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U.S. wants quick progress on EU trade issues, officials say

“Emily Haber, Germany’s ambassador to the United States, told reporters a working group formed after the Trump-Juncker meeting had convened for the first time this week, and U.S. officials were pressing ‘for very rapid results.’”

[Euractiv]

Canada explores free trade with southeast Asian bloc

“Ottawa is also eying free trade with Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, which form the Mercosur bloc, and has suggested a trade deal with China is also in the works, which if successful would make Canada the first Western nation to reach a free trade deal with Beijing.”

[France 24]

U.S. blocks WTO judge reappointment as dispute settlement crisis looms

“There are normally seven WTO appeals judges, but if Shree Baboo Chekitan Servansing, a trade judge from Mauritius, is not reappointed when his term expires on Sept. 30, only three will remain — the minimum for the system to function. It looks set to break down finally when two more judges’ terms expire in December 2019, but it could seize up sooner if any judges need to recuse themselves from a case for legal reasons.”

[Reuters]

Inside CBP's “fail fast” approach to blockchain

“Spend less and get a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answer quickly as to whether a technology is relevant — that’s the theory born in Silicon Valley and now in use in Washington, D.C. This ‘fail fast’ method is a big shift for a government agency used to the more traditional ‘pilot’ model, where tech is completely built out and then tested in a single region before rolling out nationwide.”

[Supply Chain Dive]

Court upholds dismissal of FCPA conspiracy charge

“As the panel noted repeatedly, the interlocutory appeal by the government boiled down to a primary issue: whether a nonresident foreign national, acting entirely outside the United States, and who is not an employee or agent of an American company, may be liable based on a conspiracy or complicity theory put forward by the government. Ultimately, the panel, the congressional record, prior precedent, and the text of the FCPA itself made it clear the answer is no.”

[New York Law Journal]

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