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In brief: Malmström sees early 2019 as EU-US regulatory deal milestone
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In brief: Malmström sees early 2019 as EU-US regulatory deal milestone

EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström reported “progress on regulatory cooperation” during her meeting with counterpart Robert Lighthizer in Washington yesterday. The two sides are seeking to strike bilateral deals to reduce red tape for trade at the border and avoid duplicative testing procedures. “We could see decisions already [in the] …

Cold wind blows on trade with Europe after Trump’s France visit
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Cold wind blows on trade with Europe after Trump’s France visit

The White House is circulating a Section 232 report by the Department of Commerce on the national security implications of auto imports ordered by US President Donald Trump last summer for feedback among various US government departments. The move comes days after US midterm elections and following a trip over …

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 …

Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling
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Beyond Brussels: Key triumph of Canadian trade meeting will be getting the ball rolling

Next week, Canada will unveil to a group of World Trade Organization members a discussion paper outlining consensus-based solutions that Ottawa says will bolster the global trading system. The problem is that the US – which isn’t part of that group – has already identified major elements of the Canadian …

Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?
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Comment: Is US commerce secretary Ross more polite with EU where it really matters?

There were unpleasant noises from US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross and US ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland on Wednesday night following Ross’ meeting with EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmström in Brussels. Some media outlets called it the end of the trade ‘truce’ with the United States reached last summer. It …