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The week in trade started off with a bang on Sunday (May 1) with revelations that Greenpeace Netherlands obtained leaked copies of negotiating documents from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership and released them the following day.

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Mon, 5:42 PM

Group eyes upcoming U.S. India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue, U.S.-India Trade Policy Forum meetings.

Mon, 4:50 PM

“The data flow trade provisions are a clear step forward and will help to shape even more comprehensive coverage in future agreements.

Mon, 12:58 PM

Our most-accessed reports, filings and more from the last few days.

Mon, 11:35 AM

“More export opportunities do not mean better incomes for European farmers.”

Mon, 10:44 AM

A leaked document on the state of play as of March in the negotiations for a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) shows that U.S. and European Union negotiators have been unable to bridge differences on a range of key issues including regulatory cooperation on cosmetics and engineering, according to a copy released by Greenpeace Netherlands.

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom quickly sought to minimize fallout and re-frame perceptions following a massive leak of documents allegedly from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, arguing that the deal will not undermine the strength of environmental, consumer and health standards.

Greenpeace threw a jab at European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom's response to the group's publication of leaked Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiating documents, arguing her claim that the commission is pushing for the so-called precautionary principle to be included in the final deal is not supported by the leaked texts.

In the fight over the purported benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative and prominent TPP critic Public Citizen are blasting as inaccurate each other's methodology for calculating how many U.S. exports would see foreign tariffs eliminated under the deal and whether those cuts are meaningful.

United States and European Union negotiators this week slightly increased the number of tariffs that would go to zero immediately when a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership went into effect, but clashed over whether tariffs for very sensitive items would ultimately be eliminated in such a deal.

The Treasury Department in its semi-annual foreign exchange report for the first time employed new currency manipulation monitoring tools and placed five countries -- China, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Germany -- on a “monitoring list,” but determined none of the countries triggered requirements for “enhanced analysis” included in the 2015 Customs Bill.

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  • The United States and Mexico clashed last week over the next steps in the longstanding fight over U.S. dolphin-safe tuna labeling requirements, taking diametrically opposed positions on whether the dispute should focus on calculating the amount of trade retaliation to which Mexico is entitled or on determining whether a policy change the U.S. made in March brings it into compliance with trade...

  • The long-awaited World Trade Organization compliance panel report on European Union subsidies to Airbus has been circulated to the United States and EU and will be made available to members in September, according to Geneva sources, moving forward a dispute that has long devoured the time, energy and resources of the Dispute Settlement Body's secretariat.

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  • The Senate leadership failed on April 28 to secure unanimous consent to approve House-passed legislation to reform the miscellaneous tariff bill (MTB) process, apparently due to what sources said was an objection by a Republican senator.

  • China and India have made progress on improving their protection of intellectual property rights over the past year, but will remain on the priority watch list set up under the Special 301 process because longstanding and new problems require increased U.S. attention, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced on April 27.

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