Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2014


In This Issue:

- United States And Japan Hit Bumps On The Road To TPP Agreement - Senate Commerce Committee Passes Manufacturing Bill

- WTO Panel Finds China's Export Restraints On Rare Earth Minerals Violate Trade Rules

- U.S. Customs And Border Protection Announces Three New Members Of Commercial Targeting And Analysis Center

- News Of Note:

..House Subcommittee Advances Bill Approving LNG Exports To WTO Members

..Highlights from 2014 National Trade Estimate Report

..Revised WTO Government Procurement Agreement Enters Into Force

- Excerpt from WTO Panel Finds China's Export Restraints On Rare Earth Minerals Violate Trade Rules:

On March 26, the World Trade Organization (WTO) released a dispute settlement panel report finding that China's imposition of export restraints on rare earths, tungsten, and molybdenum breach WTO rules. The United States, European Union and Japan had initiated this challenge in early 2012 claiming that China – through a variety of published and unpublished measures – imposed export duties, export quotas, limitations on the entities permitted to export, and other requirements on the export of rare earths, tungsten, and molybdenum in violation of commitments China made when it joined the WTO in 2001.

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