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Amari Says Ministers Seek To Hold Next Ministerial By End Of August

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Akira Amari, Japan's minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, said Friday (July 31) after the conclusion of a four-day meeting that failed to yield a deal that he and his counterparts share a common understanding that they should meet again before the end of August.

Mexican Minister Makes No Apologies For Auto Stance; Dairy, IP Are Other Obstacles

LAHAINA, Hawaii – Mexican Economy Secretary Ildefonso Guajardo on Friday (July 31) made no apologies for seeking stronger rules of origin for Mexico's auto industry in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) talks, but rejected the notion that his country was the only one that held up a resolution on autos, which was a key obstacle to an agreement.

TPP Ministerial Ends Without Deal As Talks Rupture Over Autos

LAHAINA, Hawaii – After a roller-coaster day of negotiations, Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministers here on Friday (July 31) ended a four-day meeting without even an agreement in principle, after the talks broke down primarily over automobiles, although dairy market access also remained unresolved.

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Inside U.S. Trade - July 31, 2015

Gloom Descends On TPP Ministerial, With Deal Looking More Unlikely

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- An air of pessimism descended over the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) ministerial here halfway through the meeting, with sources predicting late Wednesday (July 29) that it will be more difficult than previously anticipated to conclude the negotiations in the remaining two days, largely due to a continuing disagreement over dairy market access.

Robb Says U.S. Makes Offer On Sugar; Holds Line On Biologics, ISDS

Customs Bills Would Shore Up U.S. Retaliation Rights In EU Hormone Case

TPP Countries Mull U.S. Proposal For Currency Committee Side Deal

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Trade staffers for the House Ways & Means and Senate Finance committees are aiming to hash out their differences on the pending customs and enforcement bill prior to the initiation of formal conference proceedings in order to avoid triggering a debate on the legislation on the House floor, according to congressional sources.

Supporters of the Export-Import Bank are cheering the 64-29 vote in the Senate attaching an amendment reauthorizing bank to a pending highway bill, even though it's unclear whether the House will actually take up the entire legislative package before the August recess.

Taiwan on Monday (July 27) said it will accept the tentative deal expanding the product scope of the Information Technology Agreement (ITA), dropping its demands to have flat-panel displays included in the deal.

The State Department has removed Malaysia from its annually updated blacklist of countries that most egregiously fail to combat human trafficking, smoothing the process for congressional approval of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) despite an outcry from human rights advocates in Washington and Kuala Lumpur.

Updated: The World Trade Organization on Friday (July 24) ruled against a U.S. ban on live animal and fresh beef imports from Argentina that Washington opted to repeal as the dispute was being argued, finding that the prohibition had discriminated against Argentine imports and that the U.S. had failed to uphold an international animal health standard in doing so.

Eleven of the 28 House Democrats who voted for Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) have warned U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal could fail in Congress if it does not uphold the "May 10" standard with regard to access to medicines in developing countries.

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  • Several House Democrats who voted in favor of fast-track legislation last month are preparing to send a letter to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman calling on him to ensure that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) rules on pharmaceutical intellectual property (IP) do not undermine access to medicines in developing countries, according to non-governmental sources on both sides of the IP...

  • A leaked text of a report by the European Commission to EU member states summarizing the ninth round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) reveals the specifics of detailed exchanges the U.S. and European Union have entered into on their offensive and defensive priorities for agricultural and industrial goods market access.