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 Volume 23, Nos 161, 162, 163 Thurs, Fri, Mon, August 14 to 18, 2014

Trade Reports International Group

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New Advisory Committee Rules

  The White House last week decided to ease restrictions it placed four years ago on the ability of registered lobbyists to serve on government advisory committees along with other boards and commissions.

 The 2010 ban on the participation of registered lobbyists – including on trade-related technical advisory committees – was challenged almost immediately in court by a group of lobbyists.  Critics of the ban argued that it prevented from serving those with the most experience on technical issues.

 The Office of Management and Budget on Tuesday issued a rule rolling back the ban to allow registered lobbyists to serve on ITACs and other advisory committees as long as they represent the interests of a non-governmental entity – such as an industry or business association, labor union, environmental group or state or local government.

 The rule is now in effect.

       



Around the Globe

 ●          Officials with the Export-Import Bank have exceeded their travel budget over the last three years by $3 million, according to disclosures filed to the House Financial Services Committee and obtained by The Hill (WTD, 8/1/14).  In fiscal 2012, Ex-Im budgeted $1.7 for travel expenses but spent $2.7 million. In fiscal 2013, Ex-Im budgeted $1.2 million but spent $2.2 million. And in this fiscal year, Ex-Im budgeted $1.3 million but expects its end-of-year spending to total $2.3 million.

 Much of the recent travel appears designed to build public support for the bank, which is in danger of seeing its charter lapse.  Republicans are divided over whether Ex-Im, which provides financing for projects designed to increase U.S. exports, should be renewed. Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), the Financial Services chairman, argues the bank is a form of corporate welfare that should be killed off.  Export-Import Bank President Fred Hochberg and other officials are in the middle of a 10-state, 12-city nationwide tour to tout the benefits of the bank.

 According to documents provided by Hochberg’s office to the House panel, the chairman has already invoiced $74,160 in travel expenses during this fiscal year alone. That’s more than 50 percent above the $48,718 his office spent the previous year.  Hochberg provided the accounting documentation for the bank’s travel expenses to Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Financial Services subcommittee on oversight and investigations.  Ex-Im officials are meeting with current and potential exporters to tout the bank, while also holding seminars to educate the public about what it does. Stops are scheduled in Los Angeles, Phoenix, St. Louis, Houston and Birmingham as well as other cities throughout the August recess.

 Hochberg said the travel is to help complete deals for the bank.  “The primary purpose associated with the Bank’s travel related expenses support due diligence and monitoring efforts associated with a particular transaction (either under review or post authorized),” Hochberg wrote. “The other primary purpose for travel-related expenses is business development.

             ●          Outlining what he termed the United States’ “ambitious agenda” of long-term engagement in Asia and the Pacific, Secretary of State John Kerry said yesterday in a policy speech at the East-West Center in Honolulu that complex challenges such as climate change and maritime territorial disputes can be transformed into opportunities for such advances as clean energy development and regional cooperation (WTD, 8/12/14).  “We know that America’s security and prosperity are closely and increasingly linked to the Asia Pacific,” Kerry said. “That’s why President Obama began what is known as the rebalance to Asia in 2009, and that’s why he’s asked me to redouble my own efforts in the region.”

 Speaking at the conclusion of his sixth trip to the Asia Pacific region as secretary, Kerry focused his remarks on four challenges in particular: fostering sustainable economic growth, transforming the climate change crisis into a clean energy “revolution,” turning territorial conflicts into regional cooperation and empowering individuals through gains in human rights and political freedom.

 In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then. “When the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are complete, about 40 percent of global GDP will be linked by a high-standard trade agreement that creates a race to the top,” Kerry said, “where people understand the rules of engagement and there’s accountability and transparency.”  He said the TPP is a “state-of-the-art, 21st century trade agreement, and it is consistent not just with our shared economic interests, but also with our shared values. It’s about generating growth for our economies and jobs for our people by unleashing a wave of trade, investment, and entrepreneurship.”

             ●          The US Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has expressed surprise after being publicly criticised by Solarworld for its response to the ongoing US-China solar trade spat, PV Tech reported (WTD, 7/29/14).  In an open letter published on Renewable Energy World, Mukesh Dulani, president of Solarworld Americas, slammed the SEIA for condemning the latest US trade duties on Chinese and Taiwanese firms.

 “Since this destructive solar trade war first erupted, SEIA has consistently urged all of the parties involved to work toward a negotiated settlement – and that position has not changed,” SEIA spokesman Ken Johnson said in an emailed statement to PV Tech.  “For months now, SEIA has been working behind the scenes to facilitate a meaningful, productive dialogue between Solarworld and Chinese manufacturers, so this public criticism is a little surprising. But it won’t, in any way, deter us from trying to resolve this long-running dispute through negotiation rather than litigation, where everyone stands to lose. We firmly believe that an equitable settlement is still possible, allowing for free and fair trade between the US and China, while avoiding punitive tariffs and hard feelings in the future,” said Johnson.

