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U.S., Japan To Disclose Market Access Terms To Other TPP Parties In October

In yet another signal that the United States is pushing hard for a significant outcome in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks by November, the United States and Japan last week committed to other TPP countries that they will disclose the details of their bilateral discussions on market access to all parties in October, thereby launching a new phase of intensive tariff negotiations among all 12 TPP countries, according to informed sources.

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Commerce Levels Preliminary AD Duties Against China, Taiwan In Next Stage Of Solar Fight

The Commerce Department today (July 25) issued an affirmative preliminary determination in its antidumping (AD) probe into Chinese and Taiwanese imports of solar energy products, triggering a 15-day countdown for respondent companies to request talks on a possible suspension agreement.

India Sticks To TFA Objection, Proposes Link To Permanent Solution On Food Security

At a meeting today (July 25) of the World Trade Organization's General Council, India dug in its heels and continued to block a decision that would incorporate the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) into the WTO's legal framework, but for the first time laid out its specific demands in the fight that threatens to unravel a package of trade concessions agreed to at the December WTO ministerial in Bali.

Froman Says TPP Countries Have Narrowed IP Differences To A 'Dozen' Issues

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week said Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have narrowed their differences in the intellectual property (IP) chapter to a "dozen" outstanding issues from over 100 at the August 2013 round of talks in Brunei, though he emphasized that IP remains one of the most difficult topics in the negotiations.

Leaked EU TTIP Draft On SPS Includes Rules On Equivalency, Animal Welfare

The European Commission has proposed including binding new rules on how the U.S. and EU should go about determining the equivalency of their respective food safety regimes as well as obligations to cooperate to improve animal welfare as part of a proposal for a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a newly leaked draft text.

Internal Email Shows U.S. Leaning On EU To Change Fuel Emissions Rules

A newly released internal European Commission email shows that the U.S. government has pressed the EU to fundamentally alter proposed legislation aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels in a way that environmental advocates claim would weaken European efforts to fight global climate change.

Cutler Says TPP Parties More Flexible On Rules After Japan Tariff Talks

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler today (July 23) claimed that other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have begun to show more flexibility on outstanding rules issues in the 12-party negotiations as a result of progress they have made in market access talks with Japan, following an April U.S.-Japan leaders' summit.

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  • Bipartisan Draft Letter Urges Repeal Of 2013 COOL Rule In Event Of U.S. WTO Loss

    Republicans and Democrats in the House are set to call on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to roll back a country-of-origin labeling (COOL) regulation for meat products if a World Trade Organization panel rules against the U.S. in a compliance dispute lodged by Canada and Mexico.

  • De Gucht Puts Onus On India, South Africa To Drop Opposition On TFA

    European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht publicly called out India and South Africa on July 22 for blocking the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), and said it is up to these two countries to change their positions ahead of a key July 31 deadline for adopting a protocol of amendment that will enshrine the deal in the legal framework of the World Trade Organization.

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  • DOT Agency To Present Data From Mexico Truck Pilot Program On July 28

    A Department of Transportation (DOT) agency official next week is slated to present data the agency has collected through the Mexico Cross-Border Trucking Pilot Program at a subcommittee meeting of the Motor Carrier Safety Advisory Committee, ahead of the program's October expiration, according an agenda of the meeting.

  • China Tire Probe Moves Ahead As Commerce Finds USW Has Standing

    The U.S. Commerce Department last week decided to move ahead with antidumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) investigations into imports of Chinese passenger vehicle and light truck tires, after a 20-day delay during which the department established the United Steelworkers (USW) union had standing to bring the case.

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  • Leaked EU TTIP Draft On SPS Includes Rules On Equivalency, Animal Welfare

    The European Commission has proposed including binding new rules on how the U.S. and EU should go about determining the equivalency of their respective food safety regimes as well as obligations to cooperate to improve animal welfare as part of a proposal for a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a newly leaked draft text.

  • Nunes, Rangel Plan Letter To Obama Urging Improved Japan TPP Offer

    The chairman and ranking member of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee and three other House members are gathering support for a bipartisan letter to President Obama that calls for Japan to improve its market access offer in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but stops short of explicitly demanding that Japan eliminate all tariffs under the deal.

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