Members of the World Trade Organization at mid-week were set to break the impasse over the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) by overcoming a last-minute hurdle posed by demands from developing countries that delayed a General Council meeting by one day to Nov. 27.
A meeting of the World Trade Organization's General Council to formally resolve the impasse over the implementation of the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) was pushed back by one day until Thursday (Nov. 27).
Spurred by the breakthrough reached earlier this month between the United States and China, participants in the effort to expand the Information Technology Agreement (ITA) are now aiming to conclude talks on the product scope of the deal during a Dec. 4-10 negotiating round, in time for the World Trade Organization's Dec. 10-11 General Council meeting.
The European Commission has formally approved a plan under which Brussels will publicly release all EU text proposals for the "rules" aspect of its free trade talks with the United States, but continue to restrict access to its market access offers for goods, services and procurement, as well as joint U.S.-EU texts.
An Australian trade official last week said countries participating in the negotiations for a plurilateral agreement to eliminate tariffs on environmental goods are hoping to compile a complete list of products that could be subject to tariff cuts by mid-2015 at the latest, although he identified several challenges that members could face in the negotiations.
- WTO Says No Substantive Changes To Bali Texts Despite Postponement Of General Council Meeting Until Nov. 27
- WTO Circulates New General Council Decision On Post-Bali Work, Revised Chairman's Statement
- Brown, Seven Other Finance Democrats Urge Appropriators To Fund TAA In Omnibus Appropriations Bill
- In Joint Statement, U.S., India Agree To Hold Next TPF Meeting In U.S. In 2015; Set Up Work Plans
- EU Commission Adopts Measures Aimed At Improving TTIP Transparency, Access To Documents
- TFA Protocol Of Amendment, Food Security Agreement Sole Items On Nov. 26 General Council Agenda
- Heritage Paper Says Congress Should Pass TPA If Obama Assures It Will Not 'Expand Administrative State'
- Commerce Finds Preliminary CVD Margins Between 12.5-81.3 Percent For Chinese Tire Imports
- WTO Releases Draft TFA Protocol, Food Security Decision With End-2015 Target For Permanent Solution
Editor's Note: There will be no updates posted Nov. 27 or 28 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
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