 Solarworld’s Dulani suggested the SEIA had not maintained its neutrality through the latest dispute.  “As SEIA is well aware, all countries and all industries are subject to international trade rules…That you sanction the actions of some of your Chinese members to break US laws and World Trade Organization rules raises serious questions about the interests and intentions of SEIA, a trade association that pledged in 2011 to remain neutral in this dispute,” wrote Dulani.  Solarworld is open to a negotiated settlement to end trade disputes with Chinese solar firms in the US he said, adding that the company will not sign-up to the deal proposed by the SEIA.

             ●         The Washington-based Center for Digital Democracy last Thursday filed a complaint wit the Federal Trade Commission against a score of companies that are not holding to their promises to protect individual information under the US-European Union Safe Harbor initiative (WTD, 6/20/14).

 The complaint details how the companies are compiling, using and sharing EU consumers’ personal information without their awareness and meaningful consent in violation the Safe Harbor framework.

 Overseen by the Commerce Department, the Safe Harbor is based on a voluntary “self-certification” process, in which companies that promise to provide clear “notice” (of their data-collection practices and data uses) and “choice” (giving consumers the opportunity to “opt out” of practices they did not previously agree to) are then allowed to collect information from European consumers without strictly following the EU’s higher data-protection standards.

 The 30 companies cited in the filing include Acxiom, Adara Media, Adobe, Adometry, Alterian, AOL, AppNexus, Bizo, BlueKai, Criteo, Datalogix, DataXu, EveryScreen Media, ExactTarget, Gigya, HasOffers, Jumptap, Lithium, Lotame, Marketo, MediaMath, Merkle, Neustar, PubMatic, Salesforce.com, SDL, SpredFast, Sprinklr, Turn and Xaxis.

 Discussions are currently going on between Brussels and Washington on revising the 2000 framework.

             ●          Poland will file a complaint to the World Trade Organization, or WTO, over the Russian ban on Polish exports of fruit and vegetables, Polish Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said Friday according to the Moscow Times (WTD, 8/13/14).  “We couldn’t file a complaint earlier, because we only received the first official correspondence [about the ban] on Wednesday, before that we only had the information provided by the media,” Sawicki was quoted as saying by daily Gazeta Wyborcza.

 The announcement follows the European Commission’s decision to set up a task force comprised of European agriculture officials to analyze the impact of the Russian ban on EU exports. On Friday, Polish press agency PAP said Russian officials at the border of Russia’s Kaliningrad exclave had refused to let in large cargoes of Polish chicken and Austrian beef, citing the Russian government’s directive from Thursday.

 Separately, the EU Observer reported that EU producers of cauliflowers, cucumbers, mushrooms, peppers, and tomatoes are likely to be next in line for European Commission help in response to the Russia food ban.  A commission spokesman, Roger Waite, told EUobserver on Thursday (14 August) that “quite a lot of member states” raised concerns over the five products at a meeting of agricultural sector officials in Brussels.  He said the EU executive will “early next week” announce a new “market stabilisation measure” to see that excess produce does not cause a steep fall in prices for the worst-affected commodities.

             ●          The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) says it has filed a complaint with the European Union over its free trade talks with Vietnam, the Voice of America reported (WTD, 8/13/14).  FIDH Permanent representative to the EU in Brussels, Gaëlle Dusepulchre, says in an interview with VOA’s Vietnamese service the group wants the EU Ombudsperson to address the European Commission’s refusal to take human rights into account in negotiations with Hanoi.

 She adds that a human rights impact assessment for Vietnam will help with EU trade talks elsewhere in the region.  “The [commission] is also negotiating  with other countries from the ASEAN region, like Burma for example.  We think the problem will be [similar] with those countries. So, if we have good recommendations for Vietnam, we will be in a better position for those countries,” said Dusepulchre.  The Associated Press quotes top EU diplomat Catherine Ashton as saying the EU was making progress in free trade talks with Vietnam, but a concerted push would be needed to reach an agreement this year. She made the remarks after meeting with officials in Hanoi on Tuesday.

             ●          The Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters and Processors (VASEP) has asked local catfish exporters to improve the quality of their exported products by producing and processing them in a more sustainable manner.  Domestic catfish farmers and exporters should improve the quality of fish production in accordance with the global standards with more transparency, especially in the ratio of gross weight and maximum content of water in their catfish fillets, said Truong Dinh Hoe, VASEP chairman.

