Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only “very limited” progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo’s proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. “We were not able to make as much ...

Aug 5, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on market access for beef, pork

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed negotiations over outstanding issues on market access for agricultural products such as beef and pork under the Trans-Pacific Partnership. Both governments will explore ways to strike a deal, possibly this fall, regarding Japan’s exceptional tariffs ...

Jul 25, 2014

Curbs on pork imports from Mexico to be eased

The government intends to loosen restrictions on pork imports from Mexico, officials said Thursday. Imports of Mexican pork are currently limited to meat from six states in the country, following an outbreak of hog cholera there in 2000. In response to a request from ...

Jul 11, 2014

U.S. pork industry pressures Japan for TPP concessions

Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said ...

Apr 23, 2014

Japan may pressure U.S. via Canada pork talks

Japan, the world’s largest pork importer, may accelerate tariff talks with Canada to increase pressure on the United States to ease demands for cuts in agricultural protection, the nation’s biggest hog farmers group said. Canada, the largest pork exporter after the United States and ...

Apr 21, 2014

Japan, U.S. to resume TPP talks Tuesday

Japan and the United States will resume working-level talks in Tokyo Tuesday on finding common ground over a wider Pacific free trade pact, with U.S. President Barack Obama due to arrive in Tokyo on Wednesday. The fresh round of negotiations — the last chance ...

Apr 17, 2014

Tokyo to limit cut-price Aussie pork and chicken via quota system

Japan will apply a tariff-quota system to imports of such Australian products as chicken and pork, allowing fixed amounts to enter the country at reduced duty rates, the farm ministry announced Thursday. Tokyo and Canberra reached a substantive free trade agreement on April 7 ...

Apr 11, 2014

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs pen in new bid next week to seal TPP deal

Japan’s minister in charge of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade talks said Friday he will meet with his U.S. counterpart in Washington next week as they accelerate efforts to resolve outstanding issues before the Japan-U.S. summit later this month. Akira Amari and Michael Froman ...