing | Financial Times
Ministers meeting in Ottawa this week face a hugely difficult task
6 weeks ago
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