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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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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.

Finance, Ways & Means Announce Hearings On KORUS, AGOA

UPDATED: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee are slated to hold separate hearings next week evaluating the status of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Finance is also separately holding a trade subcommittee hearing on the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) free trade agreement.

Manchin Says Ex-Im Bill Done; Senate In Talks With House On Path Forward

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said today (July 22) that he has finished drafting a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank but that the decision of whether to introduce it rests with the Senate Democratic leadership, which he revealed is in talks with the House Republican leadership about how to move forward with Ex-Im reauthorization.

De Gucht Says U.S. Not Dragging Feet On TTIP, Lauds Technical Work

European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) rejected the notion that U.S. officials are "dragging their feet" in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and indicated he was pleased by the amount of "technical analysis" the U.S. had put into the talks so far.

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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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