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The U.S. and South African poultry industries are struggling to find terms they can both agree on to end a long-standing dispute over South African antidumping (AD) duties on U.S. bone-in chicken products, with South African producers resisting demands for market opening that the U.S. says are critical to regain a foothold in the market.

The European Commission is considering giving individual European member states the power to ban the import of EU-approved genetically modified food and animal feed into their territory and may propose legislation along those lines when it completes a review of the EU's biotech approval procedures at the end of April.

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 Chinese government has told U.S. Treasury Department officials that Beijing is delaying the implementation of new banking regulations that would require foreign companies supplying China's financial institutions to turn over sensitive commercial information, according to a spokeswoman for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

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.

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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).