 More promotional campaigns should also be held in the European Union (EU) to boost the image of Vietnamese catfish there, he added. Hoe’s recommendation came out at the Vietnam Catfish Forum-Vietfish 2014, part of the Vietfish exhibition that wrapped up on August 8 at Saigon Exhibition and Convention Center (SECC) in District 7, Ho Chi Minh City.

             ●          Canada has ratified the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, commonly known as the WIPO Internet treaties.  The WIPO Internet treaties provide authors, performers and producers of sound recordings with a full range of rights and protections so they can take advantage of the many opportunities presented by the digital world and the global marketplace.

 Ratification ensures that Canadian creators are paid when their copyrighted material is used in other countries that have also ratified the treaties, such as when their music is played over the radio or on digital music services.

             ●          As the government prepares for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Tokyo, manufacturers and investors in Japan have flagged the current state of Indo-Japan infrastructure projects, as well as financial regulations that are hurting the prospects of more Foreign Direct Investment (FDI).  In a letter available with The Hindu, the president of the Japanese Chamber of Commerce and Industry in India has written to Commerce Secretary Amitabh Kant, seeking “urgent intervention to resolve the issues” in areas including India’s “tax system, banking sector, logistics and distribution segment, visas and the pivotal infrastructure sector.”

 More than 35 suggestions have been handed over to the government relating to the delays and roadblocks in Japanese investment in India.

             ●          China will expand its export tax rebate pilot program to eight more ports at the beginning of next month to boost exports amid an economic slowdown, Xinhua news agency reported.  The new tax rebate policy will be applied to exported container goods with customs clearance at water ports in the cities of Nanjing, Suzhou, Lianyungang, Wuhu, Jiujiang, Qingdao, Wuhan and Yueyang, according to a joint document by the Ministry of Finance, the General Administration of Customs and the State Administration of Taxation published on Thursday.  The exporting containers must be transferred and depart via the Yangshan Free Trade Port in Shanghai, according to the document.

             ●          Foreign direct investment of Chinese enterprises added up to $43.34 billion with a decrease of 5 percent on year-on-year basis, China’s Ministry of Commerce reported. Seen from the distribution of countries and regions, Asia and Latin America were still the main regions of FDI flow direction and the investment in these two regions accounted for 74.1 percent in Chinese total FDI for the corresponding period. The investment in Europe realized rapid development with an increase of 177.4 percent and $4.74 billion. The investment in major economies was growing faster and the investment growth in Europe, Russia and Japan reached up to 221.7 percent, 109.5 percent and 100 percent respectively.

             ●          India’s exports in July rose 7.33 percent from a year earlier, helped by a pick-up in external demand, government data showed on Thursday according to a Reuters news service report.  Exports in July reached $27.73 billion, data released by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry showed.  The trade deficit stood at $12.23 billion, higher than $11.76 billion in June.




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On the Web......

 

Africa


AGOA.  US Fashion Industry statement on the African Growth and Opportunity Act.  (available at:  http://www.usfashionindustry.com )  issued:  8/13/14.


US Relations.  Atlantic Council summary of its recent events on Africa.  (available at:  http://www.atlanticcouncil.org/us-africa-leaders-summit )  issued:  8/13/14.


US Trade.  Commerce Department statement on doing business with Africa.  (available at:  http://www.commerce.gov/blog/2014/08/13/5-takeaways-about-doing-business-africa )  issued:  8/13/14.



Agriculture


Export Certification.  Agriculture Department updated Food Safety and Inspection Service procedures for inspection of poultry and age certification for exported beef.  (available at:  http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/wcm/connect/a5f26773-fbd6-445a-a2c1-be64325f69c2/38-14.pdf?MOD=AJPERES )  issued:  8/13/14.


Japan.  National Pork Producers Council statement on Japan’s gate fee.  (available at:  

http://www.nppc.org )  issued:  8/13/14.

 )  issued:  8/13/14.



Asia


ASEAN.  Association of Southeast Asian Nations statement on the latest regional ministerial meeting.  (available at:  http://www.asean.org/news/asean-statement-communiques/item/chairman-s-statement-of-the-21st-asean-regional-forum-2?category_id=26 )  issued:  8/14/14.


ASEAN.  Association of Southeast Asian Nations statement on the latest east Asian ministerial meeting.  (available at:  http://www.asean.org/news/asean-statement-communiques/item/chairman-s-statement-of-4theast-asia-summit-eas-foreign-ministers-meeting?category_id=26 )  issued:  8/13/14.



