Saturday, November 01, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 10-31-2014)

A senior Australian trade official has stressed publicly that Canberra is seeking a market access deal in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that ensures each TPP trading partner reaps the benefits of the lower tariffs parties commit to, even in bilateral negotiations like those between Japan and the United States.

(Daily News - 10-30-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman has all but ruled out the possibility of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders reaching a final TPP deal at next month's Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in China, instead saying the meeting will serve as a chance for leaders to give the "political impetus" to complete a deal soon.

(Daily News - 10-30-2014)

A top-ranking official with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce expressed disappointment over the lack of significant progress in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TTP) negotiations held in Australia, and warned that the agreement must be advanced in the next few months in order to have a "realistic chance" of conclusion next year.

(Daily News - 10-29-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers and negotiators did not discuss how a potential agreement would handle tobacco regulations during two weeks of meetings in Australia, although U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week acknowledged that it remains a divisive issue.

(Daily News - 10-29-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers are set to meet again on Nov. 8 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Beijing, largely to review progress made by their negotiators and determine whether their leaders should hold a summit in the following days, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 10-28-2014)

House Ways & Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) has called for more public debate on key issues still unresolved in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, including investment, intellectual property protection, and food safety.

(Daily News - 10-27-2014)

SYDNEY – New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said Monday (Oct. 27) that he supports having the United States and Japan negotiate their market access commitments in secret as long as they meet two key conditions: continually updating Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries on their progress, and ensuring that whatever concessions they make bilaterally are extended to all other members.

(Daily News - 10-27-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers on Monday (Oct. 27) announced they had made progress on outstanding market access and rules issues during three days of talks here, and charged their negotiators with making further advances before the TPP ministers have a chance to reconvene early next month in China.

(Daily News - 10-26-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers on Monday (Oct. 27), the final day of their meeting here, are slated to tackle the controversial issue of whether and how to transition countries from a lower level of intellectual property (IP) protection for drugs to the higher standard being discussed in TPP, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 10-26-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators, along with the working groups on intellectual property (IP), state-owned enterprises (SOEs) and rules of origin, will hold additional negotiating sessions here following a three-day ministerial, as officials from the U.S., Australia and other countries tout new momentum in the talks.

(Daily News - 10-26-2014)

SYDNEY -- During their second day of meetings here, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers agreed on a set of general principles that will govern the exceptions countries will be allowed to take from rules designed to ensure governments do not provide advantages to state-owned enterprises (SOEs) that compete with private firms, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 10-25-2014)

Updated: SYDNEY -- Japan has tabled new tariff offers to a number of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries other than the United States that provide improved access for sensitive agriculture products, and has also reported to other TPP countries that it made progress in market access talks with the U.S., according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 10-25-2014)

SYDNEY -- Vietnam has indicated it is willing to accept rules in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) e-commerce chapter that would, among other things, bar governments from restricting the free flow of data over the Internet. But is also seeking an exception that would temporarily shield Hanoi from a dispute settlement case alleging a breach of some or all of these obligations, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 10-25-2014)

SYDNEY -- U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Saturday (Oct. 25) said the three-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting he is chairing here will give ministers chance to resolve some outstanding issues, narrow differences on others, and prepare some issues for leaders to address when President Obama visits Asia next month.

(Daily News - 10-25-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will hold additional negotiating sessions here after the conclusion of a three-day ministerial meeting on Oct. 27 in order to try to make as much progress as possible, according to Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb.

(Daily News - 10-24-2014)

SYDNEY -- On the eve of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial here, farm groups from Australia, New Zealand and Canada again drove home the point that they want the trade deal to deliver not only deep tariff cuts on agricultural products but also provide equal market access for all participants.

(Daily News - 10-24-2014)

SYDNEY -- A three-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial is set to kick off here on Saturday (Oct. 25) with a series of bilateral and plenary meetings, but the United States and Japan have not yet scheduled a bilateral session between their ministers, Japanese TPP minister Akira Amari told reporters.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- U.S. brand-name drug companies are taking the position that they will only support a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes a time-based transition period for implementing intellectual property (IP) obligations rather than one linked to development indicators, but are willing to be flexible on their demand for 12 years of data exclusivity for biologic drugs, according to industry sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are considering language in the intellectual property (IP) chapter that would go a long way toward meeting a key U.S. industry demand that countries provide criminal penalties for the theft of trade secrets, but in a way that gives countries some flexibility in how they implement those remedies.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Canada has proposed an exception in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would allow it to maintain its current legal regime for internet service providers (ISPs) to address online copyright infringement, even though that system falls short of the requirements the United States is seeking in the TPP, according to informed sources here.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

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

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Officials for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) identified at least two major defensive interests in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in advance of a round that took place here this week: 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

Ahead of a high-level meeting with the United States and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) counterparts in Australia, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast reiterated his government's strong criticism of U.S. "Buy America" public procurement policies and blasted pending legislation to expand their scope.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

In advance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings in Australia, 40 U.S. and international trade associations representing a range of industries urged trade ministers and chief negotiators to include meaningful provisions on cross-border data flows in TPP that will drive the digital economy.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

Thirteen major U.S. environmental groups this week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to fight for a strong environment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) even as he faces opposition from trading partners.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

A coalition of U.S. business and farm organizations this week made their latest attempt to defeat U.S. government efforts in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to give special protection to tobacco control measures.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

With the support of the Mexican beef producers, the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) has called on leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to pursue an ambitious agreement for beef in terms of tariff cuts as well impediments caused by non-scientific regulations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- The United States and Japan resumed bilateral talks on agricultural market access on the sidelines of the informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round here, in line with a plan announced last week by Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler.