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USTR

(Daily News)
January 17, 2007

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative John Veroneau today (Jan. 17) signaled the U.S. is willing to renegotiate the labor chapters of free-trade agreements with Peru, Colombia and Panama in order to get them approved by the Congress now controlled by Democrats.


(Daily News)
January 08, 2007

SALT LAKE CITY -- U.S. Chief Agriculture Negotiator Richard Crowder yesterday (Jan. 7) said that the extension of fast-track negotiating authority is a top priority for the Administration in order to conclude additional bilateral agreements and for wrapping up the Doha round of trade talks this year.


(Daily News)
November 08, 2006

The U.S. and Russia are expected to close bilateral talks on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization next week after reaching a deal that will allow U.S. beef exports to be shipped to Russia. The two sides also appear to have reached an agreement related to Russian barriers to pork exports, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
October 27, 2006

Vietnam has asked USTR to clarify the mechanism it told senators from textile states it would use to initiate antidumping investigations on apparel imports from Vietnam, a Vietnamese government official said today (Oct. 27).


(Daily News)
September 11, 2006

Wendy Cutler, U.S. chief negotiator, today (Sept. 11) expressed disappointment with Korea’s unwillingness to make tariff concessions requested by the United States in the latest round of bilateral free trade agreement negotiations, particularly on agriculture. In contrast, she pointed out, the United States had improved its initial tariff offer with respect to textiles and industrial goods.


(Daily News)
September 01, 2006

The U.S. today (Sept. 1) blocked a request by Brazil for a World Trade Organization panel to consider whether the U.S. has complied with earlier rulings against its cotton subsidies.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2006

The Doha round of World Trade Organization talks was suspended indefinitely by WTO Director General Pascal Lamy today (July 24) after members failed once again to make any progress in bridging gaps on farm subsidies and agricultural market access. Members made no plans to meet again, and U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab acknowledged it would not be possible to submit a deal to Congress under the current trade promotion authority law, which expires next summer.


(Daily News)
July 17, 2006

Trade ministers from the U.S. and five other World Trade Organization members have agreed at a meeting today (July 17) to gather again twice this month in Geneva in an effort to push the struggling WTO talks forward. The new meetings were agreed following the G-8 summit in St. Petersburg, where World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy warned that the talks were on the edge of failure.


(Daily News)
July 11, 2006

Oman’s government issued a royal decree on July 7 that a U.S. trade official described as significantly reforming that country’s labor laws, which have been criticized as too weak by House Democrats in advance of a floor vote on the U.S.-Oman FTA that is expected this month. The U.S. trade official said the royal decree shows Oman is serious about protecting labor rights and predicted the FTA would be approved by a “strong vote” in the House.


(Daily News)
July 07, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this morning (July 7) insisted the only Doha deal the U.S. will accept is an ambitious one, and stressed that this requires a definition of how sensitive agriculture products will be treated so that members will know exactly how much market access they are to get. Schwab acknowledged the failure of ministers to make any progress last weekend in Geneva, but insisted it is still possible to conclude the Doha round before the expiration of U.S. fast-track authority next summer.


(Daily News)
June 28, 2006

On the eve of leaving for Geneva negotiations, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns conveyed the strong message that they will not accept a deal that does not offset cuts in domestic farm subsidies with substantial market access gains.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2006

Mexican Minister of the Economy Sergio Garcia de Alba late last week signaled to U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab that he is cool to a U.S. proposal for a short-term bilateral deal that would match access for Mexican sugar exports in the U.S. with access for U.S. exports of high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) in Mexico.


(Daily News)
June 16, 2006

The first negotiating round for a free trade agreement between the U.S. and Malaysia this week saw the U.S. side stress the importance of market access for U.S. autos, while Malaysia made it clear that it wants more market access for its textiles and apparel, according to a U.S. trade official.


(Daily News)
June 09, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab emphasized today (June 9) that the existing U.S. offer in the agriculture negotiations of the Doha round is conditional and could be improved or scaled back depending on trading partners’ willingness to make new concessions.


(Daily News)
June 09, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (June 9) said it is her understanding that incoming Peruvian President Alan Garcia will not seek to renegotiate the country’s free trade agreement with the United States.


(Daily News)
June 05, 2006

Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) signaled early this week that he is in no rush to lift a hold on Susan Schwab, President Bush's nominee for the position of U.S. Trade Representative, and Senate GOP leaders as a result are considering their options on how to move forward with her Senate confirmation.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2006

The U.S. and Vietnam this weekend announced the conclusion of a bilateral market access agreement in principle that would lift existing textile and apparel quotas upon the country’s entry into the World Trade Organization.


(Daily News)
May 08, 2006

The Senate Finance Committee is expected to hold a hearing next week on President Bush’s nomination of Susan Schwab to succeed U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman, but a Senate aide said it is unclear whether this would allow the full Senate to confirm Schwab before the Memorial Day recess, which begins on May 26.


(Daily News)
April 25, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman today (April 25) said he would travel to Geneva early next week to meet with trading partners on the stalled World Trade Organization talks, despite the decision announced yesterday by WTO Director General Pascal Lamy not to hold a ministers meeting.


(Daily News)
April 18, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman is leaving USTR to become director of the Office of Management and Budget, President Bush announced this morning. Bush also announced that Deputy USTR Susan Schwab will become the next USTR and called on Congress to confirm both nominees swiftly.


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