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(Daily News)
December 18, 2008

President-elect Obama is expected to announce his selection of Ron Kirk, a former Dallas mayor who has limited direct experience handling trade issues, for the position of U.S. trade representative tomorrow (Dec. 19), according to private-sector sources. Kirk served as Texas chairman of Obama's presidential campaign.


(Daily News)
December 02, 2008

House Assistant to the Speaker Xavier Becerra (D-CA) is under consideration to be U.S. Trade Representative under the administration of President-elect Barack Obama, according to informed sources. But a Becerra spokeswoman signaled Becerra is not focused on a move to the administration.


(Daily News)
October 01, 2008

The United States and other signatories of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) have agreed that Costa Rica will have until Dec. 31 to pass legislation needed to implement the trade deal, according to Costa Rican sources. This is roughly a three-month extension from an Oct. 1 deadline.


(Daily News)
September 30, 2008

Senate Finance Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-IA) is coming under strong pressure from the Bush administration and business groups to follow the lead of the House, which this week passed a one-year extension of the Andean Trade Promotion and Drug Eradication Act (ATPDEA) and the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) programs, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
September 23, 2008

NEW YORK -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab yesterday (Sept. 22) announced the Bush administration has decided to launch negotiations for a “comprehensive” free trade area with the “P4” group of Asia-Pacific countries, which would involve new free-trade agreements with New Zealand and Brunei.


(Daily News)
August 28, 2008

Granting Vietnam trade benefits under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) has received overwhelming support from U.S. industry groups, with only U.S. plastic bag producers outright opposing benefits, according to public comments submitted to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


(Daily News)
August 20, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (Aug. 20) that she supports a gathering of senior officials from a small group of countries in September to explore the possibility of restarting the Doha round negotiations.


(Daily News)
July 30, 2008

GENEVA -- The United States and India today (July 30) publicly traded accusations over who is to blame for the failure of the Doha round ministerial yesterday, which collapsed when a group of seven trading partners could not find common ground on a special safeguard mechanism (SSM) for developing countries.


(Daily News)
July 30, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab suggested today (July 30) in the aftermath of this week's collapse of the Doha round that countries should consider advancing the less controversial elements of the negotiations given that negotiators have been struggling hard to reach an agreement on an overall deal.


(Daily News)
July 29, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab early this evening local time made clear that ministers representing seven major trading partners have failed to reach a compromise on the special safeguard mechanism (SSM) despite almost two full days of negotiations.


(Daily News)
July 29, 2008

GENEVA -- In the wake of the collapsed ministerial, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said that the U.S. will “stand by” its current offers to ensure that the advances made this week in the Doha round negotiations are not lost.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- The U.S. today (July 28) accused India and China of threatening the success of the ministerial by demanding key changes to a draft modalities agreement on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) developed late last week.


(Daily News)
July 28, 2008

GENEVA -- A small group meeting of seven trading partners seeking to narrow differences on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) in the Doha round showed signs of stalemate in the early evening of July 28 local time.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- Senior Indian government officials yesterday (July 26) offered a low-key response to an offer of further consultations on the temporary movement of professionals by U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab at a services signaling conference.


(Daily News)
July 27, 2008

GENEVA -- The U.S. government is engaged in bilateral efforts with key trading partners to improve the market access gains on agricultural and industrial products it could expect under a July 25 draft outline of key modalities elements, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2008

GENEVA -- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab this week pressed to have developed countries exempt from formula tariff cuts to the maximum number of agricultural tariff lines allowed for sensitive products in the July 10 agriculture draft modalities text, according to Geneva sources.


(Daily News)
July 24, 2008

GENEVA - If Brazil and India prevail in their demands for significantly deeper cuts in U.S. overall trade-distorting subsidies (OTDS), it could put European Union negotiators at risk of violating their negotiating mandate by forcing them to make deeper cuts as well, according to agriculture sources.


(Daily News)
July 22, 2008

GENEVA- U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced this afternoon (July 22) that the United States is prepared to cut its overall trade distorting subsidies (OTDS) to $15 billion, provided other countries will offer significant market access in agriculture and on non-agricultural market access (NAMA) and agree not to challenge U.S. farm programs in the World Trade Organization.


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