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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- All GOP Ways & Means Members Say They Will Reject TPP Deal, Even In Principle, Without TPA
- Nunes, Rangel Float Letter Saying Congress Cannot Support TPP That Accepts Current Japanese Tariff Demands
- BRICS Countries Sign MOU Aimed At Facilitating Cooperation Between ECAs
- Bipartisan Draft Letter Calls On Obama To Reject Procurement Commitments In TPP
- Senate Dems Ask Obama To Consider Revoking AGOA Benefits For Nigeria, Uganda Over LGBT Rights Violations
- GOP Draft Letter Demands Brunei's Expulsion From TPP Over Religious Freedom Issues
- India Reiterates Plan To Block TFA Over Food Stockholding Despite Contrary Reports
- Industry Groups Urge G20 Trade Ministers To Take Steps Against Local Content Requirements
- Merkley, Baldwin Ask GAO To Examine Impacts Of Procurement Subsidies, Provisions In FTAs
- Bicameral Group Of Dems Tells USTR Alteration Of EU Fuel Quality Directive Would Undermine Climate Action Plan
- Treasury Imposes Sectoral Sanctions On Russian Banking, Energy Industries
- Azevedo Indicates Room To Improve Current Doha Ambition, Says Steps Have Been 'Small, Tentative'
- Qatar, Thailand List TF Obligations To Be Implemented Upon Entry Into Force
- India Demands Postponement Of TFA Until 'Permanent' Food Security Solution Found
- Froman, Punke Indicate India's TFA Objections Not Resolved Following WTO General Council
- Cantwell, Kaine Push For Ex-Im Renewal Action In Back-To-Back Floor Speeches
- In Preliminary Determination, Commerce Finds Dumping Of Chinese, Taiwanese Solar Cells
- Commerce Official Highlights Technical BIT Discussions, Remedy Measures At Hearing On India
- Pritzker, Kerry To Attend U.S.-India Strategic Dialogue In New Delhi July 31
- NGO Assessment Warns Of TTIP Impacts On Maine Dairy Sector
- Donohue Presses Korea To Move More Quickly On KORUS Implementation
- Italian Presidency Lists Encouraging Progress On TTIP, Finalizing CETA Among Trade Priorities
- Groups Urge Froman To Oppose Including Energy Chapter Or Allowing Automatic Crude, LNG Exports In TTIP
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