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U.S. Trade Representative Tai to hold talks in Britain next week
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( Andrea Shalal | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai will travel to Britain on Wednesday and hold talks with British trade minister Elizabeth Truss after participating in a U.S.-European Union summit and holding several bilateral meetings, her office said. On Wednesday, Tai will travel to London and hold bilateral meetings with British trade secretary Elizabeth Truss before returning to the United States, USTR said. The White House has said it will put new trade deals on hold until it has reviewed Trump’s trade policies. Britain and the United States had started talks on a bilateral free trade deal under Trump, but failed to reach an accord before Biden took office. UK ambassador Karen Pierce told Reuters that U.S. officials were supportive of a free trade deal with Britain, but the timing was unclear given other U.S. domestic priorities.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Elizabeth Truss, Pete Marovich, REUTERS Tai, Tai, Valdis Dombrovskis, ” USTR, USTR, Trump, Biden, Karen Pierce Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, Union, Senate, Capitol, REUTERS, AFL, U.S, EU, Transatlantic, Trump, Reuters, European Union Locations: Britain, U.S, Washington , U.S, Brussels, London, United States
U.S., Taiwan officials discuss trade, plan meeting 'in coming weeks'-USTR
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +2 min
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., May 12, 2021. Susan Walsh/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoUnited States Trade Representative Katherine Tai discussed trade and investment issues with Taiwan minister John Deng on Thursday and agreed to convene a meeting of the countries' Trade And Investment Framework Agreement Council "in coming weeks", Tai's office said in a statement. "Ambassador Tai emphasized the importance of the U.S.-Taiwan trade and investment relationship and explained the Biden-Harris administration's worker-centered trade priorities," USTR said. Taiwan has long angled for a free trade deal with the United States, but trade and investment talks between the two have been stalled since the Obama administration. The outcome could affect trade talks with Washington.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Susan Walsh, John Deng, Tai, Harris, USTR, Antony Blinken, Biden, Obama, Barack Obama, Donald Trump's, Robert Lighthizer Organizations: Trade, Senate, Capitol, United States Trade, U.S ., Biden, Reuters, American Institute, Cultural, World Trade Organization, New Zealand, Washington, Thomson Locations: Washington , U.S, Taiwan, U.S, Washington, Beijing, United States, Taipei, China, Singapore, New
U.S. sets and suspends tariffs on six countries over digital taxes
  + stars: | 2021-06-02 | by ( David Lawder | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File PhotoThe United States on Wednesday announced 25% tariffs on over $2 billion worth of imports from six countries over their digital services taxes, but immediately suspended the duties to allow time for international tax negotiations to continue. USTR published lists of imports from the six countries that would face tariffs if international tax negotiations fail to reach a solution that prohibits countries from imposing unilateral digital services taxes. USTR said it would impose tariffs on goods worth $323 million from Spain, $310 million from Turkey, $118 million from India and $65 million from Austria. The potential tariffs, based on 2019 import data, aim to equal the amount of digital taxes that would be collected from U.S. firms, a USTR official said. U.S. tariffs threatened against France over its digital tax were suspended in January.
Persons: Lucy Nicholson, USTR, Tai Organizations: Port, REUTERS, Wednesday, U.S . Trade, U.S, France, OECD, Thomson Locations: Port of Long Beach, Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles , California, U.S, States, Britain, Italy, Spain, Turkey, India, Austria, London
(CNN Business) The US government announced new, suspended tariffs on Wednesday against six countries in response to those governments' digital services taxes, the office of the US Trade Representative said. The six countries subject to the tariffs, which are set at 25% on about $2 billion worth of goods, include Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Foreign governments have long complained that large tech companies such as Apple, Facebook and Google should pay them more in taxes. Some have recently passed taxes specifically targeting revenue generated by such companies, including those based in the US such as Facebook, Google and Amazon. The United Kingdom, for example, has imposed a 2% tax on the revenues of social media platforms, search engines and online marketplaces, arguing that because those companies profit from UK-based users, the UK deserves a share of those gains.
