Friday, October 24, 2014
Trans-Pacific Partnership

(Daily News - 10-24-2014)

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.

(Daily News - 10-24-2014)

SYDNEY -- A three-day Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial is set to kick off here on Saturday (Oct. 25) with a series of bilateral and plenary meetings, but the United States and Japan have not yet scheduled a bilateral session between their ministers, Japanese TPP minister Akira Amari told reporters.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- U.S. brand-name drug companies are taking the position that they will only support a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes a time-based transition period for implementing intellectual property (IP) obligations rather than one linked to development indicators, but are willing to be flexible on their demand for 12 years of data exclusivity for biologic drugs, according to industry sources.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are considering language in the intellectual property (IP) chapter that would go a long way toward meeting a key U.S. industry demand that countries provide criminal penalties for the theft of trade secrets, but in a way that gives countries some flexibility in how they implement those remedies.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Canada has proposed an exception in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would allow it to maintain its current legal regime for internet service providers (ISPs) to address online copyright infringement, even though that system falls short of the requirements the United States is seeking in the TPP, according to informed sources here.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee, is traveling to Sydney this week to check on the state-of-play of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), his office announced on Oct. 21.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- As a new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations kicked off here, Australian opposition lawmakers critical of the deal announced plans to ramp up their efforts to build resistance to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues like investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Officials for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) identified at least two major defensive interests in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in advance of a round that took place here this week: keeping in place quotas for Australian content on television and radio, as well as maintaining the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that subsidizes medicines for Australians.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

Ahead of a high-level meeting with the United States and other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) counterparts in Australia, Canadian Trade Minister Ed Fast reiterated his government's strong criticism of U.S. "Buy America" public procurement policies and blasted pending legislation to expand their scope.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- Ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks here, Australian trade officials drove home the point to domestic business representatives that the final deal will be truly plurilateral in terms of market access, raising hopes among industry groups that Japan will extend the same tariff concessions it grants to the United States to all other TPP countries.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

In advance of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) meetings in Australia, 40 U.S. and international trade associations representing a range of industries urged trade ministers and chief negotiators to include meaningful provisions on cross-border data flows in TPP that will drive the digital economy.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

Thirteen major U.S. environmental groups this week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to fight for a strong environment chapter in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) even as he faces opposition from trading partners.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

A coalition of U.S. business and farm organizations this week made their latest attempt to defeat U.S. government efforts in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) to give special protection to tobacco control measures.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

With the support of the Mexican beef producers, the Five Nations Beef Alliance (FNBA) has called on leaders of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) nations to pursue an ambitious agreement for beef in terms of tariff cuts as well impediments caused by non-scientific regulations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/24/2014 - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- The United States and Japan resumed bilateral talks on agricultural market access on the sidelines of the informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round here, in line with a plan announced last week by Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler.

(Daily News - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- In advance of an Oct. 25-27 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial meeting, U.S. trade officials this week touted to Congress an article by U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman in which he signals that U.S. trading partners are unlikely to put their best offers on the negotiating table unless Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is in place.

(Daily News - 10-23-2014)

CANBERRA -- U.S. brand-name drug companies are taking the position that they will only support a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement that includes a time-based transition period for implementing intellectual property (IP) obligations rather than one linked to development indicators, but are willing to be flexible on their demand for 12 years of data exclusivity for biologic drugs, according to industry sources.

(Daily News - 10-22-2014)

CANBERRA -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are considering language in the intellectual property (IP) chapter that would go a long way toward meeting a key U.S. industry demand that countries provide criminal penalties for the theft of trade secrets, but in a way that gives countries some flexibility in how they implement those remedies.

(Daily News - 10-22-2014)

CANBERRA – Canada has proposed an exception in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would allow it to maintain its current legal regime for internet service providers (ISPs) to address online copyright infringement, even though that system falls short of the requirements the United States is seeking in the TPP, according to informed sources here.

(Daily News - 10-22-2014)

CANBERRA – The United States and Japan have resumed bilateral talks on agricultural market access on the sidelines of the informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round taking place here, in line with a plan announced last week by Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler.

(Daily News - 10-21-2014)

Rep. Sander Levin (D-MI), the ranking member on the House Ways & Means Committee, is traveling to Sydney this week to check on the state-of-play of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), his office announced on Oct. 21.

(Daily News - 10-21-2014)

CANBERRA -- Officials for Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs (DFAT) have identified at least two major defensive interests in the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations in advance of the latest round taking place here: keeping in place quotas for Australian content on television and radio as well as maintaining the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) that subsidizes medicines for Australians.

(Daily News - 10-21-2014)

CANBERRA – Ahead of the latest round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks underway here, Australian trade officials drove home the point to domestic business representatives that the final deal will be truly plurilateral in terms of market access, raising hopes among industry groups that Japan will extend the same tariff concessions it grants to the United States to all other TPP countries.

(Daily News - 10-20-2014)

CANBERRA – As a new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations kicked off here, Australian opposition lawmakers critical of the deal announced plans to ramp up their efforts to build opposition to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues such as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

President Obama on Oct. 14 pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call to show more flexibility in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, delivering at the highest level the longstanding U.S. message that Tokyo needs to be "bold" in the talks in order to deliver on Abe's vision for reforming Japan's economy.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

A four-day meeting of U.S. and Japanese negotiators in Tokyo under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended on Oct. 15 without a bilateral deal, though Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said the two sides made progress despite not resolving the tough issues of agricultural market access and auto trade.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

Mexico's top trade official made clear this week that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties are unlikely to make major progress at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Sydney unless the United States and Japan can show they have reached a breakthrough in ongoing bilateral market access negotiations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

A purported draft of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiating text on intellectual property (IP) leaked this week shows that the United States has backed off some of its demands on copyright protection and patentability that faced serious opposition from other countries, and also reveals new details about the transition periods being discussed for countries to comply with pharmaceutical IP obligations.

(Inside U.S. Trade - 10/17/2014 - 10-16-2014)

An informal round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks taking place in Canberra next week and an Oct. 25-27 ministerial meeting slated to follow it in Sydney appear unlikely to yield major progress in the negotiations as there is no sign that the United States and Japan are any closer to resolving their differences on agriculture and autos, according to government officials and observers following the negotiations.

(Daily News - 10-15-2014)

President Obama on Tuesday (Oct. 14) pressed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in a phone call to show more flexibility in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, delivering at the highest level the longstanding U.S. message that Tokyo needs to be "bold" in the talks in order to deliver on Abe's vision for reforming Japan's economy.