Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

Apr 8, 2014

Aussie beef industry hails EPA with Japan

The Australian beef industry welcomed Tuesday a broad accord between Japan and Australia to conclude a bilateral economic partnership agreement (EPA) for free trade. “Over the next 20 years, sales of Australian beef to Japan are expected to rise by 5.5 billion (Australian) dollars ...

Apr 7, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume working-level TPP talks

Japan and the United States resumed bilateral working-level talks on a Pacific free trade deal Monday in Tokyo, aiming to break a deadlock over Japanese tariffs on farm products that is holding the deal up. The talks between Hiroshi Oe, Japan’s deputy chief negotiator ...

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

Apr 4, 2014

U.S. presses Japan on TPP compromises

by Krista Hughes

The United States pressed Japan on Thursday to open its farm and auto markets to overseas competition and said it cannot expect special treatment in a Pacific free trade pact covering one-third of global imports and exports. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman told U.S. ...

Japan and Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

Mar 26, 2014

Japan and Australia fail to agree on tariffs in FTA talks

Japan and Australia failed to reach an agreement over cutting tariffs on farm products during ministerial talks Wednesday in Tokyo and could only confirm they will continue the negotiations. After meeting with agriculture minister Yoshimasa Hayashi, his Australian counterpart Andrew Robb told reporters that ...

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

Mar 12, 2014

U.S. biz lobby says Japan's TPP proposal not enough

The level of market access proposed by Japan does not meet the standards of the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, James Fatheree, president of the U.S.-Japan Business Council, said recently. “It is clear that Japan has more work to do in order to meet the expectations,” ...

Mar 5, 2014

U.S. sets 2014 goal for signing TPP free trade pact

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has outlined a goal of concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership this year. “In pursuit of job-supporting trade opportunities, the administration will work to conclude negotiations of the TPP in 2014,” the office said in a document attached to ...

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

Feb 25, 2014

Singapore TPP talks fail to reach a deal

by Siti Rahil and Kayo Mimizuka

Ministers from 12 Pacific-Rim countries failed Tuesday to achieve the goal of reaching a broad agreement on an envisioned regional free trade deal due to remaining gulfs over such key outstanding issues as tariff elimination. After wrapping up their four-day meeting in Singapore, the ...

Japan and U.S. remain apart on farm tariffs

Feb 24, 2014

Japan and U.S. remain apart on farm tariffs

Japan and the U.S. have failed to narrow their differences on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, Akira Amari said Monday. Ahead of the start of the third day of TPP ministerial talks, Amari, Japan’s point man for the trade pact, said he had “a strong sense ...

Feb 21, 2014

Shapiro: Obama-Abe summit key

The upcoming Japan-U.S. summit will be a key opportunity for concluding the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade negotiations, former senior U.S. trade official Ira Shapiro has suggested. A bilateral agreement between Japan and the United States will be a “trigger” for a broader agreement, Shapiro ...

Feb 21, 2014

Stage set for TPP ministerial meeting

The chief trade negotiators from the 12 Pacific Rim countries drafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade accord will end their working-level talks Friday in Singapore, setting the stage for a crucial ministerial gathering this weekend. After missing their goal of sealing the pact last ...

Dec 13, 2013

TPP ministers eye meeting in London in late January: sources

Trade ministers from 12 countries negotiating the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade deal plan to meet in London in late January, now that negotiations are unlikely to conclude by the end of this year, sources said Friday. The meeting has been tentatively set for around ...