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Levin Heads To Sydney To Assess Status Of TPP Negotiations 'Firsthand'

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee, is traveling to Sydney this week to check on the state-of-play of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), his office announced on Oct. 21.

WTO Compliance Panel Finds New COOL Measure Worse Than Original

The World Trade Organization on Monday (Oct. 20) 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.

Australia Seeks To Protect Domestic Audiovisual Content, Drug Benefits In TPP

CANBERRA -- Officials for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) have identified at least two major defensive interests in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in advance of the latest round taking place here: keeping in place quotas for Australian content on television and radio as well as maintaining the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that subsidizes medicines for Australians.

Australian Officials Raise Hopes For Common TPP Tariff Concessions

CANBERRA – Ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks underway here, Australian trade officials drove home the point to domestic business representatives that the final deal will be truly plurilateral in terms of market access, raising hopes among industry groups that Japan will extend the same tariff concessions it grants to the United States to all other TPP countries.

EU Farm Groups Urge Quick GMO Approvals, Warning Of Trade Disruptions

A coalition of European Union farm groups has called on the outgoing European Commission in its final weeks to approve a slew of genetically engineered crops for import, warning that a failure to act now could block shipments from the United States and cost EU livestock farmers up to a billion euros extra to secure feed grain from elsewhere.

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 opposition to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues such as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.

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  • In Further Delay, WTO's Airbus Compliance Panel Expects Ruling By End-2015

    The World Trade Organization panel weighing whether the European Union has complied with a 2011 Appellate Body ruling faulting EU member state subsidies to aircraft maker Airbus has delayed its ruling a third time, and now expects to issue its decision by the end of 2015.

  • USDA Steps Up Pressure On Canada Over Agricultural Dispute Settlement

    The Obama administration has stepped up pressure on the Canadian government to live up to what the U.S. government believes were Ottawa's commitments under the bilateral Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) for creating a dispute settlement system that gives fruit and vegetable suppliers priority treatment in cases of delinquent payments.

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  • House Republicans Seek TPA Vehicle Amid Uncertainty Over Lame-Duck

    House Ways & Means Committee Republicans are continuing to seek a potential vehicle to pass a renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the lame-duck session following the November elections, even as they acknowledge that it is uncertain whether a viable path toward passage will materialize.

  • Mexican Minister Brings Retaliation Threat Over Sugar To Washington

    Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo during a trip to Washington this week amplified his message that Mexico will retaliate - including by challenging the U.S. sugar program at the World Trade Organization - if the U.S. does not meet Mexican demands for a deal to resolve an ongoing trade remedy case against Mexican sugar.

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  • U.S.-Japan Deal Elusive As Tokyo Meeting Ends; Talks To Resume In Australia

    A four-day meeting of U.S. and Japanese negotiators in Tokyo under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended on Oct. 15 without a bilateral deal, though Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said the two sides made progress despite not resolving the tough issues of agricultural market access and auto trade.

  • Mexico's Guajardo Says TPP Unlikely To Advance Without U.S.-Japan Deal

    Mexico's top trade official made clear this week that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties are unlikely to make major progress at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Sydney unless the United States and Japan can show they have reached a breakthrough in ongoing bilateral market access negotiations.

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