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April 18, 2008

The United States and Korea today (April 18) reached agreement to revise their bilateral beef protocol in a manner that could lead Korea to fully open its market to all U.S. beef from cattle of all ages beginning in mid-May. The opening will take place in two-stages.


(Daily News)
April 17, 2008

Deanna Tanner Okun, whose nomination to be deputy U.S. trade representative overseeing Asia has been bottled up in the Senate Finance Committee since December, faced tough questions from committee Democrats today (April 17).


(Daily News)
March 27, 2008

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME) has placed a hold on the nomination of Deanna Tanner Okun to be Deputy U.S. Trade Representative to press for a tougher implementation of the U.S.-Canada lumber deal aimed at restricting imports, according to sources.


(Daily News)
March 12, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (March 12) announced the Bush administration plans to send the U.S.-Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to the Congress for a vote “very, very soon” after the March congressional recess, even if the Democratic leadership does not support such a move.


(Daily News)
March 11, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez today (March 11) raised the specter of an administration decision to send the bill implementing the Colombia Free Trade Agreement (FTA) to Congress over the objections of the Democratic leadership, but at the same time expressed the hope that there could be an accommodation.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2008

Reacting to assertions by Democratic candidates for the presidency during a Feb. 26 debate in Ohio, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Feb. 27) charged that seeking changes to the North American Free Trade Agreement would endanger U.S. exports to very important markets.


(Daily News)
January 30, 2008

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said yesterday (Jan. 29) that each of the pending free trade agreements which President Bush wants Congress to approve this year faces a particular problem, and expressed doubt whether any of them will pass in this Congress in that time frame.


(Daily News)
January 29, 2008

World Trade Organization Director General Pascal Lamy this week is seeking to define the scope of the ministerial negotiations in the Doha round later this spring that will seek to reach a modalities agreement on how to negotiate the reduction of agricultural tariffs and subsidies as well as barriers to manufactured goods, according to


(Daily News)
January 15, 2008

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Jan. 15) attacked some non-governmental organizations (NGOs) for advising developing countries to protect their markets and “fledgling industries” in international trade negotiations.


(Daily News)
January 14, 2008

U.S. and Malaysian officials are scheduled to meet this week in Kuala Lumpur to discuss issues surrounding their bilateral free trade agreement, according to a U.S. trade official. He declined to characterize the meeting as a negotiating round, but said completing the U.S.-Malaysian FTA remains on the agenda this year.


(Daily News)
December 18, 2007

A U.S. trade official said today (Dec. 18) that the U.S. is exploring negotiating a trade accord with Singapore, Brunei, New Zealand and Chile as a possible building block toward a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). Another source said exploratory talks with those countries began two months ago.


(Daily News)
December 17, 2007

The U.S. and European Union formally agreed today (Dec. 17) on a compensation package that would commit the U.S. under the World Trade Organization to bind increased levels of market access in four services sectors in order to offset the trade losses that stem from the U.S. decision earlier this year to withdraw commitments on gambling from its WTO services schedule.


(Daily News)
December 04, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab today (Dec. 4) blamed Brazil, India and China for lack of progress in the Doha round in a speech to the President' Export Council, which formally called for bilateral investment treaties (BITs) with those countries as well as Russia.


(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).


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