Thursday, April 17, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 04-11-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold a meeting of their chief negotiators May 12-15 in Vietnam prior to a meeting of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) trade ministers in neighboring China, according to informed sources. One source said the TPP chief negotiators' meeting has already been confirmed.

(Daily News - 04-11-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said yesterday (April 10) that he and Japanese minister Akira Amari made some progress during two days of talks in Tokyo this week on agriculture market access and automotive issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but that big gaps still remain between the two sides ahead of President Obama's trip to Japan later this month.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/11/2014 - 04-10-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week indicated that the Japan-Australia trade agreement announced on April 7 would not have an impact on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, in part because the U.S. is seeking agricultural concessions from Japan in TPP that go well beyond what Australia obtained in the bilateral deal.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/11/2014 - 04-10-2014)

House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) this week said he hoped to work with other members of Congress and the Obama administration to create a bicameral, bipartisan working group to provide input into the negotiations for a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on a range of what he called major issues, including meaningful rules for curbing currency manipulation.

(Daily News - 04-10-2014)

House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) yesterday (April 9) said he hoped to work with other members of Congress and the Obama administration to create a bicameral, bipartisan working group to provide input into the negotiations for a Trans- Pacific Partnership (TPP) on a range of what he called major issues, including meaningful rules for curbing currency manipulation.

(Daily News - 04-10-2014)

A bipartisan group of four House members is asking its colleagues to sign a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack urging them not to make a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal with Japan unless it eliminates tariff and non-tariff agricultural barriers.

(Daily News - 04-08-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said today (April 8) that the United States is seeking market-opening concessions from Japan in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on beef that go beyond those Tokyo made in a bilateral trade agreement with Australia unveiled this week.

(Daily News - 04-07-2014)

Australia and Japan on April 7 announced that they have concluded negotiations on a bilateral free trade agreement that further opens up the Japanese market to Australian exports of beef and dairy products but stops short of fully liberalizing trade in these sectors and on other sensitive agricultural goods.

(Daily News - 04-04-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will hold a meeting on legal issues from April 8-11 in Washington, the Peruvian government said today (April 4).

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/04/2014 - 04-03-2014)

Members of the House Ways and Means Committee yesterday (April 3) pressed U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on a number of outstanding issues related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, including how Vietnam can be expected to live up to the deal's labor obligations and how strongly he will fight Japan's efforts to protect its sensitive agriculture products from more import competition.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/04/2014 - 04-03-2014)

The United States and Japan will hold a new round of talks next week in Tokyo in an effort to advance their discussions on agricultural market access and automobile trade linked to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) prior to President Obama's trip to Japan later this month, after failing to make significant breakthroughs during meetings held over the past two weeks in Washington.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/04/2014 - 04-03-2014)

A Canadian trade official last week signaled that the lack of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the United States as well as a change in government in Chile are slowing down the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Daily News - 04-03-2014)

House Ways and Means Committee Ranking Member Sander Levin (D-MI) at a committee hearing on the U.S. trade policy agenda today (April 3) urged his colleagues to focus on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in their questions to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman instead of a pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, citing what he said were the large number of challenging issues with TPP and the deficiencies in the TPA bill.

(Daily News - 04-03-2014)

The United States and Japan will hold a new round of talks next week in Tokyo in an effort to advance their discussions on agricultural market access and automobile trade linked to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) prior to President Obama's trip to Japan later this month, after failing to make significant breakthroughs during meetings held over the past two weeks in Washington.

(Daily News - 03-31-2014)

The United States and Japan did not make a breakthrough during two days of bilateral market access talks held last week in Washington as part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, according to a Japanese official, who called on the United States to show more flexibility in its demands.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/28/2014 - 03-27-2014)

The United States has tabled a market access offer to Vietnam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that seeks to protect the most sensitive apparel items by subjecting them to an initial duty reduction but then shielding them from further tariff reductions until their elimination between 10 and 15 years later, according to industry sources on both sides of the debate.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/28/2014 - 03-27-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold their next negotiating meeting with all 12 participants in conjunction with a May gathering of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic ministers in China, meaning they will not hold any group meetings during the month of April, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/28/2014 - 03-27-2014)

The new Chilean government this week unveiled plans to set up an advisory group for the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks consisting of representatives from the private sector and non-governmental organizations (NGO), in a move aimed at responding to domestic criticism over lack of transparency in the TPP negotiations.

(Daily News - 03-26-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold their next negotiating meeting with all 12 participants in conjunction with a May gathering of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) economic ministers in China, meaning they will not hold any group meetings during the month of April, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/21/2014 - 03-20-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week singled out Japan as holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, arguing that all other TPP countries are looking to Tokyo to make concessions on market access before the talks can move forward.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/21/2014 - 03-20-2014)

A senior U.S. official late last week said the administration hopes to have a third round of consultations with South Korea in the "weeks ahead" related to its interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as it is holding firm to its position that new entrants cannot participate in the negotiations until a final deal is reached among the current 12 participants.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/21/2014 - 03-20-2014)

A State Department official last week expressed positive sentiments about the prospect of Taiwan eventually joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but said that discussions in the U.S. government have not progressed far enough on the topic for the administration to have an official position for or against the island's bid.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/21/2014 - 03-20-2014)

The new Chilean government that took office last week will be "extraordinarily cautious" when approaching the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations and seek to defend its national interests on sensitive issues for Chile such as intellectual property (IP), financial regulation and state-owned enterprises, the country's new foreign minister said.

(Daily News - 03-19-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman yesterday (March 18) singled out Japan as holding up the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, arguing that all other TPP countries are looking to Tokyo to make concessions on market access before the talks can move forward.

(Daily News - 03-17-2014)

A senior U.S. official late last week said the administration hopes to have a third round of consultations with South Korea in the "weeks ahead" related to its interest in joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), even as it is holding firm to its position that new entrants cannot participate in the negotiations until a final deal is reached among the current 12 participants.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/14/2014 - 03-13-2014)

U.S. trade officials are privately and publicly downplaying expectations that an April meeting between President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo will be an "action-forcing" event that leads to a breakthrough in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/14/2014 - 03-13-2014)

A representative of the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) strongly implied yesterday (March 13) that Japan should open its agriculture market in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations to the same degree that South Korea did in its bilateral free trade agreement with the United States.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 03/14/2014 - 03-13-2014)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler late last week said a bilateral trade agreement between the Japan and Australia that is close to conclusion could end up putting U.S. agricultural producers at a disadvantage in the Japanese market since it is likely to go into effect before a completed Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal.