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  • USTR To Hold Off On TPP Tobacco Proposal As Opposition Intensifies

    In the face of intense criticism from business groups and members of Congress, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will once again hold off on tabling its proposal to provide a "safe harbor" for tobacco regulations at the thirteenth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which are slated to begin on July 2 in San Diego.

  • USTR Holding Off On Tabling Key Access To Medicines Details In TPP

    At the thirteenth round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which kicks off next week in San Diego, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will once again refrain from tabling the most important missing pieces from its controversial access to medicines proposal. When it comes to intellectual property rights, USTR is expected to focus the group discussions on less controversial areas, including copyrights and general IPR provisions, sources said.

  • USTR Confirms Objections On Enforceability In TPP Environment Talks

    An official from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative this week confirmed that the U.S. is facing opposition from other countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks (TPP) on its proposal to make environmental commitments fully enforceable under the same dispute settlement mechanism as commercial obligations.

  • Experts See Narrow Window Of Opportunity For Japan TPP Breakthrough

    Experts this week held out the possibility that Japan and the U.S. could still reach a breakthrough agreement by the end of September that would ultimately allow Japan to enter the ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. However, they conceded that a variety of political factors make the likelihood of such a breakthrough unclear, and agreed that Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda is still unable to fully focus his attention on the issue of TPP entry.

  • Mexico to join Trans-Pacific Partnership talks

    (Reuters) - The United States and eight other countries on Monday welcomed Mexico into talks aimed at reaching an Asia Pacific free trade agreement, but continued to mull over Canada and Japan's seven-month-old bids to join the negotiations.

  • Canada to join Trans-Pacific trade talks

    LOS CABOS, Mexico, June 19 (Reuters) - Canada will join 10 other nations in talks aimed at creating an Asia Pacific free trade agreement, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Tue sday, part of a bid to reduce reliance on the U.S. market in favor of fast-growing emerging economies.

  • Leaked TPP Text Shows Disagreement On Indirect Expropriation Definition

    The draft investment text in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, which was leaked yesterday (June 13) by a U.S. civil society group, reveals that TPP countries are offering up radically different visions when it comes defining when a specific government action constitutes "indirect expropriation" of a company's property.

  • The Trans-Pacific Partnership and Asia-Pacific Integration: A Quantitative Assessment

    Since the conclusion of the Uruguay Round the development of international trade rules has drifted from global to regional and bilateral agreements. The United States has not participated actively in this shift and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), now in negotiation, could become its first significant regional agreement since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). The TPP is also a possible pathway to the larger Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP). This study examines the potential benefits and costs of the TPP and its strategic implications for economic integration in the Asia-Pacific.

  • U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement Enters in to Force

    The U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (Agreement) entered into force on March 15, 2012. One of the Agreement’s principal benefits is reduced duties on originating goods traded between the United States and the Republic of Korea (Korea).

  • USTR Tables TPP Labor Proposal that goes beyond May 10 template

    The complete labor proposal tabled by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations late last month has aroused the ire of congressional Republicans, who object to the fact that it goes beyond the labor provisions included in the so-called May 10, 2007, template.The proposal, which remains confidential, does not alter the fundamental standards contained in the May 10 template, according to informed sources.