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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.

Obama Signs TPA, TAA-Preferences Bills, Starting Clock On Implementation

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.

INTA Fails To Reach Deal On ISDS, Reports 113 Amendments To Plenary

The European Parliament's International Trade (INTA) Committee on Monday (June 29) failed to reach an agreement on investment protection language in a resolution outlining its priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but completed a procedural step to allow the resolution to move forward.

Japanese Business Rep Says TPA Will 'Speed Up' Talks Toward U.S.-Japan Deal

The head of Japan's largest business federation on Monday (June 29) said he expects the enactment of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) by President Obama to accelerate negotiations toward a U.S.-Japan bilateral agreement that will help bring the full Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks to a conclusion.

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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  • 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.

  • The European Parliament's International Trade (INTA) Committee on Monday (June 29) failed to reach an agreement on investment protection language in a resolution outlining its priorities for the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), but completed a procedural step to allow the resolution to move forward.