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The United States and other participants in the talks for an Environmental Goods Agreement (EGA) have paved the way to begin substantive negotiations in May on which products will ultimately subject to tariff elimination.

A Japanese official said late Friday (March 27) that the delay in congressional consideration of a bill to renew Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) is negatively impacting bilateral negotiations with the United States under the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) because it causes Tokyo to question whether Washington is in a position to strike a deal.

The United States is planning to host the next round of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations the week of April 20 in New York City, according to informed sources.

The Chilean government has confirmed that Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries are planning to hold a ministerial meeting in late May, but said the dates and location for the gathering have not yet been set.

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Thursday (March 26) assured U.S. textile manufacturers that they would get advance warning of any “modifications” to the textile and apparel provisions in a final Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), but that he does not expect a deal to depart significantly from what is currently on the table.

House Democrats gave conflicting opinions about whether a classified briefing by administration officials held Wednesday (March 25) that largely focused on investment issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) was valuable for lawmakers.

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  • The World Trade Organization's Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) this week delayed until mid-2016 a compliance panel ruling on whether the U.S. has removed subsidies to Boeing that were faulted in a March 2012 ruling as causing adverse effects to Airbus as the producer of large civil aircraft.

  • Argentina this week made a formal proposal for a request-offer approach to cutting tariffs in future negotiations on agriculture and non-agricultural market access (NAMA) that could serve as a simpler alternative to the tariff-cutting formulas that are part of the 2008 modalities for these two areas.

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  • Japan's deputy chief negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has made clear that Tokyo is willing to reach a bilateral deal with Washington on agricultural market access and auto trade before the U.S. Congress passes a Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill.

  • The European Parliament's agricultural rapporteur for the U.S.-EU trade talks on March 4said that his party -- whose support is necessary to pass the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) -- is divided over how a potential deal should handle agricultural issues, sanitary and phytosanitary (SPS) rules and an investor-state dispute settlement mechanism (ISDS).