Persons: USTR Organizations: CNN, US Trade, Organization for Economic Co, Apple, Facebook, Google Locations: Austria, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, United Kingdom
USTR submits new WTO proposal to curb forced labor on fishing vessels
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: 1 min
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative’s office on Wednesday said it submitted a new proposal to the World Trade Organization aimed at curbing the use of forced labor on fishing vessels, urging member countries to explicitly recognize the problem. The USTR said in a statement its proposal urges WTO countries to curb harmful subsidies to fishing activities that may be associated with illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing.
Persons: USTR Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S . Trade, World Trade Organization
U.S. requests dispute settlement panel on Canadian dairy quotas under USMCA
  + stars: | 2021-05-25 | by ( David Lawder | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
The Biden administration on Tuesday escalated a simmering trade dispute with Canada over dairy import quotas, requesting that the first dispute settlement panel under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement be formed to review the matter. The U.S. Trade Representative's office said its complaint alleges that Canada was improperly allocating USMCA tariff-rate import quotas on 14 dairy products, diverting a portion of them to Canadian processors andunfairly limiting export opportunities for U.S. dairy farmers and processors. USTR officials said that Canada had been "responsive" in discussing the U.S. concerns but that the dispute was not resolved. The USMCA, which took effect in July 2020, granted some additional limited access for U.S. dairy farmers and processors to Canada's largely closed domestic dairy market, via tariff-rate quotas on 14 products from milk powder to ice cream and cheeses. USTR claims that Canada is illegally reserving a portion of those quotas for Canadian processors.
Persons: Biden, USTR, Donald Trump's Organizations: U.S, U.S . Trade, Thomson Locations: Canada, Mexico
REUTERS/Ben BrewerThe Biden administration on Tuesday escalated a simmering trade dispute with Canada over dairy import quotas, requesting that the first dispute settlement panel under the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement be formed to review the matter. The U.S. Trade Representative's office said its complaint alleges that Canada was improperly allocating USMCA tariff-rate import quotas on 14 dairy products, diverting a portion of them to Canadian processors andunfairly limiting export opportunities for U.S. dairy farmers and processors. USTR claims that Canada is illegally reserving a portion of those quotas for Canadian processors. "Canada is disappointed that the United States has requested a dispute settlement panel," Canadian Trade Minister Mary Ng said in a statement," adding the country is confident its policies "are in full compliance" with its tariff-rate quota obligations. A dispute panel will take about 30 days to form under the USMCA's dispute settlement system, and is due to file an initial report within about 120 days, with a final report 30 days after that - about late November.
Persons: Ben Brewer, Biden, USTR, Donald Trump's, Mary Ng, Harris, Katherine Tai Organizations: REUTERS, U.S, U.S . Trade, North American Free Trade, Canadian Trade, Biden, Harris Administration, Thomson Locations: Madison , Wisconsin, U.S, Canada, Mexico, United States
Slideshow ( 2 images )In a virtual meeting on the eve of the first meeting of the U.S.-Mexico Canada Agreement Free Trade Commission, Tai also raised concerns about Canada’s recently proposed digital services tax, USTR said. A statement from Canada’s trade ministry said Ng also raised concerns about U.S. trade policies but the two agreed on the need to strengthen North American supply chains, collaborate on COVID-19 recovery and implement the USMCA’s labor rights provisions. These included concerns about U.S. “Buy America” government procurement restrictions and an ongoing dispute over U.S. tariffs on Canadian softwood lumber. The trade ministry said Ng “noted the importance of the continued safe operation of Line 5” which runs under the Straits of Mackinac in the Great Lakes. The USMCA trade deal allowed for improved access for U.S. dairy farmers to Canada’s highly protected dairy market.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Mary Ng, Tai, USTR, Ng, Gretchen Whitmer’s, Ng “, Trump, Tatiana Clouthier Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, Canadian Trade, Free Trade Commission, Michigan, eBay, USMCA Free Trade Council, General Motors Locations: Canada, American, U.S, Mexico, Mackinac, Great, Mexican, Silao, Texas, Matamoros
