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U.S.-China trade deal review postponed as China ramps up farm, energy purchases

“Trump administration officials have signaled that they are satisfied with the pace of purchases in recent weeks and have no plans to abandon the trade deal, which also includes some increased access for U.S. financial services firms in China, strengthened intellectual property protections and removal of some agricultural trade barriers. Delaying the meeting, even briefly, could allow China to complete more purchases, which would help Lighthizer persuade Trump to stick to the deal.”

[Reuters]

 

Green recovery or 'nightmare' for trade? Europe wants to tax emissions from ships

“But the proposed shipping tax has run into fierce opposition from the industry, which says it would undermine efforts to tackle climate change at a global level and is likely to spark a backlash from non-EU countries, raising the specter of new trade disputes.”

[CNN]

 

Kenya lifts used clothing import embargo

“Kenya’s protocol on the importation of used textiles and shoes states that all importers of used textiles and shoes should notify the government of their intention to import, with all imports to be subject to inspection and certification under Pre-Export Verification of Conformity to Standards requirements.”

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