Asia-Pacific


APEC.  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation statement on corruption.  (available at:  http://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2014/0817_ACTNET.aspx )  issued:  8/14/14.


US Relations.  Remarks by Secretary of State Kerry to the East-West Center in Honolulu on US relations with the Asia-Pacific.  (available at:  http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/08/230597.htm )  issued:  8/13/14.



Banking and Finance


International Capital.  Treasury Department report on international capital holdings.  (available at:  http://www.treasury.gov/press-center/press-releases/Pages/jl2609.aspx )  issued:  8/15/14.



Business Practices


APEC.  Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation statement on corruption.  (available at:  http://www.apec.org/Press/News-Releases/2014/0817_ACTNET.aspx )  issued:  8/14/14.


European Union.  Center for Digital Democracy complaint to the Federal Trade Commission on the Safe Harbor arrangement with the European Union.  (available at:  http://www.democraticmedia.org )  issued:  8/13/14.


European Union.  Software and Security Information Association statement on the recent Safe Harbor complaint by the Center for Digital Democracy.  (available at:  http://siia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1836:siia-says-cdds-safe-harbor-complaint-is-misguided&catid=62:press-room-overview&Itemid=1877 )  issued:  8/13/14.



Canada


Colombia.  Canada/Colombia joint statement not he free trade agreement.  (available at:  https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/colombia-celebrates-three-year-anniversary-of-canada-colombia-free-trade-agreement-fta-271380431.html )  issued:  8/15/14.


Colombia.  Canadian government statement on trade with Colombia.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/13b.aspx )  issued:  8/13/14.


European Union.  Leaked text of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement.  (available at:  http://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/ceta-dokument-101.pdf )  issued:  8/14/14.


IPR.  Canadian government statement on ratification of the World Intellectual Property Organization internet treaties.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/13a.aspx )  issued:  8/13/14.


Latin America.  Canadian government statement on recent trade mission to Latin America.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/15a.aspx )  issued:  8/15/14.



China


Foreign Investment.  Chinese government statement on foreign investment.  (available at:  http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/article/newsrelease/significantnews/201408/20140800695275.shtml )  issued:  8/13/14.



Colombia


Canada.  Canada/Colombia joint statement not he free trade agreement.  (available at:  https://prnmedia.prnewswire.com/news-releases/colombia-celebrates-three-year-anniversary-of-canada-colombia-free-trade-agreement-fta-271380431.html )  issued:  8/15/14.


Colombia.  Canadian government statement on trade with Colombia.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/13b.aspx )  issued:  8/13/14.



Customs


TFA.  UNCTAD report on implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement.  (available at:  http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/dtltlb2013d2_en.pdf )  issued:  8/15/14.



Environment


European Union.  Public Citizen statement on the environment and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  (available at:  http://www.citizen.org )  issued:  8/13/14.



Ethiopia


Ex-Im Bank.  US Export-Import Bank proposed sale of aircraft to Ethiopia.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19203.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.



European Union


Canada.  Leaked text of the Canada-European Union free trade agreement.  (available at:  http://www.tagesschau.de/wirtschaft/ceta-dokument-101.pdf )  issued:  8/14/14.


Russia.  European Union statement on sanctions against Russia.  (available at:  http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-929_en.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.


European Union.  Center for Digital Democracy complaint to the Federal Trade Commission on the Safe Harbor arrangement with the European Union.  (available at:  http://www.democraticmedia.org )  issued:  8/13/14.


Safe Harbor.  Software and Security Information Association statement on the recent Safe Harbor complaint by the Center for Digital Democracy.  (available at:  http://siia.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1836:siia-says-cdds-safe-harbor-complaint-is-misguided&catid=62:press-room-overview&Itemid=1877 )  issued:  8/13/14.


TTIP.  Public Citizen statement on the environment and the TransAtlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.  (available at:  http://www.citizen.org )  issued:  8/13/14.



Export Controls


Blocked Assets.  Treasury Department guidance on blocked assets rules.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19252.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.


EAR.  Commerce Department final rule on miscellaneous corrections.  (available at:  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/18/2014-19348/corrections-and-clarifications-to-the-export-administration-regulations-correction )  issued:  8/18/14.



Export-Import Bank


Ethiopia.  US Export-Import Bank proposed sale of aircraft to Ethiopia.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19203.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.


Mexico.  US Export-Import Bank announcements of proposed oil equipment to Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19205.htm  and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19206.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.


United Kingdom.  US Export-Import Bank announcement of proposed sale of satellite services to the United Kingdom.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19207.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.



Foreign Investment


China.  Chinese government statement on foreign investment.  (available at:  http://english.mofcom.gov.cn/article/newsrelease/significantnews/201408/20140800695275.shtml )  issued:  8/13/14.


