Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 04-23-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, upon arriving in Tokyo with President Obama today (April 23), called on Japan to make a bold move to open its economy under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) or risk steering the negotiations down the wrong path, ramping up pressure on Japan to make concessions in bilateral market access talks.

(Daily News - 04-21-2014)

A senior Obama administration official has all but ruled out the possibility that this week's meeting between President Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo will produce a breakthrough in the bilateral negotiations on agriculture and autos under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

(Daily News - 04-18-2014)

Updated: Senior U.S. agricultural trade officials are embarking next week on a previously unplanned visit to Japan in what appears to be part of a push for a breakthrough in bilateral talks on agricultural market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ahead of meeting between U.S. and Japanese leaders.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

Five U.S. meat and poultry groups this week applauded President Obama for taking a "strong stance" in Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks with Japan and not giving in to Tokyo's demands to protect sensitive items.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

U.S. and Japanese trade officials are scrambling to make progress on their bilateral negotiations on agriculture and autos under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ahead of next week's visit by President Obama to Tokyo, but business representatives and Washington observers say it is uncertain whether the leaders will announce a breakthrough or simply make general claims of progress.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will 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 a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

A Commerce Department official last week provided new details about the U.S. textile and apparel offer to Vietnam in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, and acknowledged that TPP countries are still haggling over the terms of a short-supply list containing textile inputs that could be sourced from outside the region to make apparel that would qualify for tariff benefits.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) is pressing U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to ensure that the U.S. titanium market is protected in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations through a strong rule of origin and by avoiding a quick tariff phaseout.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

South Korea will kick off a second round of bilateral consultations on its possible entry into the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade initiative in meetings this week with officials in Singapore and Malaysia, Seoul's Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy announced on April 15.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 04/18/2014 - 04-17-2014)

The extent to which Japan opens its market for sensitive farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will have a direct impact on how much agricultural market access the European Union offers the United States in a separate trans-Atlantic trade deal, a U.S. agricultural trade consultant said last week.

(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.