Tag: USTR

USTR Says Policy Review to Seek Gaps in Fighting Forced Labor

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday it will conduct an interagency review of its trade tools and policies to fight forced labor to determine whether any gaps need to be filled. USTR said the review, part of its first-ever focused strategy against forced labor, will seek input from labor organizations, forced labor survivors,…


US, Japan to Rebuild Trade Ties With New Forum, Meetings

WASHINGTON—The United States and Japan announced on Wednesday a new trade partnership to boost cooperation on labor, environment, and digital trade issues, with an emphasis on “third country concerns,” a reference to China’s state-driven economic policies. U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, who is in Tokyo to meet with new Japanese government ministers, said initial meetings…


USTR Seeks Public Comment on Tariff Exclusions for 549 Chinese Import Categories

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said on Tuesday it is seeking public comments on plans to revive a targeted tariff exclusion process for imports from China, specifically whether to reinstate previously extended exclusions on 549 import product categories. USTR said it would accept public comments from Oct. 12 through Dec. 1 on possible exclusions for…


USTR Says Tai, Dombrovskis Discussed Challenges From China, Non-Market Economies

WASHINGTON—U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai and her European Union counterpart discussed common challenges posed by non-market economies, including China, during a meeting in Washington on Tuesday, Tai’s office said in a statement. Tai thanked European Commission Executive Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis “for helping to build an important bilateral partnership and working constructively to strengthen the…


US, Taiwan Revive Trade Talks Despite Objections From Beijing

WASHINGTON—The United States and Taiwan on June 29 resumed trade talks after five years, a move that has angered the communist regime in Beijing, which claims sovereignty over the liberal democratic island. Discussions reopened on the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), which was stalled in 2016. At the virtual meeting, U.S. and Taiwanese officials…


Biden Administration Backs Nigerian Candidate to Lead WTO

WASHINGTON—The Biden administration announced on Friday that it would support the candidacy of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, a former Nigerian finance minister, to lead the World Trade Organization, ending a months-long standoff at the organization. The announcement came after South Korea’s trade minister Yoo Myung-hee withdrew her candidacy, clearing the way for Okonjo-Iweala to be director-general of…