Updated: The United States and Brazil on Wednesday morning (Oct. 1) announced a deal to settle their longstanding bilateral cotton dispute, according to which the U.S. will make a one-time payment of $300 million to a Brazilian cotton industry institute and set new limits on its GSM 102 export credit program by imposing higher fees and shorter repayment terms.USTR | Brazilian Ministry Of External Relations | National Cotton Council | Brazilian Cotton Producers Association | American Farm Bureau Federation | U.S. Chamber Of Commerce
Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb during a visit to Washington said that work on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has progressed enough that participants could conclude a basic agreement by the end of the year, but that he does not know whether the political will exists for doing so.
Senior U.S. and European Union officials are conceding publicly that the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) are lagging when it comes to resolving major issues sensitive to each side, including services market access, services regulation, and temporary labor mobility.
A much-anticipated White House meeting between President Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ended with both leaders pledging to try to find a path forward on the impasse at the World Trade Organization and make progress on contentious intellectual property (IP) issues, but without concrete results on either front.
European Trade Commissioner Designate Cecilia Malmstrom has announced that, if confirmed, she plans to launch a political review of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations to be completed by the end of the year, in yet another signal that the talks will not make major strides toward resolving contentious issues in 2014.
Many U.S. firms see the European Union as one of the top places where digital trade barriers pose a difficulty to doing business, according to a new report by the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
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A meeting this week of the World Trade Organization committee overseeing the Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) failed to make any progress toward breaking the deadlock . . .09/30/2014
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) last week said Congress may act on Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) legislation in the lame-duck session this year, . . .09/29/2014
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative last week requested written comments and nominations for its annual "notorious markets" review of digital and physical markets . . .
Senior administration officials have made clear that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Sept. 29-30 trip to Washington is not expected to yield major outcomes on trade issues when they omitted them from the list of areas where they expect to announce commitments.
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