Inward.  Commerce Department final rules on direct foreign investment in the United States.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19256.htm )  issued:  8/13/14.



India


US Relations.  National Bureau of Asian Research report on US-India relations.  (available at:  http://nbr.org/research/activity.aspx?id=469 )  issued:  8/13/14.



Intellectual Property Rights


Canada.  Canadian government statement on ratification of the World Intellectual Property Organization internet treaties.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/13a.aspx )  issued:  8/13/14.



Japan


Agriculture.  National Pork Producers Council statement on Japan’s gate fee.  (available at:  http://www.nppc.org )  issued:  8/13/14



Latin America


Canada.  Canadian government statement on recent trade mission to Latin America.  (available at:  http://www.international.gc.ca/media/comm/news-communiques/2014/08/15a.aspx )  issued:  8/15/14.



Lobbying


OMB Directive.  Revised Office of Management and Budget directive on the appointments to federal advisory committees.  (available at:  https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2014/08/13/2014-19140/revised-guidance-on-appointment-of-lobbyists-to-federal-advisory-committees-boards-and-commissions )  issued:  8/13/14



Mexico


Ex-Im Bank.  US Export-Import Bank announcements of proposed oil equipment to Mexico.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19205.htm  and http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19206.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.



Monetary Policy


Currency.  American Automotive Policy Council statement on currency manipulation.  (available at:  http://www.americanautocouncil.org )  issued:  8/14/14.





Russia


European Union.  European Union statement on sanctions against Russia.  (available at:  http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-929_en.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.



Textiles


AGOA.  US Fashion Industry statement on the African Growth and Opportunity Act.  (available at:  http://www.usfashionindustry.com )  issued:  8/13/14.



Trade Policy


Froman Remarks.  Remarks by US Trade Representative Froman in Seattle on US trade policy.  (available at:  http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/speeches/2014/August/Remarks-by-Ambassador-Froman-at-Washington-Council-on-International-Trade-WCIT )  issued:  8/12/14.


TPA.  Public Citizen statement on Trade Promotion Authority.  (available at:  http://www.citizen.org )  issued:  8/14/14.



United Kingdom


Ex-Im Bank.  US Export-Import Bank announcement of proposed sale of satellite services to the United Kingdom.  (available at:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-08-14/html/2014-19207.htm )  issued:  8/14/14.



World Trade Organization


TFA.  UNCTAD report on implementing the Trade Facilitation Agreement.  (available at:  http://unctad.org/en/PublicationsLibrary/dtltlb2013d2_en.pdf )  issued:  8/15/14.



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•  Visiting South African President Jacob Zuma was asked at the National Press Club on August 4 what impact has President Obama’s color had on US relations with Africa.

•  Comments by Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden to the press on trade and transparency on July 16.

•  Australia News Network interviews World Trade Organization Director General Roberto Azevedo during his visit to the G-20 meetings in Sydney on July 17.

•  New House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy on June 22 tells Fox News Sunday why the US Export-Import Bank should end.

•  Here’s why Congressional ignorance can be very dangerous when it comes to willy-nilly support for free trade agreements, according to consumer advocate Ralph Nader.

 •  Here’s what’s at stake with Trade Promotion Authority and why Louisiana Republican Rep. Charles Boustany can’t sleep at night.

 •  Here’s what Wisconsin Republican Rep. Tom Petri said on the House floor April 10 about TTIP and Bratwurst.

 •  Here’s a brief interview with the Heritage Foundation’s Foundry report with House Financial Services Chair Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) on the dangers of renewing the US Export-Import Bank given April 17.

 •  Here’s a brief snippet from remarks April 8 by Senate Finance Committee ranking Republican Orrin Hatch saying he is befuddled over why the President says he supports Trade Promotion Authority but doesn’t do anything about.

 •  Here’s Aspen Institute scholar and former Reagan Administration Assistant Secretary of Commerce speaking about with WTD on the many iterations of a US-European Union free trade agreement after a recent Hudson Institute event.

 •  Here’s what veteran House Democrat Richard Neal (Mass) – one of four cochairs of the new House TTIP Caucus – told WTD during a reception celebrating the caucus creation on April 3.

 •  Here’s what World Trade Organization chief spokesperson Keith Rockwell said in Washington on how and why the WTO is back.

 •  Here’s what Council of Economic Advisors Chair Jason Furman told the Joint Economic Committee last week about why there is so little mention of trade in the Economic Report of the President.

 •  This is why the European Union is wrong when it says it will never allow imports of US hormone-treated beef, Agriculture Secretary Vilsack tells WTD.