U.S. says China has fallen short on 'Phase 1' intellectual property commitments
  + stars: | 2021-04-30 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: 1 min
Chinese and U.S. flags flutter outside the building of an American company in Beijing, China January 21, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu WangChina has fallen short on its commitments to protect American intellectual property in the 'Phase 1' U.S.-China trade deal signed last year, the Biden administration's trade office said in a new report issued on Friday. The U.S. Trade Representative's "Special 301" report on intellectual property said that China had made amended its Patent Law, Copyright Law and Criminal Law last year and published several draft regulatory measures on IP. "However, these steps toward reform require effective implementation and fall short of the full range of fundamental changes needed to improve the IP landscape in China," USTR said. Our Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Wang, USTR Organizations: REUTERS, Biden, U.S . Trade, Thomson Locations: American, Beijing, China, Wang China
U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai testifies before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies during a hearing on the proposed budget for fiscal year 2022 for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Capitol Hill, in Washington, U.S., April 28, 2021. Sarah Silbiger/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said she is working hard to resolve a dispute with European Union over U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs and EU retaliation, but any solution will need to address the problem of global excess production capacity for the metals, largely centered in China. Tai, speaking to a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee, said the Section 232 tariffs imposed by former president Donald Trump have had a positive impact on U.S. steel production, but have had costs in terms of retaliatory tariffs. “Solutions that we come to with our trading partners, I believe in my core, really have to address the larger issue around the overcapacity in the market,” Tai said.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Sarah Silbiger, Donald Trump, ” Tai Organizations: Trade, Commerce, Justice, Science, U.S . Trade Representative, Capitol, REUTERS WASHINGTON, . Trade, European Union, U.S Locations: Washington , U.S, China .
Slideshow ( 2 images )WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Wednesday said that her agency will help create “a united front of U.S. allies” on trade issues and use trade policy to boost new clean energy technologies and communities of color. In testimony prepared for a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on USTR’s fiscal 2022 budget request, Tai said she has made it clear to her foreign counterparts “that the United States will rebuild our international alliances and partnerships while re-engaging global institutions.”Tai said that a four-month suspension of tariffs with Britain and the European Union related to a long-running dispute over aircraft subsidies was a “bold step” aimed at resolving these issues. Tai was personally involved in the settlement of a technology dispute between two South Korean electric vehicle battery makers, LG Energy Solution and SK Innovation Co, that had threatened the electric vehicle plans of o Ford Motor Co and Volkswagen AG, among others“The settlement is the type of trade policy I believe we need: it supports a larger strategy for creating jobs and investing in innovation and manufacturing leadership by bolstering sustainable renewable energy supply chains, leveling the playing field, discouraging regulatory arbitrage,” she said in her testimony. Tai’s prepared testimony did not mention her meetings in recent days with major COVID-19 vaccine makers over whether the World Trade Organization should waive certain intellectual property rights to allow more vaccine production developing countries, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Novavax. White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that the administration was considering such a move, among other efforts, including more domestic production, boost global vaccine supplies.
