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Beyond Brussels: China tables revised government procurement offer in WTO

The stink the United States and other advanced countries have been putting up in recent months at the World Trade Organization appears to be achieving some results. China and other countries have started listening. The behaviour and status of developing countries in the global trading system, industrial subsidies and state …

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Week in Brussels: Airbus tariff costs and duration, Paneuromed ROO reform

It’s been a horrible week for trade aficionados. The US said no to proposed WTO Appellate Body reforms, US tariffs on EU exports are kicking in, and one had to follow the UK-EU Withdrawal Agreement negotiations. The final Brexit deal implies customs contortions in Northern Ireland which many policy wonks …

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UK and EU emphasise Canada-style FTA option, ditch Northern Irish backstop

Traders in Northern Ireland will be liable to pay either EU or UK tariffs on imports, depending on the end-destination of the product concerned. These are unique rules proposed by EU and UK officials today under a Withdrawal Agreement renegotiated to resolve the long-running Brexit saga. With opposition among British …

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UK plans unilateral preference extensions for African countries under ‘no deal’ Brexit

John Alty, a Department for International Trade senior official, announced that the British government would shortly adopt “transitional measures” to secure preferential access to the United Kingdom’s market for Kenya, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Cameroon in the event of a no-deal Brexit. These are countries with which the UK has …