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California, U.S. DOT to coordinate on major freight infrastructure projects

“The agreement focuses on addressing long-term structural issues that have contributed to the supply chain bottlenecks being felt around the nation this year amid record import demand and operational breakdowns at every stage within the logistics system. And it follows California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order last week activating state resources to help provide immediate relief for port congestion and shortfalls in truck capacity.”

[FreightWaves]

WTO nominee wants to restore Appellate Body function

“‘We never intended for the appellate body to be a rule-making body,’ Pagan told lawmakers. ‘We believe that rules have to be enforced but it has to be the rules as they were negotiated and agreed by the members.’”

[Bloomberg]

Taiwan to woo backers at APEC for bid to join Pacific trade pact

“Chang said he will use his six-minute speech to emphasise Taiwan's qualification to reach CPTPP's high standards, as well as the island's already ‘very high’ trade contribution to the major pan-Pacific free trade pact.”

[Reuters]

32 countries to remove China from preferential tariff treatment on Dec. 1

“The GACC applauded the move as ‘a recognition from other advanced economies that China does not belong to the bracket of low-income and lower-middle-income countries anymore and that Chinese products are competitive enough in the market that (they need) no protections.’”

[Taiwan News]

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