Friday, November 21, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 11-20-2014)

The United States will host the next meeting of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators from Dec. 7-12 in Washington, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. One informed source said the meeting will likely involve chief negotiators as well as some working groups.

(Daily News - 11-20-2014)

A senior aide to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) told a business audience late last week that improvements on enforcement and transparency language, along with a renewal of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program, are the chairman's priorities when it comes to a pending Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 11-19-2014)

Han Duck-Soo, head of the Korea International Trade Association (KITA) and a former South Korean ambassador to the United States, is pushing Seoul to seek entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) as soon as possible while also working to build support in Washington for South Korea's eventual participation in the trade deal.

(Daily News - 11-14-2014)

President Obama is slated to hold a trilateral meeting on Sunday (Nov. 16) with the prime ministers of Australia and Japan on the sidelines of the G20 leaders' summit in Brisbane, Australia. Informed sources say the meeting could provide a forum to discuss the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/14/2014 - 11-13-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders following a Nov. 10 meeting in China welcomed "significant progress" in the negotiations and instructed their trade ministers to make concluding a deal a "priority," but steered clear of setting a target for finishing the talks as they had in previous years.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/14/2014 - 11-13-2014)

President Obama on Nov. 10 said he would continue to make the case to Congress and the American public that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would bring benefits through more jobs and higher incomes, and called on other TPP leaders to argue in favor of the trade pact in their own countries.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/14/2014 - 11-13-2014)

Malaysia and at least six of the 11 other countries negotiating a potential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement could suffer a significant erosion in the amount of value captured by their own economies through international trade if the deal comes to fruition, according to a new study by an economist for the United Nations' trade agency.

(Daily News - 11-10-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders following a meeting on Monday (Nov. 10) in China welcomed "significant progress" in the negotiations and instructed their trade ministers to make concluding a deal a "priority," but steered clear of setting a new target for finishing the talks as they had in previous years.

(Daily News - 11-10-2014)

President Obama on Monday (Nov. 10) said he would continue to make the case to Congress and the American public that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement would bring benefits through more jobs and higher incomes, and called on other TPP leaders to argue in favor of the trade pact in their own countries.

(Daily News - 11-07-2014)

None of the official accounts of a widely anticipated meeting on Friday (Nov. 7) between President Obama and congressional leaders specifically mentioned trade as an area that was discussed, despite professions by Obama and the Republican congressional leaders that international trade is one area in which they could work together following the GOP election victory.

(Daily News - 11-07-2014)

President Obama intends to nominate Treasury Department official Marisa Lago to serve as the next deputy U.S. trade representative, the White House announced on Nov. 7.

(Daily News - 11-07-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) leaders will meet at the U.S. embassy in Beijing on Nov. 10 to review the status of the negotiations and try to lend them additional political impetus, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers during their Oct. 25-27 meeting in Sydney were unable to resolve their differences over the scope of proposed rules on geographical indications (GIs), which the United States, Australia and New Zealand are pushing in a bid to counter the European Union's drive to protect such food names in trade agreements with countries in the TPP region, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this week indicated that he does not expect a "significant breakthrough" in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations during President Obama's trip to Asia that begins this weekend, and that this view is shared by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers at their three-day meeting last month in Sydney failed to resolve a simmering disagreement over how a final deal should discipline agricultural export subsidies, a debate in which the United States is isolated and facing off against major opponents of export subsidies like Australia and New Zealand, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

A senior U.S. trade official on Nov. 5 said Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers convening in Beijing later this week will aim to "narrow differences" on outstanding issues in the talks while leaving others for negotiators to hash out, and held open that the possibility TPP leaders may only meet bilaterally and not as a group.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 11/07/2014 - 11-06-2014)

The United States and Japan made progress during a day of bilateral talks on auto trade that are linked to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but still have a number of tough issues remaining and are slated to resume discussions at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in China, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

(Daily News - 11-05-2014)

A senior U.S. trade official on Wednesday (Nov. 5) said Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers convening in Beijing later this week will aim to "narrow differences" on outstanding issues in the talks while leaving others for negotiators to hash out, and held open that the possibility TPP leaders may only meet bilaterally and not as a group.

(Daily News - 11-05-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers during their Oct. 25-27 meeting in Sydney were unable to resolve their differences over the scope of proposed rules on geographical indications (GIs), which the United States, Australia and New Zealand are pushing in a bid to counter the European Union's drive to protect such food names in trade agreements with countries in the TPP region, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 11-05-2014)

Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade ministers at their three-day meeting last month in Sydney failed to resolve a simmering disagreement over how a final deal should discipline agricultural export subsidies, a debate in which the United States is isolated and facing off against major opponents of export subsidies like Australia and New Zealand, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 11-04-2014)

The United States and Japan made progress during a day of bilateral talks on auto trade that are linked to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but still have a number of tough issues remaining and are slated to resume discussions at the upcoming Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in China, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

(Daily News - 11-04-2014)

American Farm Bureau Federation President Bob Stallman is pointing to the domestic politics in both the European Union and Japan as the greatest hurdles to making progress in the Obama administration's two key trade initiatives, and downplaying the notion that congressional passage of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) or changes in EU leadership would spur progress in either.

(Daily News - 11-03-2014)

White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Monday (Nov. 3) indicated that he does not expect a "significant breakthrough" in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations during President Obama's trip to Asia that begins this weekend, and that this view is shared by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman.

(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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers on 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 reconvene early next month in China.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers on Oct. 27 discussed 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, but failed to resolve their differences, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 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 concluding next year.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

SYDNEY -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers during a three-day meeting here 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

SYDNEY -- New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser this week said 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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/31/2014 - 10-30-2014)

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.