Persons: Katherine Tai, , Tai, ” Tai, Tai’s, Jen Psaki Organizations: . Trade, European Union, South, LG Energy, SK Innovation Co, Ford, Co, Volkswagen AG, World Trade Organization, Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Novavax Locations: WASHINGTON, U.S, United States, Britain
WASHINGTON (Reuters) -U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said she is working hard to resolve a dispute with the European Union over U.S. steel and aluminum tariffs and EU retaliation, but any solution will need to address the problem of global excess production capacity for the metals, largely in China. “Solutions that we come to with our trading partners, I believe in my core, really have to address the larger issue around the overcapacity in the market,” Tai said. Several times she deflected questions about the tariffs to discuss the need for both the United States and the European Union to join forces to address Chinese excess capacity. But no high-level meeting with senior Chinese officials has yet been scheduled, she said, despite the agreement’s call for semi-annual minister-level consultations. She said she is “not afraid” to use the enforcement provisions in the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, which was launched last year.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Donald Trump, ” Tai, Tai, Davidson, Biden, Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, European Union, U.S, Biden, EU Locations: China, United States, Beijing, Mexico, Canada, American, U.S
FILE PHOTO: Katherine Tai, nominee for US Trade Representative speaks at the Senate Finance Committee hearing at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, U.S. February 25, 2021. Tasos Katopodis/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday met virtually with top executives of drugmakers Pfizer and AstraZeneca PLC to discuss a proposed waiver of certain intellectual property rights in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Democratic lawmakers, civil society groups, and 60 former heads of state and 100 Nobel Prize winners have urged President Joe Biden to back the waiver. Tai’s meetings with the Pfizer and AstraZeneca executives reflect her intense engagement on the issue, and follow similar meetings with advocacy groups, industry executives and others. USTR said Tai and Dobber discussed “increasing vaccine production, global health issues and the proposed waiver.”
Persons: Katherine Tai, Tasos, Joe Biden, Jen Psaki, Tai, Albert Bourla, ” USTR, Ruud Dobber, USTR, Dobber, Organizations: US Trade, Senate, WASHINGTON, . Trade, Monday, Pfizer, AstraZeneca PLC, World Trade Organization, Property, Democratic, White House Press, AstraZeneca, WTO Locations: Washington , DC, U.S, India, South Africa, United States
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on Russia in the East Room at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 15, 2021. REUTERS/Tom BrennerU.S. President Joe Biden plans to nominate long-time Senate staffer Jayme White and former White House official Sarah Bianchi to serve as deputies to U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, the White House said on Friday. White, currently the chief trade adviser for the Senate Finance Committee, has worked in the Senate on nearly every major trade issue and trade legislation for 20 years, the White House said in a statement. "Jayme White has spent two decades working to ensure American trade policy empowers American workers and promotes a sustainable environment," the statement said. read moreSenate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden strongly backed his long-time aide White to serve as Tai's deputy.
Persons: Joe Biden, Tom Brenner, Jayme White, Sarah Bianchi, Katherine Tai, White, Bianchi, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Biden's, Biden, Tai, Ron Wyden, Jim McDermotte Organizations: White, REUTERS, . Trade, Senate Finance, Boeing, BlackRock Inc, Biden, University of Delaware, Thomson Locations: Russia, Washington , U.S, Seattle , Washington, Airbnb, U.S, Mexico, Canada
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. trade czar Katherine Tai is meeting with unions, industry executives and advocacy groups as Washington faces mounting pressure to back a temporary waiver of intellectual property rights to accelerate COVID-19 vaccinations around the world. Tai met with representatives from more than 20 unions, including the AFL-CIO, International Brotherhood of Teamsters and the Association of Flight Attendants, her office said. She underscored the Biden administration’s commitment to increasing COVID-19 vaccine production and distribution, both at home and worldwide, USTR said, seeking the organizations’ views on increasing vaccine availability and preventing the emergence and spread of new variants. Okonjo-Iweala told Reuters on Monday she believed members could break the current deadlock on the IP waiver issue, but no details of a possible compromise have emerged. Big drug companies oppose patent waivers and say appropriate patent protections ensure that private investors have an incentive to pump money into research and development.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Trade Representative Tai, Tai, USTR, Ngozi Okonjo, Iweala Organizations: WASHINGTON, United States Trade, Trade Representative, South Korean, Trade Organization, AFL, Brotherhood of Teamsters, Association of Flight, Biden, Public Citizen, Oxfam America, Human Rights Watch, WTO, Reuters, COVID Locations: Washington, Washington ,, India, South Africa, United States, Britain
FILE PHOTO: The logo of LG Chem is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea, October 16, 2020. An announcement of the battery makers’ settlement is expected soon, the sources said. SK vowed to walk away from its $2.6 billion Georgia battery plant under construction if the ITC decision was not overturned. Ford, VW, LG and SK declined to comment. LG has said it can handle the battery needs of automakers if SK abandons its Georgia plant.
