Jul 11, 2014

U.S. pork industry pressures Japan for TPP concessions

Japan should show “more flexibility” in Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations for regional free trade, U.S. National Pork Producers Council Vice President Nick Giordano said Thursday. To achieve a broad TPP accord early, Japan needs to do more toward eliminating its tariffs on agricultural products, said ...

Jul 9, 2014

WTO heavyweights to launch tariff talks on green goods

Japan and 13 other members of the World Trade Organization said Tuesday that they will start negotiations to cut tariffs on green products such as wind turbines and solar panels. The 14 countries and regions, which includes the United States, the European Union and ...

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Jun 30, 2014

Japan, U.S. resume bilateral TPP talks before Ottawa meeting

Talks with the United States aimed at narrowing remaining differences over a Pacific free trade pact resumed Monday in Tokyo. Officials from all 12 negotiating members are gathering in Canada later this week. The two biggest economies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership framework will discuss ...

Jun 25, 2014

TPP negotiations to resume next week in Ottawa

Officials from the 12 countries involved in U.S.-led Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will gather in Ottawa from July 3 to 12, aiming to fill gaps over outstanding issues, a Japanese negotiation source said Wednesday. Chief negotiators for the TPP will gather in the Canadian capital ...

Jun 2, 2014

Korean FTA to erode automakers' share in Colombia

Japanese automakers may lose traction in Colombia as a free trade agreement between that country and South Korea takes effect. Under the FTA signed in December 2013, Colombia will incrementally reduce tariffs on automobiles imported from South Korea from 35 percent to zero within ...

May 29, 2014

U.S. farming lobby warns Japan on TPP

U.S. farm groups said Wednesday Japan should be suspended from Pacific trade talks if it insists on keeping tariffs on sensitive agricultural sectors. Akira Amari, a Cabinet minister in charge of the talks, told Trans-Pacific Partnership trading partners at talks in Singapore last week ...

May 28, 2014

Japan ready to lower pork tariffs for TPP

Japan will review the tariffs it imposes on pork imported from the United States, agreeing to the potentially greater imports Washington has been calling for in bilateral talks on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, according to sources close to the matter. Japan will likely reduce tariffs ...

May 23, 2014

TPP members to tackle tariffs in small group talks

The 12 countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks will begin small-group discussions to accelerate trade talks on tariff issues, negotiation sources said Thursday. Countries seeking to protect tariffs on some sensitive farm products, such as Canada, Japan and the United States, will likely begin ...