May 19, 2015

Strike TPP deal as soon as possible, former U.S trade rep says

The Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations are important for both the United States and Japan, and an early conclusion is desirable for the 12-country talks, former U.S. Trade Representative Mickey Kantor said in a recent interview. “It is in both countries’ interest that the ...

May 16, 2015

Chief negotiators resume TPP talks in Guam

Chief negotiators from 12 countries resumed talks Saturday in Guam on a U.S.-led Pacific free trade initiative, and will seek to narrow remaining gaps over intellectual property and other sticking points blocking a deal affecting roughly 40 percent of world trade. The prospects of ...

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan

May 13, 2015

Trade deal helps boost sales of Aussie beef in Japan


Australia is set to strengthen its dominance over the U.S. as Japan’s biggest beef supplier as a trade deal drives shipments toward a four-year high. Imports of Australian chilled beef rose 8 percent last quarter and may reach the highest since 2011 while shipments ...

May 8, 2015

Belgium hopes for broad EU-Japan EPA deal by yearend

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said Thursday he hopes that the European Union and Japan will reach a broad accord by the end of the year on a proposed economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. Political will is needed for progress in the ...

May 1, 2015

TPP ministers expected to meet this month in Philippines

Ministers from the 12 countries negotiating the vaunted Trans-Pacific Partnership free-trade bloc are expected to meet in the Philippines for three days starting May 26, according to U.S. Undersecretary of State for Economic Growth Catherine Novelli told reporters on Thursday. The U.S., Japan and ...