Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 07-30-2014)

The Ford Motor Company has urged the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to include provisions in a bilateral auto trade deal with Japan under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that would allow the U.S. to "stop the clock" on phasing out its auto tariffs if Japan moves to impose new non-tariff measures that restrict U.S. auto exports, according to a Ford executive.

(Daily News - 07-25-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman this week said Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have narrowed their differences in the intellectual property (IP) chapter to a "dozen" outstanding issues from over 100 at the August 2013 round of talks in Brunei, though he emphasized that IP remains one of the most difficult topics in the negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/25/2014 - 07-24-2014)

Hot-button issues like agricultural market access and rules on intellectual property have long been identified as serious hurdles to completing the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but another outstanding issue that has garnered less attention is a simmering fight over the exceptions that some countries are trying to claim from obligations on services and investment, as well as from new disciplines on state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/25/2014 - 07-24-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/25/2014 - 07-24-2014)

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler claimed on July 23 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/25/2014 - 07-24-2014)

Tea Party Caucus member Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is attempting to rally House members behind a call to expel Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), highlighting the country's imposition of a harsh Shariah law-based penal code as a threat to Christians and human rights more broadly.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/25/2014 - 07-24-2014)

Reps. Donna Edwards (D-MD) and Walter Jones (R-NC) are spearheading a letter to President Obama urging him in the context of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) not to waive domestic procurement preferences established by the Buy America Act, and not to open the U.S. procurement market further to TPP members.

(Daily News - 07-23-2014)

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.

(Daily News - 07-18-2014)

The chairman and ranking member of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

Japan's deputy chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on July 15 claimed progress in two days of bilateral meetings on market access with Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, but acknowledged that neither side made new concessions and instead deepened its understanding of the other's positions.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

Australia's bilateral free trade agreement with Japan leaves open the possibility that Australia could obtain more agriculture concessions from Japan in case the United States or other trading partners obtain better market access in sensitive products through the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but does not guarantee it, according to the text of the agreement released last week.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

Seventeen business groups, led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), late last week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to seek immediate tariff elimination on a range of industrial goods in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, particularly with Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, and to insist on phasing out remaining tariffs without lengthy phaseouts and exclusions.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

All 23 Republicans on the House Ways & Means Committee yesterday (July 17) made it clear to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that they will not support the conclusion of a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal -- or even an agreement in principle -- unless Congress first passes Trade Promotion Authority (TPA).

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/18/2014 - 07-17-2014)

House Ways & Means trade subcommittee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told a Japanese ruling party lawmaker this week that the United States and Japan should slow down their negotiations on agriculture market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in order to ensure that the final outcome can pass muster with Congress.

(Daily News - 07-16-2014)

House Ways & Means trade subcommittee chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) told a Japanese ruling party lawmaker yesterday (July 15) that the United States and Japan should slow down their negotiations on agriculture market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in order to ensure that the final outcome can pass muster with Congress.

(Daily News - 07-16-2014)

Seventeen business groups, led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), late last week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to seek immediate tariff elimination on a range of industrial goods in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, particularly with Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, and to insist on phasing out remaining tariffs without lengthy phaseouts and exclusions.

(Daily News - 07-16-2014)

Japan's deputy chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks yesterday (July 15) claimed progress in two days of bilateral meetings on market access with Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler, but acknowledged that neither side made new concessions and instead deepened its understanding of the other's positions.

(Daily News - 07-12-2014)

An update issued by the Canadian government today (July 12) at the conclusion of a 10-day informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Ottawa gave no indication as to whether countries made progress during the talks and no information about when they plan to meet again.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

OTTAWA -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries during an informal round here this week are claiming progress in a number of areas, and are making clear they intend to drive the process forward with additional sessions leading up to a number of November meetings by TPP leaders, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

OTTAWA -- Working-level negotiators from the United States and Japan held technical discussions here on agricultural market access to try to make progress on outstanding issues ahead of the next meeting between Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler and Japanese official Hiroshi Oe in Washington on July 14-15.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

OTTAWA -- Chief negotiators from the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries in meetings here this week narrowed their differences on how to handle disputes that arise over obligations in the sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter, though they have not yet reached agreement on this issue, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

OTTAWA -- A member of parliament from Canada's largest opposition party this week blasted the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for its secretive handling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, including the informal negotiating round underway here.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

An informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round kicked off on July 3 in Ottawa with a meeting of the negotiating group on rules of origin, while the groups on intellectual property (IP), investment and state-owned enterprises (SOEs) were slated to meet the following week, according to a partial schedule provided by the Canadian government.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

A coalition led by agricultural groups such as the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) and Egg Farmers of America (EFA) has launched this week an advertising campaign on the Washington, D.C. Metro, as well as an online petition aimed at stepping up pressure on Japan to eliminate tariffs on sensitive agriculture products in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

OTTAWA -- A delegation of U.S. business representatives this week brought their demands that Canada open up its dairy market under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) directly to the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) this week questioned whether Malaysia was ready to meet the standards of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) in light of a State Department report showing that the country has one of the poorest records on combating illegal human trafficking.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

The Obama administration should clearly lay out to China what obligations it would have to meet to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) at some point in the future during this week's U.S.--China Strategic and Economic Dialogue (S&ED), according to Adam Posen, the president of the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE).

(Inside U.S. Trade - 07/11/2014 - 07-10-2014)

Two House Democrats sharply critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what they claim is a shroud of secrecy surrounding the negotiations made clear on July 9 that they have not been mollified by attempts by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to bolster transparency around TPP.

(Daily News - 07-10-2014)

Two House Democrats sharply critical of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and what they claim is a shroud of secrecy surrounding the negotiations made clear yesterday (July 9) that they have not been mollified by attempts by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative to bolster transparency around the TPP.

(Daily News - 07-09-2014)

OTTAWA -- A member of parliament from Canada's largest opposition party today (July 9) blasted the government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper for its secretive handling of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, including the informal negotiating round underway here.

(Daily News - 07-09-2014)

OTTAWA – A delegation of U.S. business representatives on July 9 brought their demands that Canada open up its dairy market under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) directly to the office of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, according to informed sources.