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Canadian, Aussie, NZ Ag Groups Reiterate Call For Strong Plurilateral Deal

SYDNEY -- On the eve of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial here, farm groups from Australia, New Zealand and Canada again drove home the point that they want the trade deal to deliver not only deep tariff cuts on agricultural products but also provide equal market access for all participants.

Froman, Amari Meeting Not Yet Fixed Ahead Of Day One Of TPP Ministerial

SYDNEY -- A three-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial is set to kick off here on Saturday (Oct. 25) with a series of bilateral and plenary meetings, but the United States and Japan have not yet scheduled a bilateral session between their ministers, Japanese TPP minister Akira Amari told reporters.

General Council Fails To Break TFA Deadlock That Paralyzes WTO Agenda

Faced with a seemingly pervasive negotiating deadlock, World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo told the General Council this week he would start another round of consultations aimed at breaking the impasse on the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), and the paralysis of the larger WTO negotiating agenda.

EU Member States Plead With New Commission Not To 'Jettison' ISDS

Half of the trade ministers for European Union member states have warned the incoming European Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker not to "jettison" from trade negotiations with the United States issues like investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) that have become lightning rods for public criticism in the EU.

Froman Signals Need For TPA To Get Best Offers From Negotiating Partners

CANBERRA -- In advance of an Oct. 25-27 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting, U.S. trade officials this week touted to Congress an article by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in which he signals that U.S. trading partners are unlikely to put their best offers on the negotiating table unless Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is in place.

In TPP, Big Pharma Seeks Time-Based Transitions; Hints At Biologics Flexibility

CANBERRA -- U.S. brand-name drug companies are taking the position that they will only support a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes a time-based transition period for implementing intellectual property (IP) obligations rather than one linked to development indicators, but are willing to be flexible on their demand for 12 years of data exclusivity for biologic drugs, according to industry sources.

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  • WTO Compliance Panel Finds New COOL Measure Worse Than Original

    The World Trade Organization this week dealt a blow to the United States country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for meat with a finding that U.S. efforts to remedy problems identified in an earlier WTO decision fell far short of achieving that goal and actually worsened COOL's impact on Mexican and Canadian livestock producers.

  • WTO Report Says Updated Trade Rules Could Help Development Goals

    The 2014 World Trade Report released this week says trade and World Trade Organization rules have contributed to the economic development of poor countries over the past two decades, but emphasizes that there is a need to update and create new trade rules to ensure that trade works effectively for development now.

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  • Brazilian Election Could Lead To Sharp Change Of Tack On Trade Policy

    This weekend's neck-and-neck Brazilian presidential election appears set to determine whether trade policy remains a back-burner issue in Brasilia for the next four years or jumps to the foreground under a new administration that would view trade liberalization as a critical tool to lift Brazil out of the middle-income trap, according to Brazil observers.

  • Trade Committees Likely To Remain Largely Unchanged After Elections

    The upcoming Nov. 4 midterm elections are unlikely to bring drastic changes to the membership of the two congressional trade committees -- the House Ways & Means Committee and the Senate Finance Committee -- due to the small number of members retiring, as well as the fact that many incumbents are slated to win their contests.

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  • Australian Parliament Critics Of TPP Step Up Action As Round Kicks Off

    CANBERRA -- As a new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations kicked off here, Australian opposition lawmakers critical of the deal announced plans to ramp up their efforts to build resistance to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues like investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.

  • EU Proposes Greater Chemicals Cooperation Without Binding Commitments

    A European Union proposal for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) leaked earlier this month lays out in new detail how the EU envisions its chemicals regulators working more closely with their counterparts in the United States without interrupting either side's procedures or forcing changes in their regulatory decisions.

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