Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 08-22-2014)

One of the key objectives of the Sept. 1-10 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Hanoi will be to make progress on the final outstanding issues in the chapters on sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) measures, labor rights, technical barriers to trade (TBT), and services, according to a Chilean government official.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/22/2014 - 08-21-2014)

The informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Hanoi next month will include discussions on four issues that countries have consistently identified as the most difficult ones in the negotiations: market access, intellectual property (IP), environment, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to the Vietnamese government.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/22/2014 - 08-21-2014)

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) last week offered a hint that Japan's current market access offer in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) does not eliminate its complex tariff system for pork known as the "gate price," while reiterating its demand that the system be abolished and that Japan eliminate all other duties facing U.S. pork exports.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/22/2014 - 08-21-2014)

New Zealand's national elections slated for Sept. 20 are not likely to impose major constraints on the country's negotiators at a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meeting in Vietnam in early September, but could have an impact on the TPP talks going forward if the ruling coalition of Prime Minister John Key fails to hold on to power -- a scenario that New Zealand political observers say is considered unlikely but still possible.

(Daily News - 08-20-2014)

The upcoming informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating round in Hanoi will include discussions on four issues that countries have consistently identified as the most difficult ones in the negotiations: market access, intellectual property (IP), environment, and state-owned enterprises (SOEs), according to the Vietnamese government.

(Daily News - 08-18-2014)

The U.S. and Canadian governments have confirmed that the next Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators' meeting will take place Sept. 1-10 in Hanoi, as previously reported by Inside U.S. Trade.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/15/2014 - 08-14-2014)

The Taiwanese government is in the beginning stages of trying to create a patent linkage system for marketing approval of pharmaceuticals and will establish a task force on the issue as part of an administration-wide effort to ready itself for eventual accession to a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/08/2014 - 08-07-2014)

As Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks on state-owned enterprises (SOEs) have entered a more advanced phase in which countries are actively discussing carveouts to the rules, business sources say what will likely emerge is a mix of both company-specific exceptions and broader exemptions for categories of SOEs based on their function.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/08/2014 - 08-07-2014)

The United States and Japan claimed they made progress during two days of bilateral negotiations on agricultural market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with a senior Japanese negotiator saying the talks have entered a new, more difficult phase in which the two sides are beginning to assess what concessions they can make.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/08/2014 - 08-07-2014)

National Foreign Trade Council President Bill Reinsch said last week that the Obama administration may be able to overcome demands by some House Republicans that Congress pass Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) before concluding a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal, or even an agreement in principle, if it can bring home an agreement that provides enough concrete benefits that lawmakers are unable to pass it up.

(Daily News - 08-06-2014)

The United States and Japan claimed they made progress during two days of bilateral negotiations on agricultural market access under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), with a senior Japanese negotiator saying the talks have entered a new, more difficult phase in which the two sides are beginning to assess what concessions they can make.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

A confidential Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating document obtained by Inside U.S. Trade sheds new light on the extent of disagreement that remains over controversial provisions on intellectual property (IP) protection for pharmaceuticals, roughly three months ahead of a November target for producing a substantial outcome in the talks.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

The South Korean government has taken steps to resolve all four key bilateral trade irritants flagged by U.S. officials as determining factors in whether the United States would eventually be willing to support a future bid by Seoul to join the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), according to official and private-sector sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will hold the next meeting of their chief negotiators in Hanoi from Sept. 1-10, according to informed sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

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.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week publicly made clear for the first time that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will not include any new commitments for U.S. state or local authorities to open up government procurement to foreign suppliers of goods and services.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

Nearly one third of House lawmakers warned President Obama in a July 30 letter that they will not support a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal if Japan and other negotiating countries do not improve their market access offers.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 08/01/2014 - 07-31-2014)

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman last 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.

(Daily News - 07-31-2014)

Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries will hold the next meeting of their chief negotiators in Hanoi from Sept. 1-10, according to informed sources.

(Daily News - 07-31-2014)

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative yesterday (July 30) publicly made clear for the first time that a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal will not include any new commitments for U.S. state or local authorities to open up government procurement to foreign suppliers of goods and services.

(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.