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 ...

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 ...