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Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
Trade
Spike In Phony PPEs at Peak of COVID-19 Crisis Shines Spotlight on Issue of Illicit Trade
2020-09-11 18:03:17
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for the common cold. But a surge in demand for personal protection equipment, not to mention tobacco, alcohol and cleaning products,... Read More

Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
Business
Wine Sellers Brace for Second Round of Tariffs
2020-08-07 19:26:31
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - As if a global health crisis wasn't enough to have on their plate, wine sellers are bracing for the imposition of another round of tariffs that could raise the price of imported European wines and other products by... Read More

UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal
Trade
UK’s Truss in Washington to Press for Post-Brexit Trade Deal

U.K. International Trade Secretary Liz Truss will meet with her U.S. counterpart Robert Lighthizer in Washington on Monday as part of the third round of talks to reach a trade deal between the two countries. Prime Minister Boris Johnson put... Read More

Senate Confronts China Threat to Beat Out U.S. Economy
Geopolitics
Senate Confronts China Threat to Beat Out U.S. Economy
2020-07-23 20:25:35
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate tried to figure out a response Wednesday to a trade war with China that is taking on new urgency during the coronavirus pandemic. Republican and Democratic senators identified Chinese computer hackers and patent thieves as... Read More

López Obrador Heading to Washington to Meet Trump Amid Controversy
Trade
López Obrador Heading to Washington to Meet Trump Amid Controversy

MEXICO CITY — Donald Trump notoriously kicked off his presidential bid in 2015 by disparaging Mexican immigrants as drug dealers, criminals and “rapists,” adding: “And some, I assume, are good people.” During his own campaign two years later, future Mexican... Read More

New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
Trade
New Trade Accord Between US, Canada and Mexico Goes Into Effect
2020-07-01 18:55:56
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - It's NAFTA no more. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement, better known as the USMCA, is in full effect, formally replacing the 26-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement "Today marks the... Read More

The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality
Food
The Pandemic is Exacerbating America’s Systemic Food Inequality

Access to food has been unequal in America long before the onset of the coronavirus. But the pandemic has deepened the problem, with images of snaking lines at food banks bringing the harsh reality to light. Even in the U.S.,... Read More

US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
Trade
US-UK Free Trade Agreement Stalled Over Ag Disputes
2020-06-22 19:35:10
by Sara Wilkerson

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a disagreement concerning agricultural practices. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer revealed the impasse during testimony before the House Ways and Means... Read More

Maritime Industry Asks Congress for Bailout During Coronavirus
Trade
Maritime Industry Asks Congress for Bailout During Coronavirus
2020-06-01 12:08:15
by Tom Ramstack

WASHINGTON - Representatives of the U.S. maritime industry asked Congress for an emergency bailout Friday as they described how coronavirus is hurting ports and shippers. They are expecting their revenue to drop by as much as one-quarter below normal levels... Read More

Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
Geopolitics
Pompeo Says US No Longer Considers Hong Kong Autonomous from China
2020-05-27 19:03:43
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong Kong to have significant autonomy under Chinese rule, a move seen as foreshadowing the end of some or all of... Read More

Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
Transportation
Department of Transportation Relaxes Rest Stop Rules For Truck Drivers
2020-05-18 21:25:26
by Gaspard Le Dem

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Thursday that it had finalized new rules to give truckers more flexibility on their driving hours. The announcement comes after two years of intense public debate over how to give... Read More

China Still Implementing US Trade Deal, Chinese Envoy Says
Trade
China Still Implementing US Trade Deal, Chinese Envoy Says

China’s ambassador to the U.S. said his country is still implementing the first phase of a trade agreement signed with the U.S. earlier this year and called for both nations to assess the changing situation as the coronavirus presents global... Read More

COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
Geopolitics
COVID-19-Driven Trade Decisions Must Ensure Free Flow of Goods
2020-04-10 18:37:23
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need to resist the temptation to erect new barriers to trade, an international trade watchdog said Friday. Further, the report said,... Read More

Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
Energy
Justices Rule Firm Chartering Vessel For Transport of Oil Obligated to Provide Safe Berth
2020-03-30 20:28:08
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm that contracted for a delivery of oil was obligated to provide “safe berth” for the vessel carrying it. The underlying... Read More

Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
Trade
Expert Says USMCA Will Make North American Firms More Competitive
2020-03-27 13:40:19
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new chapter in North American commerce began two weeks ago Friday, when Canada became the third and final country to ratify... Read More

