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Japan's Motegi, USTR Lighthizer likely to hold trade talks Sept. 21

“Tokyo wants to avert steep tariffs on its car exports and fend off U.S. demands for a bilateral free trade agreement as Japan is wary such an agreement would increase pressure on the Japanese government to open sensitive markets such as agriculture.”

[Reuters]

Canada drafts blueprint to reform WTO

“The proposal seeks to prioritize two significant areas for immediate reform: Restore the proper functioning of the WTO dispute settlement system and improve the WTO’s ability to monitor international trade practices.”

[Bloomberg]

Canada reportedly ready to allow U.S. dairy access in NAFTA talks

“Canada’s politically powerful dairy farmers are likely to resist changes to the price controls and high tariffs that protect them from foreign competition. But as an Oct. 1 deadline to renegotiate NAFTA looms, Canada is prepared to offer similar concessions on the dairy industry to those that it agreed to in free trade deals with the European Union and Pacific Rim nations, the sources said.”

[Reuters]

EU's Juncker eyes Africa free trade pact

“While it was clear such a free trade pact would be some way off, and well after Juncker steps down in a year’s time, the EU would look to take advantage of African efforts to forge a free trade area within the continent to work toward a comprehensive continent-to-continent free trade agreement.”

[Reuters]

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