Persons: Kim Hong, Biden, Joe Biden, Scott Keogh, Katherine Tai, USTR Organizations: WASHINGTON, LG Chem, SK Innovation Co, Ford Motor Co, Volkswagen AG, REUTERS, U.S . Trade Representative’s, U.S . International Trade Commission, EV, ITC, SK, Ford, VW, LG, Volkswagen, America, ” LG, . Trade, Reuters, Democratic U.S, Senators, General Motors, Bloomberg Locations: Korean, Georgia, Seoul, South Korea, Ohio, Tennessee
U.S. lawmakers urge USTR Tai to seek removal of UK, EU whiskey tariffs
  + stars: | 2021-04-05 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.97   time to read: +2 min
FILE PHOTO: Katherine Tai, who at the time was U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's nominee to be U.S. trade representative, speaks after Biden announced her nomination during a fresh round of nominations and appointments at a news conference at his transition headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., December 11, 2020. REUTERS/Mike SegarWASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some 50 members of Congress on Monday urged U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai to take action to secure removal of 25% tariffs on American Whiskey imposed by the European Union and Britain in retaliation for U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum. “Since the tariffs were imposed, our American Whiskey exports to the EU have declined by 37% and to the UK by 53%,” the lawmakers wrote. The steel and aluminum tariffs were imposed under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Department under a Cold War-era national security trade law. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo has said those tariffs have been “effective” in protecting U.S. metals producers, while Tai has said a global solution to reduce excess production capacity for steel and aluminum, largely centered in China, was needed to resolve the industry’s issues.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Joe Biden's, Biden, Mike Segar WASHINGTON, Democrat John Yarmuth, Andy Barr, Gina Raimondo, Tai Organizations: REUTERS, Monday, U.S, Trade, European Union, Britain, Democrat, American Whiskey, Boeing Co, Airbus, Commerce Department Locations: Wilmington , Delaware, U.S, Kentucky, China
WASHINGTON, April 1 (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai, in a call on Thursday with Vietnam’s minister of industry and trade, highlighted U.S. concerns about Vietnam’s currency practices, USTR said in a statement. (Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Leslie Adler)
Persons: Katherine Tai, USTR, Eric Beech, Leslie Adler Organizations: . Trade
USTR vows to keep battling 'significant' foreign trade barriers
  + stars: | 2021-03-31 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.88   time to read: +1 min
FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O'Leary/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government on Wednesday vowed to continue battling what it sees as significant trade barriers that are harming American companies and farmers, and singled out China as the “world’s leading offender” in creating overcapacities in several sectors. The U.S. Trade Representative’s office said its annual report on the issue showed “significant barriers that present major policy challenges with implications for future U.S. growth opportunities, and the fairness of the global economy.”It said it would engage with foreign governments on various issues that threaten U.S. exporters, including digital policies, agricultural trade barriers and technical barriers. It also vowed to work to address Chinese subsidies that have created excess capacities in the steel, aluminum and solar sectors, and could soon affect other industries.
Persons: Katherine C, Bill O'Leary Organizations: United States Trade, WASHINGTON, U.S, U.S . Trade Locations: Washington ,, China, U.S
FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O'Leary/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai told the European Union’s antitrust chief, Margarethe Vestager, on Monday that she has a “strong desire to develop a more positive and productive” trade relationship with the EU, USTR said. In a statement, USTR said Tai and Vestager agreed to work together on key priorities such as climate change, the digital economy and strengthening U.S.-EU cooperation to deal with large, non-market economies such as China.
Persons: Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Katherine Tai, Margarethe Vestager, USTR, Tai, Vestager Organizations: United States Trade, WASHINGTON, . Trade, EU Locations: Washington ,, China
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday told European officials she wanted to develop “a more positive and productive” trade relationship with Europe, despite disputes over aircraft subsidies and digital services taxes, USTR said. FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Tai last week said she was proceeding with preparations for potential tariffs against goods from Spain, Austria, Britain, Italy, India and Turkey over digital services taxes imposed by those countries. USTR investigations launched by the Trump administration found that digital taxes imposed by the six countries and France discriminate against the U.S. tech firms. USTR said Tai agreed with both Vestager and Maroto to engage on a regular basis.
