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(Daily News)
April 04, 2006

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman said today a weekend meeting between trade ministers on the Doha round in Brazil did not make a major step towards reaching an April 30 deadline for an agreement on formulas for cutting tariffs in agriculture and industrial goods and for domestic agriculture subsidies.


(Daily News)
April 03, 2006

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Bill Thomas (R-CA) today (April 3) called on the Bush Administration to acknowledge that the ongoing Doha round of trade negotiations is completely stalled over European intransigence, and refocus its energies on completing negotiations for free trade agreements already launched before fast-track negotiating authority expires in July 2007.


(Daily News)
March 24, 2006

A U.S. trade official said this week that the free trade agreement the U.S. has negotiated with Peru may be signed as early as next month.


(Daily News)
February 28, 2006

The office of the U.S. Trade Representative is likely to announce the launch of free trade negotiations with Malaysia next week, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
February 27, 2006

The bilateral free trade agreement negotiated by the U.S. and Colombia on Feb. 27 would triple existing sugar access for Colombia in the first year of implementation by adding 50,000 metric tons to the 25,000 tons Colombia already receives under the global-tariff rate quota the United States negotiated in the World Trade Organization.


(Daily News)
February 21, 2006

EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson will begin two days of talks in Washington with U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Feb. 21). The talks, which will focus on the Doha round according to European government sources, will wrap up tomorrow.


(Daily News)
January 09, 2006

Everett Eissenstat, the chief international trade counsel for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Charles Grassley (R-IA), is leaving the committee for a position with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, according to private sector sources.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2005

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman will sign a free trade agreement with Oman in Washington on January 19, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
December 30, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will likely announce today (Dec. 30) that it is unable to meet its target date of Jan. 1, 2006 for implementing a free trade agreement with any of the six Central American countries that signed it, according to a USTR spokesman.


(Daily News)
December 28, 2005

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is seeking to measure the interest of U.S. business groups in a potential free trade agreement with Switzerland, according to informed sources.


(Daily News)
November 09, 2005

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns and Trade Representative Rob Portman today (Nov. 9) acknowledged that countries will miss their goal of agreeing to a specific blueprint for the Doha round at the Hong Kong ministerial in December. At the same time, EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson announced that the goals for Hong Kong would have to be lowered given the large substantive differences among members.


(Daily News)
August 30, 2005

The legal twists and turns in the softwood lumber fight reflected in the U.S. victory at the World Trade Organization yesterday (Aug. 30) illustrate that only negotiations will ultimately solve the dispute between the U.S. and Canada, a U.S. trade official said today.


(Daily News)
July 08, 2005

U.S. Trade Representative Rob Portman will be attending the mini-ministerial hosted by the Chinese government next week to advance the Doha round, following the July 11 session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade in Beijing, a USTR spokesman said on July 8. However, it is still not certain that Portman will attend the entire meeting, which is scheduled for July 12 and 13, he said.


(Daily News)
May 17, 2005

Chief U.S. Agriculture Negotiator Allen Johnson later this year will leave his spot in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where he has been involved in the Doha round of trade negotiations and in bilateral trade agreements, according to a U.S. trade official.


(Daily News)
May 04, 2005

PARIS --U.S. Trade Representative Robert Portman today (May 4) offered an outline of what progress needs to be made in the World Trade Organization talks by July to ensure a positive outcome at the Hong Kong ministerial this December. Members hope to reach agreements on negotiating modalities in agriculture and non-agriculture market access (NAMA).


(Daily News)
April 28, 2005

Senate staffers said the full Senate was expected to vote late tonight (April 28) to confirm Rob Portman as the next U.S. Trade Representative, after Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) agreed to drop his hold on Portman. Some sources said the Senate was expected to vote on Portman as late as 11 p.m.


(Daily News)
April 26, 2005

Republican Senate leaders plan to press ahead with a floor vote on the nomination of Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) as the United States trade representative after the Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved him on April 26.


(Daily News)
April 26, 2005

The Senate Finance Committee today unanimously recommended that the Senate approve the Bush Administration’s nominee for U.S. trade representative, Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH). The recommendation was given in a voice vote at a hearing today (April 26) on Social Security.


(Daily News)
April 20, 2005

The Senate is likely to confirm Rep. Rob Portman (R-OH) as the next U.S. Trade Representative sometime next week following tomorrow’s confirmation hearing at the Senate Finance Committee, according to a GOP aide. The aide said GOP leaders are aware of a May 4 meeting of trade ministers on the World Trade Organization negotiations, and would like Portman to be able to attend in his new capacity as USTR.


(Daily News)
February 18, 2005

The White House is likely to name a replacement for outgoing U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick on an acting basis early next week, when he starts his new job as the Deputy Secretary of State, according to an informed source.


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