First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
Trade
First Post-USMCA Challenge: COVID-19 Border Closures
2020-03-20 16:50:32
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set to impose similar restrictions at the U.S. border with Mexico later today. It was only two months ago President Donald... Read More

Trump Signs USMCA, Declaring an End to 'the NAFTA Nightmare'
Trade
Trump Signs USMCA, Declaring an End to 'the NAFTA Nightmare'
2020-01-29 19:50:57
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed the new North American trade deal into law on Wednesday, declaring an end to "the NAFTA nightmare" and the beginning of a "glorious future." During an outdoor signing ceremony at the White House, Trump... Read More

Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
Trade
Senate Approves Revised USMCA Trade Deal by Huge Margin
2020-01-17 17:02:20
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade deal, the same day the chamber turned its attention to the president's impeachment trial. Once it's signed by Trump, USMCA... Read More

Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved
Trade
Analysis: New US-China Trade Deal Leaves the Thorniest Problems Unresolved

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China on Wednesday that provides the president with political bragging rights but allows both sides to put off the most difficult... Read More

USMCA Bill Tough Vote for Democrats Over Lack of Environmental Protections
Trade
USMCA Bill Tough Vote for Democrats Over Lack of Environmental Protections

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Merkley faced a difficult vote Tuesday as he joined colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee to advance the bill that would implement President Donald Trump’s new trade deal. The Oregon Democrat said the... Read More

Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
Trade
Senate Panel Approves USMCA, Moving It One Step Closer to Ratification
2020-01-08 14:43:01
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday gave its approval to the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, moving it a step closer to ratification. The 25-3 vote by the committee sent the trade deal, also known simply as USMCA, to... Read More

Trump Says He'll Sign First-Step China Trade Deal on Jan. 15
Trade
Trump Says He'll Sign First-Step China Trade Deal on Jan. 15

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will sign the first phase of a trade deal with China at the White House next month. Trump says Tuesday in a tweet that he'll then travel to Beijing... Read More

USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade
In The News
USMCA Seen as Model for Easing Partisan War Over Trade

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator and senior Democrats have declared that with House passage of a rewrite of Nafta, they’ve found a formula for Republicans and Democrats to forge trade deals despite Washington’s deep partisan divide. The... Read More

Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
Trade
Revised North American Trade Deal Overwhelmingly Passes House
2019-12-20 14:41:04
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the impeachment of President Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans threw their support behind a new trade agreement with Canada and Mexico.... Read More

No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says
Trade
No Date Set for U.S.-China ‘Phase Two’ Talks, Lighthizer Says

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade talks, said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, contradicting a suggestion by President Donald Trump that negotiations would start right away.... Read More

Analysis: Why On The Same Day Did Democrats Move to Impeach Trump — Then Bless His Trade Deal?
Political News
Analysis: Why On The Same Day Did Democrats Move to Impeach Trump — Then Bless His Trade Deal?

WASHINGTON — In the span of one hour Tuesday, House Democrats moved to impeach President Donald Trump for abusing his office and simultaneously delivered his biggest legislative win of the year by agreeing to a long-stalled trade deal — a... Read More

Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
Congress
Experts Decry End of 'Fair and Binding' Trade Rules After US Knee-Caps WTO Court
2019-12-10 22:55:10
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Trade experts told a congressional panel led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on Tuesday that the U.S. businesses and manufacturers will suffer if the decades-old rules-based trading system is allowed to fall by the wayside as the Trump... Read More

Democrats, White House Reach Deal on New North American Trade Agreement
Trade
Democrats, White House Reach Deal on New North American Trade Agreement
2019-12-10 22:51:49
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON — Long after some thought an agreement between the House and the Trump administration on a new North American trade pact would require a miracle, a deal was finally announced on the same day the House unveiled impeachment charges... Read More

Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
Congress
Peters Eschews Spotlight to Roll Up Sleeves and Get Things Done
2019-12-10 19:52:13
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to reach across the aisle to get things done. Whether it’s introducing legislation to make cost-effective biosimilar drugs more accessible, leading... Read More

U.S. Labor Leader Trumka Is Said to Back Trump’s NAFTA Rewrite
Trade
U.S. Labor Leader Trumka Is Said to Back Trump’s NAFTA Rewrite

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump secured approval for his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement from a key U.S. labor leader, according to three Trump administration officials, clearing one of the final hurdles for the deal to get a vote in Congress as... Read More

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