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Low Expectations For Hanoi Round Cast Doubt On November TPP Result

At an informal round of talks taking place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are poised to confront some of the most contentious issues in the negotiations, including intellectual property (IP) protections for drugs and disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs). But with no plans to actually resolve any of these tough issues in Hanoi, observers are questioning whether it is realistic to expect that the Obama administration will achieve its goal of reaching a substantial TPP outcome by November.

U.S. Officials Meet With Peruvian Government On Labor, Environmental Reforms

A U.S. government delegation that traveled to Lima this week met with Peruvian officials to gather more information on labor and environmental reforms enacted in July that civil society groups claim violate Peru's commitments under its bilateral free trade agreement with the United States.

NGO Argues TTIP Could Exacerbate Climate Change, Citing NAFTA Example

A non-governmental organization critical of free trade agreements in a new paper is arguing that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) might exacerbate climate change, pointing specifically to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) as a cautionary tale.

Groser Predicts TPP Negotiations Will Not Be Concluded This Year

New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser has become the second minister from a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) country to predict that the negotiations will not be concluded this year, even as President Obama has set a November deadline for producing a substantial outcome in the talks.

USTR Extends Guatemala Labor Plan, With Key Element Still Outstanding

The Obama administration has opted to extend a labor enforcement plan with Guatemala by one month instead of reactivating a formal dispute settlement panel under the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA), even though Guatemala is still not in compliance with one of the plan's key provisions.

Commerce Finds Countervailable Subsidies In Mexican Sugar Trade Case

The U.S. Department of Commerce on Tuesday (Aug. 26) said it would hit a group of Mexican government-owned sugar mills with substantial preliminary countervailing duties (CVDs) of just over 17 percent, in a move that sets the stage for Mexico to come forward with a potential settlement of the sugar trade case within one week.

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  • Uncertainty Over India's Red Lines Clouds Future Of Trade Facilitation Deal

    The continued lack of clarity over India's true motivations for blocking the implementation of the multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) has left World Trade Organization members in a cloud of uncertainty over whether they will be able to salvage the deal when officials return to Geneva in September.

  • WTO Panel Releases Final Report To Parties In U.S.-India Poultry Dispute

    A World Trade Organization dispute settlement panel has released a final ruling to the United States and India in a dispute over an alleged Indian ban on U.S. poultry products, and the ruling will be made public and distributed to all WTO members in the coming weeks, according to Geneva sources.

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  • China Tells Commerce It Wants To Negotiate Suspension Of Solar AD Case

    Beijing has told the U.S. Commerce Department it wants to negotiate a settlement that would suspend an ongoing antidumping (AD) investigation into imports of certain solar panels from China, in a move that opens up a new phase in the longstanding trade spat that will likely stretch on for months, but leaves many questions unanswered.

  • House Ex-Im Opponents Threaten Subpoena In Bid To Bolster Oversight

    The chairs of the House Financial Services Committee and its oversight and investigations subcommittee have warned the Export-Import Bank that they may subpoena unredacted bank records if it fails to comply immediately with their demands for those records and transcribed interviews with three bank officials.

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  • Details Emerge On Agenda, Venue For September TPP Meeting In Hanoi

    The informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Hanoi next month will include discussions on four issues that countries have consistently identified as the most difficult ones in the negotiations: market access, intellectual property (IP), environment, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to the Vietnamese government.

  • Trans-Atlantic Business Council Promoting TTIP In Eight-City U.S. Tour

    A business group representing U.S. and European Union companies is launching a multi-city campaign across the United States to highlight what it argues are the broad potential benefits of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and try get out ahead of the type of negative publicity that has dogged the initiative in the EU.

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