Persons: Katherine Tai, USTR, Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Reyes Maroto, Tai, Margrethe Vestager, Janet Yellen, Bruno Le Maire, Vestager, Trump Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, Monday, United States Trade, Spain’s Industry, Airbus, Boeing, Union, Treasury, French Finance, Google, Facebook, Apple, U.S Locations: Europe, Washington ,, U.S, China, Spain, Austria, Britain, Italy, India, Turkey, France
FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai looks on during the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O'Leary/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Monday announced the immediate suspension of all U.S. engagement with Myanmar under the 2013 Trade and Investment Framework Agreement until the return of a democratically elected government. Tai said in a statement that Myanmar security forces’ killing of peaceful protesters, students, workers and labor leaders and children “has shocked the conscience of the international community.”“These actions are a direct assault on the country’s transition to democracy and the efforts of the Burmese people to achieve a peaceful and prosperous future,” Tai said.
Persons: Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Katherine Tai, Tai, , ” Tai Organizations: Senate, United States Trade, REUTERS WASHINGTON, . Trade, Monday Locations: Washington ,, Myanmar
FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai looks on during the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O'Leary/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) -The United States is immediately suspending all engagement with Myanmar under a 2013 trade and investment agreement until the return of a democratically elected government, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Monday. Saturday was the bloodiest day of protests in Myanmar since the Feb. 1 military coup with 114 people killed. Five more were killed on Monday here when thousands took to the streets again in opposition to the military returning to power after a decade. Participation requires countries to maintain certain worker rights protections, and Tai said reports that Myanmar’s military leaders have targeted trade unions and workers for their role in pro-democracy protests raise serious concerns.
Persons: Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Katherine Tai, Tai, , , USTR Organizations: Senate, United States Trade, REUTERS WASHINGTON, U.S . Trade, U.S, Congress Locations: Washington ,, United States, Myanmar, U.S
U.S. trade chief advances digital tax tariff probe against six countries
  + stars: | 2021-03-26 | by ( Reuters Staff | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: 1 min
FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of Ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. Bill O'Leary/Pool via REUTERSWASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said on Friday she is proceeding with potential tariff actions against Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey over digital tariffs in probes launched by her Trump administration predecessor, Robert Lighthizer. In a statement, Tai announced that USTR was terminating “Section 301” tariff investigations against Brazil, the Czech Republic, the European Union and Indonesia because these jurisdictions have not adopted or implemented digital services taxes that were previously under consideration.
Persons: Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Katherine Tai, Trump, Robert Lighthizer, Tai, USTR Organizations: United States Trade, REUTERS WASHINGTON, . Trade, European Union Locations: Washington ,, Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Czech Republic, Indonesia
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai on Friday said she was maintaining the threat of U.S. tariffs on goods from Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain and Turkey in retaliation for their digital services taxes. FILE PHOTO: Katherine C. Tai addresses the Senate Finance committee hearings to examine her nomination to be United States Trade Representative, with the rank of ambassador, in Washington, DC February 25, 2021. The taxes target in-country revenues of digital services platforms, such as Facebook, Google, and Amazon.com. The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced the decision despite Democratic President Joe Biden’s renewed commitments to pursue a global agreement on digital services taxes through the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). If they do adopt a digital services tax, USTR said it may open a new tariff probe.
Persons: Katherine Tai, Katherine C, Bill O'Leary, Tai, Trump, Joe Biden’s, USTR, ” Tai, Organizations: WASHINGTON, . Trade, United States Trade, American, Facebook, Google, United States Trade Representative, Democratic, Organization for Economic Cooperation, Development, European Union, OECD, Internet Association, United, U.S Locations: U.S, Austria, Britain, India, Italy, Spain, Turkey, Washington ,, Brazil, Czech Republic, Indonesia, United States, French
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