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Mauritius – the gate for Chinese Investment into Africa

by Dentons on

The data published by the Mauritius central bank and central statistics bureau in April shows that in 2016 China is the second largest foreign investor in (US$70 million, following US$128 million from France) and the largest...more

WTO and FAO Issue Publication on Trade and Food Standards

by Kelley Drye & Warren LLP on

The World Trade Organization (WTO) and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) recently issued a joint publication, Trade and Food Standards, which discusses the development of international standards and the need for...more

Taiwan: Cross-border opportunities amid global change: A tale of two trade agreements, Trump and Taiwan

by White & Case LLP on

Recent international developments could impact Taiwan's global competitiveness while opening opportunities for new trade negotiations in the Asia-Pacific region...more

Trade & Manufacturing Alert - May 2017

by King & Spalding on

Public Comments And Hearing Regarding Administration Report On Significant Trade Deficits - On April 17, 2017, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) and the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International...more

NAFTA Renegotiation Faces a Lengthy, Uncertain Future

by Perkins Coie on

On May 18, 2017, United States Trade Representative (USTR) Robert Lighthizer notified Congress that he is seeking to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The notification triggers a 90-day consultation...more

USTR Report Highlights Foreign Barriers to U.S. Exports

by Polsinelli on

U.S. companies should review a recent USTR (United States Trade Representative) report providing insight into the various country-specific issues that may take center stage in future trade negotiations. Companies should then...more

USTR Releases President Trump’s National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017

by White & Case LLP on

On March 1, 2017, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) released the President's National Trade Policy Agenda for 2017, providing the Trump administration's first formal, written statement of its trade policy...more

USDA Warns Canada-EU Trade Agreement Could Impact US Alcohol Beverage Exports

by McDermott Will & Emery on

US exporters of alcohol beverages to Canada will soon face stiffer competition from their European rivals. The Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) is expected to come into force by June 1,...more

Trump Wants to “Tweak” NAFTA

by Cozen O'Connor on

After meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in early February, President Trump said he plans to “tweak” the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Canada. Before this announcement, it was unclear whether the...more

Who Will Bear the Brunt of a NAFTA Renegotiation?

by Varnum LLP on

President Trump's plans to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) give rise to a number of questions about the future of trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada. While such a move might...more

2017 Key Trade Issues: U.S. Embargoes and Economic Sanctions on Iran, Russia, and Cuba

by Polsinelli on

U.S. embargoes and economic sanctions on countries such as Iran, Russia and Cuba were discussed at length by both candidates during the 2016 Presidential campaign, and President-Elect Trump has stated that he intended to...more

NAFTA and the New Trump Administration: Your Top Ten Questions Answered

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

With the recent U.S. election finally reaching its close, the unexpected election of Mr. Trump has left many multinational companies wondering how the change in administration will impact their business operations. One of the...more

Bill C-30 to implement CETA tabled in Canadian Parliament: implications for pharmaceuticals

by Smart & Biggar on

On October 31, 2016, the day following the signing of CETA, the Canadian Minister of International Trade, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, tabled Bill C-30, An Act to implement the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement...more

EU Customs Developments - July 2016

by White & Case LLP on

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 19 July 2016, the European Commission published a proposal to amend Article 136 of the Union Customs Code (UCC). This Article UCC exempts goods that have...more

WTO Panel Report: Russia - Tariff Treatment

by White & Case LLP on

A WTO Panel has ruled that the Russian Federation has violated its WTO obligations by imposing duties on certain EU goods in excess of its committed ("bound") rates, in breach of Article II of the General Agreement on Tariffs...more

Canada to Increase Import Quota for EU Cheese, July 2016

by Dickinson Wright on

Both Canada and the European Union (EU) are now in the process of ratifying and implementing The Canada and European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). Under the terms of CETA, Canada will open for...more

Trade & Manufacturing - June 2016

by King & Spalding on

President Obama Signs American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 - On May 20, President Obama signed the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act of 2016 into law (the Act). The Act restores the ability of the...more

EU Customs Developments - March 2016

by White & Case LLP on

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 15 March 2016, the European Commission published the so-called Union Customs Code (UCC) Transitional Delegated Act, which lays down the transitional...more

Commerce at its Best – A True Export Promotion Tool for U.S. Exporters

by Baker Donelson on

Trade Agreements are political hot potatoes, which as a trade attorney I always find interesting. The presidential candidates have been debating the pros and cons of trade agreements for years from a 60,000 foot level. Is the...more

EU Customs Developments - February 2016

by White & Case LLP on

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code (UCC) Developments - On 1 February 2016, the European Commission met representatives of selected EU-level business organisations in the so-called ‘Trade Contact Group’ (TCG) to...more

Important Decisions Reached in Nairobi at the WTO’s 10th Ministerial Conference

by King & Spalding on

On December 19, the World Trade Organization (WTO) concluded its 10th Ministerial Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ministerial Conference, which typically is held every two years, is a meeting of the decision-making body of...more

Legal Trends: International Trade

The TPP is an ambitious economic and free trade agreement between Canada and 11 other countries — including the United States, Australia and Japan — who represent one-third of all international trade and over 775 million...more

EU Customs Developments

by White & Case LLP on

EU Customs Policy - Union Customs Code Developments - On 21 August 2015, the European Commission formally submitted its draft Delegated Act under the Union Customs Code (UCC) to the Council and the European...more

Rising to the challenge: South Korea: Building for the future

by White & Case LLP on

South Korea is one of Asia's powerhouses, and its strong exports sector and willingness to adapt its economy make it highly attractive to investors. South Korea's economic development has been remarkable. It became the...more

The EU’s new trade and investment policy in a nutshell

by White & Case LLP on

A new template for future initiatives - On 14 October 2015, the European Commission revealed its long-awaited communication setting out an updated trade and investment policy for the EU, entitled “Trade for all: Towards...more

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