Efforts to bridge the gaps between World Trade Organization members on a protocol of amendment to enshrine the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) into the WTO legal framework before the deadline today (July 31) are set to go down to the wire as Director-General Roberto Azevedo has called an informal meeting of WTO ambassadors for 9 p.m. Geneva time tonight.
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative yesterday (July 30) publicly made clear for the first time that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will not include any new commitments for U.S. state or local authorities to open up government procurement to foreign suppliers of goods and services.
The United States yesterday (July 29) expanded its sanctions against Moscow over its incursion into Ukraine by tightening restrictions on exports of energy-related technologies to Russia, suspending export credit financing for industrial and agricultural goods, and targeting new Russian companies and financial institutions.
As World Trade Organization Director-General Roberto Azevedo is engaged in a last-ditch effort to try and broker a compromise among WTO members by July 31 to resolve India's objection to the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), one proposal gaining traction is to establish regular meetings within the WTO to work towards a permanent solution on India's priority issue of food security, according to Geneva sources.
The Ford Motor Company has urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to include provisions in a bilateral auto trade deal with Japan under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would allow the U.S. to "stop the clock" on phasing out its auto tariffs if Japan moves to impose new non-tariff measures that restrict U.S. auto exports, according to a Ford executive.
Opponents of the Department of Transportation's (DOT) cross-border trucking pilot program with Mexico yesterday (July 28) questioned whether the program has collected enough data from Mexican carriers over roughly three years to constitute the statistically valid sample that is required under U.S. law before DOT could move toward a permanent resolution of the longstanding bilateral trade dispute over trucking.
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- 140 House Members Sign Bipartisan Letter Urging Obama To Seek Improved TPP Market Access Offer From Japan
- USTR Calls Claims TPP Would Alter Federal, State, Local Procurement Laws 'Myths'
- 121 House Members Sign Edwards-Jones Letter Urging 'Buy American' Protection In TPP
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