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Canada Seeks TPP Exception For Current Regime To Combat Online Piracy

CANBERRA – Canada has proposed an exception in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations that would allow it to maintain its current legal regime for internet service providers (ISPs) to address online copyright infringement, even though that system falls short of the requirements the United States is seeking in the TPP, according to informed sources here.

TPP Countries Mull Trade Secrets Language With Additional Flexibility

CANBERRA -- Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiators are considering language in the intellectual property (IP) chapter that would go a long way toward meeting a key U.S. industry demand that countries provide criminal penalties for the theft of trade secrets, but in a way that gives countries some flexibility in how they implement those remedies.

U.S., Japan Resume Ag Talks On Sidelines Of Canberra Informal Round

CANBERRA – The United States and Japan have resumed bilateral talks on agricultural market access on the sidelines of the informal Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) round taking place here, in line with a plan announced last week by Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler.

Australian Officials Raise Hopes For Common TPP Tariff Concession

Australia Seeks To Protect Domestic Audiovisual Content, Drug Benefits In TPP

Levin Heads To Sydney To Assess Status Of TPP Negotiations 'Firsthand'

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Juncker Provides Little Clarity On New Commission's Approach To ISDS In TTIP

The president-elect of the next European Commission on Wednesday (Oct. 22) failed to provide any clarity about the whether he will accept the inclusion of investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) in a potential trade agreement with the United States, amid business fears that he would declare the issue off the table in the negotiations.

Bogota Seeks To Move U.S.-Colombia Labor Discussions Past 'Action Plan'

Colombia's new labor minister this week declared that his country has fulfilled its obligations under a labor action plan (LAP) that was politically linked to passage of the U.S.-Colombia free trade deal, even as labor groups and the U.S. government have continued to criticize Bogota's implementation of certain aspects of the plan.

WTO Compliance Panel Finds New COOL Measure Worse Than Original

The World Trade Organization on Monday (Oct. 20) dealt a blow to the United States country-of-origin labeling (COOL) program for meat with a finding that U.S. efforts to remedy problems identified in an earlier WTO decision fell far short of achieving that goal and actually worsened COOL's impact on Mexican and Canadian livestock producers.

EU Farm Groups Urge Quick GMO Approvals, Warning Of Trade Disruptions

A coalition of European Union farm groups has called on the outgoing European Commission in its final weeks to approve a slew of genetically engineered crops for import, warning that a failure to act now could block shipments from the United States and cost EU livestock farmers up to a billion euros extra to secure feed grain from elsewhere.

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  • In Further Delay, WTO's Airbus Compliance Panel Expects Ruling By End-2015

    The World Trade Organization panel weighing whether the European Union has complied with a 2011 Appellate Body ruling faulting EU member state subsidies to aircraft maker Airbus has delayed its ruling a third time, and now expects to issue its decision by the end of 2015.

  • USDA Steps Up Pressure On Canada Over Agricultural Dispute Settlement

    The Obama administration has stepped up pressure on the Canadian government to live up to what the U.S. government believes were Ottawa's commitments under the bilateral Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) for creating a dispute settlement system that gives fruit and vegetable suppliers priority treatment in cases of delinquent payments.

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  • House Republicans Seek TPA Vehicle Amid Uncertainty Over Lame-Duck

    House Ways & Means Committee Republicans are continuing to seek a potential vehicle to pass a renewal of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) in the lame-duck session following the November elections, even as they acknowledge that it is uncertain whether a viable path toward passage will materialize.

  • Mexican Minister Brings Retaliation Threat Over Sugar To Washington

    Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo during a trip to Washington this week amplified his message that Mexico will retaliate - including by challenging the U.S. sugar program at the World Trade Organization - if the U.S. does not meet Mexican demands for a deal to resolve an ongoing trade remedy case against Mexican sugar.

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  • U.S.-Japan Deal Elusive As Tokyo Meeting Ends; Talks To Resume In Australia

    A four-day meeting of U.S. and Japanese negotiators in Tokyo under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ended on Oct. 15 without a bilateral deal, though Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said the two sides made progress despite not resolving the tough issues of agricultural market access and auto trade.

  • Mexico's Guajardo Says TPP Unlikely To Advance Without U.S.-Japan Deal

    Mexico's top trade official made clear this week that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) parties are unlikely to make major progress at an upcoming ministerial meeting in Sydney unless the United States and Japan can show they have reached a breakthrough in ongoing bilateral market access negotiations.

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10/22/2014

Mexican Sugar Industry Asks Commerce To Delay Final AD Determination

Mexican sugar refiners have asked the Commerce Department to delay by roughly four and half months a final determination on whether Mexican sugar is being . . .

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Ukraine Announces End To Tariff Renegotiation Effort AT WTO General Council Meeting

The government of Ukraine has formally announced to members of the World Trade Organization that it has dropped its renegotiation efforts that would have raised . . .

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Treasury Report Sees Beijing More Willing To Allow RMB Appreciation

The Treasury Department on Wednesday (Oct. 15) pointed to data showing that China's currency is still 5 to 10 percent undervalued, but said there are . . .

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Australian Parliament Critics Of TPP Step Up Action As Round Kicks Off

CANBERRA – As a new round of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations kicked off here, Australian opposition lawmakers critical of the deal announced plans to ramp up their efforts to build opposition to TPP and press the government to change its course on key issues such as investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) and transparency.

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