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Public Comment Sought on Amended Sugar Agreement

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce released the specific draft sugar agreements initialed by the governments of the United States and Mexico and representatives of the Mexican sugar industry. This follows months of negotiations and further technical consultations between the two governments and the sugar growing and refining industries of both countries. On June 6, U.S. Secretary of Commerce...

Department of Commerce Announces Changes to the 2017 Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Private Angler Recreational Season

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For the first time in a decade, Federal authorities and the five Gulf States have agreed to align Federal and State private angler red snapper fishing seasons for the remainder of the summer, and the Department of Commerce has re-opened the 2017 private angler recreational season for 39 weekend days and holidays. Majority Whip Scalise and other Members of Congress were instrumental in reaching...

U.S., China Finalize Details to Send U.S. Beef to China

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As part of the U.S.-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11, 2017, by U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration today has taken important steps toward commercial shipment of U.S. beef and beef products to China for the first time since 2003. These shipments are results of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Dialogue co...

Secretary of Commerce Announces Interim Leadership for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has named U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Associate Solicitor Joseph Matal to perform the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. The position is effective June 7, 2017, and follows the resignation of Michelle K. Lee. Matal will serve in this role during the nomination and...

Statement from U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the Resignation of Michelle Lee as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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“We thank Michelle Lee for her service to her country and to the Department of Commerce. As the first woman in our country’s history to serve as Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Michelle has worked tirelessly to serve our stakeholders and the American public. We wish her well in her next endeavor.”

U.S. and Mexico Strike Deal on Sugar to Protect U.S. Growers and Refiners, Ensure Supply to Consumers

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Today U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Mexican Secretary of Economy Ildefonso Guajardo announced new agreement in principal to suspend antidumping and countervailing duties against Mexican sugar imports into the United States. “We have gotten the Mexican side to agree to nearly every request made by U.S. industry to address flaws in the current system and ensure fair treatment of...

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Extends Deadline for Sugar Negotiations

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Today, Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that the Department of Commerce is extending the deadline for sugar negotiations with Mexico by 24 hours to allow the two sides to complete final technical consultations. “The two sides have come together in quite meaningful ways, but there remain a few technical details to work out,” said Secretary Ross. “We are quite optimistic that our two nations are on...

Trade with China Continues Trend While Comprehensive Economic Dialogue Hopes to Balance Deficits

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The trade deficit in goods with China ballooned by 13.8 percent year-over-year while the overall trade deficit increased by 5 percent since March as imports increased slightly and exports declined following the release of the April 2017 International Trade in Goods and Services monthly data by the Department of Commerce. “While the overall trade deficit continues to grow, it is too soon for the...