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USTR

(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.


(Daily News)
March 21, 2007

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Karan Bhatia said yesterday (March 20) that there is “always the possibility” that the U.S.-South Korea free trade agreement will not be concluded by March 31, but said he will travel to Korea next week in an effort to finalize the agreement.


(Daily News)
March 16, 2007

The U.S. and Vietnam are hoping to launch talks for a trade and investment framework agreement (TIFA), officials from both countries said today (March 16). U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem were scheduled to meet late today to discuss a possible TIFA, and Vietnamese officials said they expected Khiem would also press Schwab to help Vietnam become eligible for preferences under the U.S. Generalized System of Preferences (GSP).


(Daily News)
March 13, 2007

The U.S. and Korea have yet to reach an agreement in several key areas in negotiations for a free trade agreement, even though the two countries are near the conclusion of the eighth and final formal negotiating round, according to the U.S. chief negotiator with Korea.


(Daily News)
March 02, 2007

U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab will meet with her counterparts from the European Union, Brazil and India starting this weekend to discuss the status of the Doha round negotiations, according to a USTR spokesman.


(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.


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