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USTR

(Daily News)
March 02, 2007

Colombia Trade Minister Luis Guillermo Plata today (March 2) said he expects to hear from U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab within weeks what additional obligations she is proposing in an effort to garner more support for the U.S.-Colombia free trade agreement in Congress.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab met with South Korean Trade Minister Kim Hyun-chong yesterday (Feb. 26) in Washington to discuss aspects of free trade negotiations between the two countries, including autos and agriculture.


(Daily News)
February 20, 2007

The United States and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have in the short term dropped their efforts to negotiate a bilateral free trade agreement because of a failure to bridge their fundamental differences on the substance and scope of a potential investment chapter, according to U.S. trade officials.


(Daily News)
February 16, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week told the Senate Finance Committee that Russia is not willing to make the necessary concessions to advance the multilateral negotiations for its entry into the World Trade Organization.


(Daily News)
February 14, 2007

U.S. and South Korean negotiators have agreed to hold another full round of negotiations for a bilateral free trade agreement after this week’s seventh round yielded “no major breakthrough” on outstanding issues, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Korea, Japan and APEC Wendy Cutler announced today (Feb. 14).


(Daily News)
February 13, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week signaled that she expects to work out an arrangement on additional labor obligations for pending free trade agreements which could lead to action on the pending Peru FTA.


(Daily News)
February 12, 2007

Kicking off the seventh round of negotiations with Korea for a bilateral free trade agreement, chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Cutler said on Feb. 11 she hopes to make sufficient progress this week to allow a conclusion by late March or early April.


(Daily News)
February 02, 2007

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia today (Feb. 2) said Korea must agree to negotiate all aspects of the bilateral free trade agreement in order for the two sides to reach a deal.


(Daily News)
January 22, 2007

South Korea and the U.S. will hold a number of high-level contacts before the next scheduled round in February after making “no breakthroughs” last week in the sixth round of talks held in Korea, Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Korea, Japan and APEC Wendy Cutler told reporters today (Jan. 22).


(Daily News)
January 17, 2007

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charles Rangel (D-NY) today said he has not been notified directly by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative of its intent to strengthen the labor provisions in the bilateral free trade agreements it has negotiated with Peru, Colombia and Panama.


(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.


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