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Froman: U.S.-Japan Deal Not Needed To Advance Canada Ag, Rules Issues

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (July 1) made clear he does not view the lack of a bilateral market access deal with Japan as an obstacle to making progress on the other outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which he identified as those relating to agricultural market access with Canada, intellectual property (IP), investment and state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

EU Will Aim To Tackle Services, NTBs With Proposal At Next EGA Round

The European Union is planning to present a proposal at the July round of talks for the Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) that aims to ensure a final deal not only cuts tariffs on green products but also lays the groundwork for a “living agreement” that could be expanded in the future to tackle issues like services and non-tariff barriers (NTBs), according to Geneva sources.

Obama-Rousseff Yields Procedural Agreement On Standards, ATEC Resumption

President Obama and Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff this week announced new efforts to facilitate trade by increasing cooperation on standards-setting and international accreditation arrangements, and to hold a government-to-government meeting under the bilateral Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation (ATEC) before the end of the year.

Obama Steps Into Ex-Im Reauthorization Fight As Charter Expires

The Obama administration is beginning to ramp up its efforts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank with the president personally getting involved this week in the fight for the institution whose charter expired at the end of the day Tuesday (June 30) for the first time in its 81-year history.

Canadian Opposition Leader Presses PM To Protect Supply Management In TPP

In a sign that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is becoming an election issue in Canada, the leader of the country's official opposition party is directly criticizing Prime Minister Stephen Harper for not taking a firm enough stance to protect Canada's supply management system in the talks.

U.S. OKs Brazilian Beef On Eve Of Summit; Other Trade Outcomes Seen As Unlikely

Ahead of a visit by Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to Washington this week, the Obama administration took the first step toward reopening the U.S. market to imports of fresh beef from Brazil, in a move that the U.S. beef industry and food-safety advocates blasted as aimed at scoring political points ahead of the presidential summit.

World Trade Organization

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  • World Trade Organization members who are participating in negotiations to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) have tentatively scheduled a new round of talks for the week of July 13, but whether it will take place hinges on whether South Korea and China can show any willingness to break the current stalemate.

  • The House late Wednesday (June 10) voted 300-131 to repeal mandatory country-of-origin labeling (COOL) for beef, pork and poultry amid threats by Canada and Mexico that they will impose billions of dollars in trade retaliation unless the labeling regime is killed, but the path forward for the repeal bill in the Senate still appears unclear.

Around the World

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  • The Obama administration is beginning to ramp up its efforts to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank with the president personally getting involved this week in the fight for the institution whose charter expired at the end of the day Tuesday (June 30) for the first time in its 81-year history.

  • President Obama on Monday afternoon (June 29) signed into law a bill renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), along with legislation reauthorizing Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) and U.S. trade preference programs, starting the clock for the administration to take certain actions required under both bills.

FTA Central

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  • U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Wednesday (July 1) made clear he does not view the lack of a bilateral market access deal with Japan as an obstacle to making progress on the other outstanding issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which he identified as those relating to agricultural market access with Canada, intellectual property (IP), investment and state-owned enterprises (SOEs).

  • After weeks of delay, the European Parliament will vote on a resolution outlining its priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations at a plenary session in Strasbourg, France, on Wednesday (July 8) after lawmakers reached a deal on language dealing with investment protections on July 1.