Jun 27, 2015

WTO rules against Kiev on auto tariffs

Emergency car import duties imposed by Ukraine in 2012 to safeguard its auto industry violate global trade rules, the World Trade Organization ruled Friday, urging Kiev to lift them. A WTO panel found in favor of Japan, which filed the complaint, ruling that “Ukraine ...

Jun 24, 2015

Amari says TPP agreement is possible in July

Economic and Fiscal Policy Minister Akira Amari said Wednesday the 12 countries negotiating a Pacific Rim free trade initiative can reach a broad agreement by the end of July, as U.S. Congress has neared passage of a bill that is crucial to concluding the ...

Apr 20, 2015

Japan, U.S. trade chiefs continue TPP talks ahead of summit

Trade chiefs from Japan and the United States continued negotiations on Monday that could pave the way to conclude the proposed 12-country Pacific free trade deal, seeking to resolve outstanding issues before their leaders’ summit in about a week. The second day of negotiations ...

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 ...