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

WASHINGTON - It wasn't unexpected. Counterfeits and knockoffs are all around us, from sneakers to handbags and even cures for... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - As if a global health crisis wasn't enough to have on their plate, wine sellers are bracing for... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Senate tried to figure out a response Wednesday to a trade war with China that is... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - It's NAFTA no more. As of 12:01 this morning, the U.S. - Mexico - Canada trade agreement, better... Read More

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

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

Trade agreement talks between the United States and the United Kingdom have been tabled for the foreseeable future over a... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Representatives of the U.S. maritime industry asked Congress for an emergency bailout Friday as they described how coronavirus... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Wednesday that he's informed Congress the State Department no longer considers Hong... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration announced on Thursday that it had finalized new rules to give truckers... Read More

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

China’s ambassador to the U.S. said his country is still implementing the first phase of a trade agreement signed with... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Despite the continued uncertainties related to the COVID-19 virus, government officials trying to beat back the pandemic need... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a case with implications to both maritime transportation and international trade, the Supreme Court ruled a firm... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - Although it barely caused a ripple given the understandable focus on the worldwide coronavirus outbreak, a historic new... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Canada-U.S. border will close to all non-essential travel in both directions Friday night, and officials are set... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump signed the new North American trade deal into law on Wednesday, declaring an end to... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — The Senate handed President Donald Trump a policy victory on Thursday, backing USMCA, the new North American trade... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — After nearly two years of a bruising trade war, President Donald Trump signed a trade deal with China... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — Sen. Jeff Merkley faced a difficult vote Tuesday as he joined colleagues on the Senate Environment and Public... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - The Senate Finance Committee on Tuesday gave its approval to the new U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, moving it a... Read More

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

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump says he will sign the first phase of a trade deal... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s top trade negotiator and senior Democrats have declared that with House passage of a rewrite... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a strong show of bipartisan cooperation just hours after they were at each other's throats over the... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — No date has been set so far for the U.S. and China to kick off “phase two” trade... Read More

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?

WASHINGTON — In the span of one hour Tuesday, House Democrats moved to impeach President Donald Trump for abusing his... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — Trade experts told a congressional panel led by Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., on Tuesday that the U.S. businesses... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON — Long after some thought an agreement between the House and the Trump administration on a new North American... Read More

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

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

WASHINGTON - In a divisive political era, Rep. Scott Peters, a California Democrat, still manages to find a way to... Read More

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

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump secured approval for his U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement from a key U.S. labor leader, according to... Read More

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

2019-12-09 22:18:53
by Dan McCue
House, Trump Have Tentative Deal on North American Trade Pact

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite... Read More

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have reportedly reached a tentative agreement with labor leaders and the White House over a rewrite of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade deal, otherwise known as USMCA. News of the deal was initially reported by The Washington Post,... Read More

2019-12-06 21:27:21
by Dan McCue
Jeans Brands, Suppliers Urge House to Move Quickly on Approving USMCA

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't... Read More

WASHINGTON - Inaction in Congress on USMCA, the proposed new trade deal between the United States, Mexico and Canada, isn't just a political matter, it's causing real concern for some of the nation's most recognizable brands and the network of... Read More

US Mulls Duties on $2.4 Billion in French Goods Over Tech Tax

WASHINGTON — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital... Read More

WASHINGTON — The U.S. proposed tariffs on roughly $2.4 billion in French products, in response to a tax on digital revenues that hits large American tech companies including Google, Apple Inc., Facebook Inc. and Amazon.com Inc. “France’s digital services tax... Read More

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