Jan 30, 2015

Japan TPP offer chops beef tariffs to 9% over 15 years

Japan has proposed during negotiations with the United States to slash its 38.5 percent tariff in imported beef to 9 percent over 15 years under an envisioned Pacific Rim free trade deal, negotiation sources said Thursday. Tokyo also called for a safeguard measure that ...

Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

Jan 28, 2015

Chief U.S. trade negotiator says TPP deal is within sight

The top U.S. trade official told lawmakers Tuesday that the ambitious Trans-Pacific Partnership could be wrapped up within months as he urged Congress to back the administration’s trade agenda. In testimony to congressional committees, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the administration is looking ...

Jan 23, 2015

TPP chief negotiators to meet in NY on Monday

Chief negotiators from the 12 countries involved in the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative will gather in New York starting Monday, with an eye on a fresh ministerial meeting to secure a deal, according to Japanese officials. The weeklong session of negotiations through Feb. ...

Jan 14, 2015

Japan, U.S. resume TPP talks on farm and auto issues

Trade officials from Japan and the United States resumed talks Wednesday on greater market access for agricultural products and autos under the 12-country Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade initiative. The fresh round of negotiations come after leaders failed to make progress on the TPP at ...

Oct 3, 2014

Froman again urges Tokyo to make concessions for TPP deal

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman urged Japan to make more concessions over thorny bilateral issues to break the current deadlock in a 12-nation Pacific free trade initiative. Froman said he looks forward to “bold visions at the negotiating table” on the issues of market ...

Sep 10, 2014

Japan, U.S. see little progress in TPP farm tariff talks

Japan and the United States made only “very limited” progress in two days of working-level talks over Tokyo’s proposed exceptions to tariff abolition for key farm products under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a Japanese official said Wednesday. “We were not able to make as much ...