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Thursday, April 30, 2020
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Industry lobbyists push to expand Trump tariff deferral scope

“‘We are going to push very, very hard on Congress to say, ‘OK, thanks for the beautifully wrapped box, but can we put something in it now?’’ said Nicole Bivens Collinson, the head of the international trade and government relations practice at Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg. The former official in the office of the U.S. Trade Representative is lobbying for an informal coalition of companies seeking to defer most other tariffs.”

[Bloomberg]

WTO report says 80 countries limiting exports of face masks, other goods

“It said the bans were imposed by 72 WTO members and eight non-WTO member countries, but only 13 WTO members had notified the global trade body as required by its regulations.”

[Reuters]

Argentina to exit Mercosur trade talks to focus on problems at home

“Only potential new trade deals will be affected. Argentina's Foreign Ministry said separately it would continue to work with Mercosur to push forward trade agreements with the European Union and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA), which have already been agreed in principle.”

[Reuters]

Trump officials eye blocking uranium from Russia, China

“The report recommended enabling the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to deny imports of certain uranium supplies from Russia and China for national security purposes. It also recommended that the Commerce Department extend the Russian Suspension Agreement, which established a maximum cap for imports of Russian uranium to 20% of the U.S. market, ‘to protect against future uranium dumping.’”

[Reuters]

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