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Apr 11, 2013

U.S., Japan seen near deal on Trans-Pacific Partnership entry

WASHINGTON, April 11 (Reuters) – The United States and Japan
appear close to a deal to allow Tokyo into negotiations on a
U.S.-led free-trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific region, U.S.
private-sector industry and labor officials said on Thursday.

“It does certainly look like (they are) about to make that
announcement,” despite the objections of U.S. labor groups
concerned about removing U.S. tariffs on Japanese cars and
trucks, Thea Lee, deputy chief of staff at the AFL-CIO labor
federation, told the Washington International Trade Association.

Apr 10, 2013

U.S. tuna plan pleases conservationists, upsets Mexican industry

WASHINGTON, April 10 (Reuters) – A U.S. proposal to revamp
its dolphin-safe tuna label rules to comply with a trade case
won by Mexico is drawing praise from conservationists and
criticism from Mexico’s fishing industry, which says it will
keep their exports out of the U.S. market.

A World Trade Organization appellate panel ruled last year
the two-decade-old labeling program was “not even-handed”
because it focused on the use of large purse seine nets in the
eastern tropical Pacific to catch tuna, and failed to address
the risk of dolphin deaths from other fishing methods.

Apr 5, 2013

U.S. aims to reshape world trade rules with regional pacts: Biden

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States hopes to use a proposed regional free trade agreement in the Asia-Pacific and another with the European Union to reshape global rules for trade, Vice President Joe Biden said on Friday.

“Our goal is for high standards for the Trans-Pacific Partnership to enter the bloodstream of the global system and improve the rules and norms,” Biden said in a speech at the U.S. Export-Import Bank’s annual meeting.

Apr 4, 2013

Green groups urge U.S. to back off Indian solar trade case

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – U.S. environmental groups
are pressing President Barack Obama’s administration to back off
a World Trade Organization case against India they say threatens
the ability of the world’s second most populous country to cut
greenhouse gas emissions.

“We’re really worried about this proliferation of trade
cases on renewable energy,” Ilana Solomon, trade representative
for the Sierra Club, said in an interview on Thursday.

Apr 4, 2013

U.S. Ex-Im chief defends bank as critics take aim

WASHINGTON, April 4 (Reuters) – The president of the U.S.
Export-Import Bank on Thursday defended his agency from
conservative Republicans who want to close it down, as well as
against a new complaint by Delta Air Lines Inc that the
bank’s support for Boeing gives foreign airlines an unfair
advantage.

“It is our job at Ex-Im to level the playing field. If we
let our charter expire, it will amount to unilateral disarmament
and nothing would please the other 59 export credit agencies
around the world more,” Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg said
at the bank’s annual conference.

Apr 4, 2013

U.S. Ex-Im chief defends bank, as Delta strikes again

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The president of the U.S. Export-Import Bank on Thursday defended his agency from conservative Republicans who want to close it down, as well as against a new complaint by Delta Air Lines Inc (DAL.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) that the bank’s support for Boeing gives foreign airlines an unfair advantage.

“It is our job at Ex-Im to level the playing field. If we let our charter expire, it will amount to unilateral disarmament and nothing would please the other 59 export credit agencies around the world more,” Ex-Im Bank President Fred Hochberg said at the bank’s annual conference.

Apr 3, 2013

U.S. encourages South Korea to join Trans-Pacific trade talks

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – The United States would
welcome South Korea joining negotiations on an Asia-Pacific free
trade agreement, a senior U.S. trade official said on Wednesday,
as Washington continues to weigh Japan’s bid to enter the same
set of talks.

“We do think it’s natural and logical for Korea to join this
negotiation. We think they would have a lot to offer,” Assistant
U.S. Trade Representative Wendy Cutler said in a speech at the
Wilson Center, a foreign policy think tank.

Apr 3, 2013

Asia-Pacific trade talks could stretch well into 2014 -analysts

WASHINGTON, April 3 (Reuters) – Free-trade talks between the
United States and 10 countries in the Asia-Pacific region could
stretch into late next year, especially if Japan joins the
negotiations, former U.S. trade officials said on Wednesday.

“While it’s true that meaningful progress has been made over
the last 16 rounds, the negotiations are not close to conclusion
by any reasonable measure,” Jay Eizenstat, a former U.S. trade
negotiator, said at a Washington International Trade Association
event.

Apr 2, 2013

U.S. trade office reviewing Supreme Court drug ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was considering its response to an Indian Supreme Court ruling that U.S. drug manufacturers warn is the latest sign of a “deteriorating” environment for intellectual property rights in the country.

“We are … reviewing the Court’s order. We look forward to continued engagement and successful collaboration with India on these issues,” said Andrea Mead, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.

Apr 2, 2013

U.S. trade office reviewing India’s Supreme Court drug ruling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States said on Tuesday it was considering its response to an Indian Supreme Court ruling that U.S. drug manufacturers warn is the latest sign of a “deteriorating” environment for intellectual property rights in the country.

“We are … reviewing the Court’s order. We look forward to continued engagement and successful collaboration with India on these issues,” said Andrea Mead, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Trade Representative’s office.