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(Daily News)
November 27, 2007

The Senate is expected to pass the U.S.-Peru Free Trade Agreement next week, a Bush Administration official said today (Nov. 27).


(Daily News)
November 05, 2007

United States Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Nov. 5) called on the congressional Democratic leadership to schedule a vote on the pending Colombia free trade agreement as soon as possible after passage of the agreement with Peru, in part to pressure wavering Democrats to come out in favor of the pact.


(Daily News)
October 29, 2007

Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay have agreed to a proposal for the non-agricultural market access (NAMA) talks of the Doha round, according to which the customs union Mercosur could exempt one and half times more tariffs from formula cuts than proposed by the chairman of the negotiations, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

The United States, the European Union and six other trading partners will begin negotiating a new Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) to provide a stronger international legal framework to protect intellectual property rights than the World Trade Organization, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab announced today (Oct. 23).


(Daily News)
October 23, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Oct. 23) said that the Bush Administration has “serious concerns” about the House Democrats' bill to expand and extend Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA), which the Ways and Means Committee plans to mark up tomorrow.


(Daily News)
October 05, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Indian Commerce Minister Kamal Nath have asked a private sector advisory group to the bilateral Trade Policy Forum (TPF) to lay out a blueprint of trade policy objectives over the next two to five years.


(Daily News)
September 17, 2007

Panama should not have to pass additional legislation or decrees in order for the U.S.-Panama free trade agreement to be considered by the U.S. Congress, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (Sept. 17).


(Daily News)
September 11, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said Sept. 10 that it will be more apparent in a matter of weeks


(Daily News)
July 25, 2007

Deputy USTR Karan Bhatia this week said that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement has led several “significant” U.S. trading partners in Asia to notify USTR that the deal will “likely force them to look seriously at entering into similar agreements with the United States, and undertaking the kinds of reforms that the FTA requires.”


(Daily News)
June 21, 2007

Talks between trade ministers of the so-called G4 group of countries designed to produce a breakthrough in the Doha round of World Trade Organization talks collapsed mid-day Thursday (June 21), which the U.S. and the EU blamed on the unwillingness of India and Brazil to agree to granting greater market access for industrial goods.


(Daily News)
June 19, 2007

Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Japan, Korea and APEC Wendy Cutler plans to meet in Seoul with Korean officials on June 21-22 to discuss changes to the bilateral free trade agreement, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
June 12, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said today (June 12) that the parties involved in drafting a new template for free trade agreements are “very close to getting the text done.” She implied that the issues remaining are technical legal issues when she said “you know how lawyers are.”


(Daily News)
June 11, 2007

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and House Ways and Means Trade Subcommittee Chairman Sander Levin (D-MI) today (June 11) differed sharply over whether a provision in the U.S.-Korea free trade agreement on outward processing zones conforms to the May 10 trade framework the Bush Administration negotiated with the Democratic Congress.


(Daily News)
May 15, 2007

House Ways and Means Ranking Member Jim McCrery (R-LA) this week said it is his preference and that of U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab that the new obligations for free trade agreements announced last week not lead to a reopening of the Peru FTA. He acknowledged that this would require convincing Democrats of the merits of this approach.


(Daily News)
April 24, 2007

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has provided the full U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement to cleared advisors and members of Congress, according to USTR spokesman Stephen Norton.


(Daily News)
April 13, 2007

Restrictions on satellite capacity and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) services are two new areas of communications barriers that are included in USTR’s annual 1377 review released on April 10. The report identifies barriers facing U.S. telecommunications service and equipments suppliers in foreign countries.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2007

The United States and Korea have concluded a free trade agreement that Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia today (April 2) announced does not include any additional access for rice, and leaves unresolved whether Korea will allow the imports of U.S. both bone-in and bone-less beef regardless of the age of the cattle.


(Daily News)
April 02, 2007

The automotive provisions of the newly concluded U.S. and Korea free trade agreement would phase out the U.S. tariff for certain cars immediately and the 25 percent truck tariff over 10 years without establishing any specific market access targets, Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia indicated in an April 2 press conference.


(Daily News)
March 30, 2007

A free trade agreement negotiated between the U.S. and Panama can still be changed over the next 30 days up to the deadline when U.S. industry advisors have to complete their assessment of the deal, according to a spokesman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.


(Daily News)
March 29, 2007

Of the Democratic trade principles unveiled this week, the most difficult to accept for the Bush Administration appears to be the demand that the U.S. implement International Labor Organization standards in its “domestic laws and practices, ” and that these standards be subject to the same dispute settlement provisions as commercial obligations, according to informed sources.


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