Jul 23, 2015

Japan, U.S. eye tariff 'snapbacks' in TPP auto talks

Japan and the United States are negotiating a bilateral scheme to counter vehicle trade pact violations with tariff hikes under the planned Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, according to sources. Under the “snapback” scheme, the United States would restore tariffs on vehicle imports from ...

Jul 16, 2015

Japan proposes low-tariff quotas for butter imports under TPP

Japan has proposed setting low-tariff quotas for imports of butter and skim milk powder under terms being thrashed out for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, negotiation sources said Thursday. The proposal was made in response to strong calls from other members of the 12-nation TPP initiative, ...

Jun 14, 2015

Asia-Pacific negotiators end talks without free trade goal

Negotiators from 16 Asia-Pacific countries ended their eighth round of talks to promote a deal that would free up their trade early Sunday, falling short of setting any ambitious goal of eliminating tariffs. The working-level meeting, which began last Monday in Kyoto, involving the ...

May 28, 2015

Miyazawa, EU's Malmstrom agree to speed up EPA talks for deal before 2016

Trade minister Yoichi Miyazawa and visiting European Union official Cecilia Malmstrom agreed Wednesday to further accelerate free trade negotiations on concluding a Japan-EU economic partnership agreement. At a meeting over dinner in Tokyo, Miyazawa told Malmstrom, European commissioner for trade, that Japan remains committed ...

May 27, 2015

TPP meeting ends without setting date for ministerial session

Chief negotiators from countries involved in the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative wrapped up their latest round of negotiations in Guam on Wednesday, without setting a date for a ministerial meeting to reach a broad agreement. The 12 countries in the negotiations have ...

May 21, 2015

TPP nations to give up on Guam ministerial meeting as TPA pends

The 12 countries engaged in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade talks have given up on holding a ministerial meeting in Guam, informed sources said. They dropped the plan for the meeting on the broad free trade accord because it is uncertain whether the U.S. Congress ...