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Members of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations are considering a plan to phase out import tariffs over a maximum period of 30 years, negotiation sources said Monday.

The plan could make it easier for the countries negotiating the free trade deal to reach an agreement and uphold its principle of eliminating tariffs on all items, although the time frame may raise concerns about how sincere they are about achieving a high level of trade liberalization.

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