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Apr 14, 2015

WTO rules against U.S. dolphin-safe canned tuna labels

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The World Trade Organization found on Tuesday that U.S. rules on dolphin-safe labels for canned tuna run counter to international trade laws, siding with Mexico in a long-running dispute and opening the door to retaliation against U.S. exports.

The ruling, which the United States said it would appeal, upholds Mexico’s complaint that revamped U.S. labeling rules are still discriminatory because they disqualify Mexican tuna from bearing dolphin-safe labels, unlike other countries’ tuna.

Apr 14, 2015

Battle for Oregon highlights Obama’s free-trade challenge

, April 14 (Reuters) – It is crunch
time for President Barack Obama’s push to finalize an ambitious
Pacific free trade pact and anyone wondering why it is such a
tough sell may want to talk to the people of Oregon.

This West Coast state of 4 million people, which hosts major
operations of global giants Nike Inc and Intel Corp
, exemplifies the nation’s ambiguity about free trade
and shows the battle lines between its advocates and critics.

Apr 13, 2015

Global business groups urge China to suspend bank IT rules

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Business associations from the United States, Japan and Europe told Chinese officials on Monday they still have “strong concerns” about bank information technology rules and urged Beijing to formally suspend them.

The joint letter, from 31 trade associations, increases pressure over rules pushing China’s state-owned banks to buy technology from domestic vendors, which the U.S. trade office has said could breach China’s international trade commitments.

Apr 1, 2015

U.S. trade office says Chinese laws may breach WTO rules

By Krista Hughes

(Reuters) – China’s bank technology restrictions and a draft
anti-terrorism law may run counter to the country’s
international trade commitments, the U.S. Trade Representative
said in a report released on Wednesday.

The U.S. trade office’s regular review of telecommunications
trade continued the pressure over initiatives that have upset
U.S. industry groups and that the Obama administration has also
raised at the highest level with Chinese counterparts.

Mar 26, 2015

Leaked Pacific trade pact draft shows investment carve-outs sought

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Australia’s medicine subsidies, Canadian films and culture, and capital controls in Chile would be carved out from investment protection rules being negotiated in a Pacific trade pact, according to a draft text released by Wikileaks on Wednesday.

An investment chapter, dated Jan. 20, from the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal was released amid controversy over rules allowing companies to sue foreign governments, which critics say should be dropped from the pact.

Mar 25, 2015

U.S. business groups push for Export-Import Bank extension

By Krista Hughes

(Reuters) – U.S. business groups on Wednesday pushed
lawmakers to approve a long-term extension for the U.S.
Export-Import Bank, keeping up the pressure to defy
conservatives who want the bank to shut.

Closing the bank, which will shut on June 30 if its mandate
is not renewed, would hurt exports, said the U.S. Chamber of
Commerce, Business Roundtable, National Foreign Trade Council,
National Association of Manufacturers and 10 other industry
associations including those representing small business,
aerospace, financial services, nuclear energy and engineering

Mar 21, 2015

White House stands by pledge to end Ex-Im backing for coal plants

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House said on Friday it would press ahead to end government financing for most coal-fired power plants overseas, a day after a bipartisan bill sought to overturn limits on those projects financed by the U.S. Export-Import Bank.

Lawmakers are trying to hammer out a plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank, which provides support for U.S. exporters and the buyers of U.S. goods, before its mandate expires on June 30.

Mar 19, 2015

‘Huge amounts’ of beef going to China despite ban: U.S. official

By P.J. Huffstutter and Krista Hughes

CHICAGO and WASHINGTON D.C. (Reuters) – “Huge amounts” of American beef are bypassing China’s import bans, a top U.S. trade official said this week, even as the Chinese government cracks down on agricultural smuggling.

The meat enters through Hong Kong, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Robert Holleyman said at the National Lieutenant Governors Association conference on Wednesday.

Mar 19, 2015

U.S. senators launch bipartisan Export-Import Bank blueprint

WASHINGTON, March 19 (Reuters) – A bipartisan plan to save
the U.S. Export-Import Bank seeks to extend the bank’s term
until 2019, increase lending to small businesses and overturn
limits on coal-fired power plants projects, according to
documents released on Thursday.

The bill seeks a middle ground between some conservatives
who want to close the export credit agency, other Republicans
who want reforms and many Democrats who would prefer a
longer-term mandate and an expansion of the bank’s activities.

Mar 19, 2015

Senators release new Export-Import Bank blueprint

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A bipartisan plan to save the U.S. Export-Import Bank seeks to extend the bank’s term until 2019, increase lending to small businesses and overturn limits on coal-fired power plants projects, according to documents released on Thursday.

Republican Senator Mark Kirk and Democrat Joe Manchin have been working on a bill which they described as a bid to find middle ground, given some conservatives want to close the export credit agency and many Democrats want to expand its activities.

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