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EU ready to start post-Brexit trade negotiations with UK
“The Council adopted guidelines on the Brexit process on March 23. These guidelines reiterated the EU’s ‘determination to have as close as possible a partnership with the UK in the future,’ and explained that such a partnership should cover trade and economic cooperation, among other areas.”
[Tax News]

New investigation aims to prevent diversion of steel products to EU market
“The safeguard investigation is one of the three types of measures the Commission announced in response to the US restrictions on steel and aluminium. It concerns products of all origin and its opening does not prejudge its results. However, the procedure can also result in imposition of import tariffs or quotas that would shield EU producers from excessive imports, if this proves necessary.”
[European Commission]

Customs tariff provisions on edible food preparations revised 
[Official Journal of the EU]

Ukraine ready to sign FTA with Israel
[Black Sea Grain]

Middle East

Jordan working to diversify exports to U.S.
A new strategy developed by the American Chamber of Commerce in Jordan to improve two-way trade and investment focuses on priority sectors (consumer goods, chemicals, handicrafts, and commercial services) and target locations (New York, Illinois, Michigan, and California).


African Union, UN publish Q&A on continental free trade area
[African Trade Policy Centre]

African countries begin implementation of FTA without Nigeria, others
[The Guardian]

Sudan to strengthen trade ties with Chad
[Radio Dabanga]