Aug 6, 2015

TPP ministerial talks unlikely to be held by end of August

Trade ministers from the 12 countries involved in a Pacific Rim free trade deal are unlikely to meet again by the end of this month amid remaining differences that prevented them from finalizing negotiations last week, sources said Thursday. Japan, the United States and ...

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, ...

Jul 2, 2015

Japan, U.S. might resume TPP talks next week

The Japanese and U.S. governments are considering resuming working-level talks related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations on July 9, according to informed sources. Through the talks, Tokyo and Washington hope to find common ground on pending issues on the multilateral free trade deal, including ...

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 ...