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Ustr Promises Action On Foreign Trade Barriers

The U. S. government will develop a list of the most significant barriers to U. S. exports and then prosecute those cases through the World Trade Organization or the appropriate bilateral forum, the U. S. Trade Representative’s office said March 31. “We must work to open new markets around the world for American farmers, manufacturers,

Europeans Press U. S. For Doha Breakthrough Soon

Countries should try for a breakthrough in world trade talks after India has held national elections in May and could be in a better position to bargain, two top European trade officials said March 25. Leaders of the Group of 20 developed and developing countries also “should give a strong signal to close the deal

U.S. Warns “Imbalance” In Doha Talks Needs Fixing

The Obama administration said March 2 there would be no agreement in long-running world trade talks aimed at cutting rich country farm subsidies and promot ing global development until other countries make better offers to open their markets to U. S. goods. The warning came in the first U. S. annual trade agenda report prepared

U. S. Applies New Sanctions On EU

The outgoing Bush administration cranked up pressure on the European Union to drop its ban on beef from U. S. cattle treated with growth hormones by changing the list of $116.8 million worth of European food products hit with sanctions in the dispute. The EU reacted angrily to the move, vowing to challenge it at

EU says poultry spat with U. S. too hard to fix

A promise by the European Commission to lift an 11-year-old ban on U. S. poultry imports has proven too hard to fulfil and it was probably unwise to try, a top EU official said Oct. 18. “It is a very, very contaminated political area,” EU Industry Commissioner Guenter Verheugen said, referring to resistance in European