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Robb Says U.S. Has Made Offer On Sugar; Two Sides Looking At Options

LAHAINA, Hawaii – After years of holding back, the United States has finally made an initial offer to Australia to provide additional access for Australian sugar under a Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement, and the two sides are now engaged in a negotiation to try and bridge the gaps between their positions, Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb said here Wednesday (July 29).

Customs Negotiations Aim At Avoiding Floor Debate; MTB One Hang-Up

Trade staffers for the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees are aiming to hash out their differences on the pending customs and enforcement bill prior to the initiation of formal conference proceedings in order to avoid triggering a debate on the legislation on the House floor, according to congressional sources.

Senate Attaches Ex-Im To Highway Bill, But Fate In House Still Uncertain

Supporters of the Export-Import Bank are cheering the 64-29 vote in the Senate attaching an amendment reauthorizing bank to a pending highway bill, even though it's unclear whether the House will actually take up the entire legislative package before the August recess.

Taiwan Caves, Says It Will Accept ITA Deal Without Flat-Panel Displays

Taiwan on Monday (July 27) said it will accept the tentative deal expanding the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), dropping its demands to have flat-panel displays included in the deal.

State Trafficking Report Upgrades Malaysia, Removing Roadblock For TPP

The State Department has removed Malaysia from its annually updated blacklist of countries that most egregiously fail to combat human trafficking, smoothing the process for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite an outcry from human rights advocates in Washington and Kuala Lumpur.

TPP Chiefs Meeting Formally Kicks Off; U.S., Japan Hold Agriculture Talks

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) chief negotiators formally kicked off their meeting here on Friday (July 24) afternoon, after holding several days of bilateral talks with each other and huddling with their negotiating teams.

World Trade Organization

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  • Taiwan on Monday (July 27) said it will accept the tentative deal expanding the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), dropping its demands to have flat-panel displays included in the deal.

  • The World Trade Organization has delayed a previously scheduled July 24 meeting of the Trade Negotiations Committee (TNC) by one week until July 31, giving WTO members more time to strike a last-minute deal on a work program to complete the Doha round, even though chances for a breakthrough appear slim at best.

Around the World

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  • Trade staffers for the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees are aiming to hash out their differences on the pending customs and enforcement bill prior to the initiation of formal conference proceedings in order to avoid triggering a debate on the legislation on the House floor, according to congressional sources.

  • Supporters of the Export-Import Bank are cheering the 64-29 vote in the Senate attaching an amendment reauthorizing bank to a pending highway bill, even though it's unclear whether the House will actually take up the entire legislative package before the August recess.

FTA Central

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  • LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Australia is refusing to move off defensive positions in the intellectual property (IP) and investment chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as it remains embroiled in fight with the United States over its demands for new access for its sugar and dairy exports to the U.S. market.

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Australia is refusing to move off defensive positions in the intellectual property (IP) and investment chapters of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), as it remains embroiled in fight with the United States over its demands for new access for its sugar and dairy exports to the U.S. market.