U.S. optimistic global trade deal will come into force this year

March 4, 2015 4:56 PM

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expects a global deal to cut customs red tape and streamline import procedures to come into force this year, a senior trade official said on Wednesday.

Mark Linscott, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for World Trade Organization and Multilateral Affairs, said Washington was "pretty confident" the deal agreed in Bali in 2013 would be up and running by year-end.

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