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Leaked EU TTIP Draft On SPS Includes Rules On Equivalency, Animal Welfare

The European Commission has proposed including binding new rules on how the U.S. and EU should go about determining the equivalency of their respective food safety regimes as well as obligations to cooperate to improve animal welfare as part of a proposal for a sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) chapter in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to a newly leaked draft text.

Internal Email Shows U.S. Leaning On EU To Change Fuel Emissions Rules

A newly released internal European Commission email shows that the U.S. government has pressed the EU to fundamentally alter proposed legislation aimed at limiting greenhouse gas emissions from transport fuels in a way that environmental advocates claim would weaken European efforts to fight global climate change.

Cutler Says TPP Parties More Flexible On Rules After Japan Tariff Talks

Acting Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler today (July 23) claimed that other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have begun to show more flexibility on outstanding rules issues in the 12-party negotiations as a result of progress they have made in market access talks with Japan, following an April U.S.-Japan leaders' summit.

Manchin Says Ex-Im Bill Done; Senate In Talks With House On Path Forward

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) said today (July 22) that he has finished drafting a bill to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank but that the decision of whether to introduce it rests with the Senate Democratic leadership, which he revealed is in talks with the House Republican leadership about how to move forward with Ex-Im reauthorization.

Finance, Ways & Means Announce Hearings On KORUS, AGOA

UPDATED: The Senate Finance Committee and the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee are slated to hold separate hearings next week evaluating the status of the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA). Finance is also separately holding a trade subcommittee hearing on the U.S.-Korea (KORUS) free trade agreement.

De Gucht Says U.S. Not Dragging Feet On TTIP, Lauds Technical Work

European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht today (July 22) rejected the notion that U.S. officials are "dragging their feet" in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and indicated he was pleased by the amount of "technical analysis" the U.S. had put into the talks so far.

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  • Punke Hopeful On Trade Facilitation; Says U.S. To Press India At G20

    Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke said this week he is hopeful that India and several African countries will drop their objections to implementing the World Trade Organization's Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA) in advance of a key deadline next week, even as India publicly reiterated its objection.

  • U.S. Food Security Paper At WTO Underlines Divisions On Public Stockholding

    A U.S. paper on food security circulated this week in the World Trade Organization is an initial step toward setting up a work program envisioned in the WTO's December ministerial decision on food stockholding programs, but the paper is not likely to sit well with India and other G-33 countries who were the proponents of the December decision, according to informed sources.

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  • In Midst Of AD/CVD Case, Mexican Sugar Industry Explores Potential Settlement

    Faced with the threat of preliminary trade remedy duties on sugar as early as next month, the Mexican sugar industry is exploring a possible settlement of the case filed by the U.S. sugar industry and has informally reached out to its government to raise this idea to the U.S. government, according to informed sources.

  • Manchin Faces Precarious Balancing On Ex-Im Bill Over Amendments, Coal

    Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) is walking a tightrope in his effort to craft a bill reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank as he weighs how to ensure the conditions put forward by Republican senators to cosponsor the bill do not spurn Democratic supporters, according to informed sources.

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  • Business Groups Seek Immediate TPP Tariff Removal On Many Industrial Goods

    Seventeen business groups, led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), late last week urged U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to seek immediate tariff elimination on a range of industrial goods in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations, particularly with Japan, Malaysia and Vietnam, and to insist on phasing out remaining tariffs without lengthy phaseouts and exclusions.

  • TTIP Procurement Talks Plod Along As EU Business Vents Frustration

    BRUSSELS -- United States and European Union trade negotiators meeting here this week continued talks on government procurement but have so far failed to find a way to begin substantively addressing each other's demands through the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), according to U.S. and EU trade officials.

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07/23/2014

Bipartisan Draft Letter Urges Repeal Of 2013 COOL Rule In Event Of U.S. WTO Loss

Republicans and Democrats in the House are set to call on Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman to roll back a . . .

07/22/2014

Tea Party Member Joins Chorus Calling For Brunei Expulsion From TPP

Tea Party Caucus member Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) is attempting to rally House members behind a call to expel Brunei from the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), . . .

07/21/2014

Punke Says U.S. Will Seek EU Market Access For GI Products In TTIP

Deputy U.S. Trade Representative Michael Punke last week made clear that the United States, in trade negotiations with the European Union, is seeking not only . . .

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Nunes, Rangel Plan Bipartisan Letter To Obama Urging Improved Japan TPP Offer

The chairman and ranking member of the House Ways & Means trade subcommittee are gathering support for a bipartisan letter to President Obama that calls for Japan to improve its market access offer in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) but stops short of explicitly demanding that Japan eliminate all tariffs under the deal.

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