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AFTINET: Reply to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Myths and Realities document, June 2015

30-Jun-2015 Scoop The Australian government misrepresents the claims of critics and fails to address substantial criticisms of the Trans Pacific Partnership, says civil society network AFTINET.

  • 7-Jan-2010 Examiner
    Taiwan bans US beef

    Taiwan’s legislative Yuan Tuesday banned the sale of US beef to that island country, a move that infuriated US beef exporters and could lead to trade disputes with the United States.

  • 5-Jan-2010 Press TV
    Taiwan bans import of US beef

    In a reversal of a negotiated deal with Washington, Taiwanese lawmakers on Tuesday banned imports of some kinds of beefs from the United States, citing health concerns.

  • 5-Jan-2010 CSM
    Taiwan curbs US beef imports in latest Asia trade frictions

    Health concerns and angry protests have prompted partial bans on US beef imports in Taiwan, Japan, and South Korea – most recently by Taipei on Tuesday. The recurring dispute has strained relations.

  • 28-Dec-2009 Taiwan News
    Reneging on beef opening would hurt US support for Taiwan

    The head of Taiwan’s National Security Council urged lawmakers and the public not to demand a reopening of talks with the United States on controversial beef imports, though he said he would "respect the final decision by the legislature" and "the people’s right to initiate a referendum on the issue."

  • 29-Oct-2009 AFP
    Taiwan’s Ma eyes trade agreement with US: report

    Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou has voiced hopes of reaching a free-trade agreement with the United States following a decision by the island to allow more US beef imports, a report said Wednesday.

  • 25-Oct-2009 Taiwan News
    US, Taiwan may resume trade talks this year

    US-Taiwan Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) talks are expected to be resumed by the end of this year now that the issue of beef imports from the US has been resolved, Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-shiang said Friday.

  • 20-Oct-2009 The Hankyoreh
    S.Korea-EU FTA indicates European beef imports may resume

    According to a draft of the free trade agreement between South Korea and the European Union, once the FTA takes effect, European beef that has a higher risk for mad cow disease than U.S. beef could be allowed into the country.

  • 13-Sep-2009 Centre for WTO Studies
    Review of trade policies of India’s major trading partners

    A review of market access barriers faced by Indian exporters in its major trading partners and other select countries, 24 in all.

  • 5-Sep-2009 Al-Ahram Weekly
    Potato fight

    A couple of weeks ago, following the discovery of some cases of brown rot, the EU decided to impose a ban on Egyptian potato exports. The Egyptian government believes that the reason behind the move is to protect local European produce from competition.

  • 19-Aug-2009 The Namibian
    Africa: Industry sees red over red line

    Various participants in a talk in Namibia on the economic partnership agreement with the European Union yesterday saw red when Finance Permanent Secretary Calle Schlettwein dared suggesting that the veterinary fence in the North be gradually moved further North to offer those farmers the same market access as those south of the fence.

  • 18-Aug-2009
    Panama lifts beef ban ahead of Canada FTA

    Panama has lifted its six-year-old BSE-related ban on Canadian beef as it concludes talks on a new free trade agreement with Canada that will improve access for other ag commodities.

  • 14-Aug-2009 Western Farmer
    Korean move good news to US pork producers

    It may be an understatement to say the national Pork Producers Council is happy with the decision of Korea to inspect only a sample of US pork exports rather than 100% of them and to lift a ban on live hog imports from the United States.

  • 7-May-2009 FT
    US-EU accord ends beef import rift

    The European Union and the US on Thursday settled a long-running dispute over hormone-treated beef in a deal both sides said demonstrated their determination to reduce bilateral friction amid plunging world trade.

  • 24-Apr-2009 Hankyoreh
    Removing the Korea-EU FTA beef imports provision

    As negotiations for the South Korea-European Union free trade agreement (Korea-EU FTA) race into their final stages, the inner workings are starting to come to light.

  • 18-Apr-2009 Manila Bulletin
    EU assist to improve exports to Europe

    The Philippines will receive 6.5 million Euros to develop a strategic trade policy for both bilateral and multilateral negotiations, speed up customs procedures, cope with demanding EU regulations on technical standards and comply with the latest requirements on food safety.

  • 17-Apr-2009
    EU-India FTA - trade in goods, IP and SPS chapters (draft Feb 2009)

  • 13-Mar-2009 Reuters
    US to push back on SPS farm trade barriers -Kirk

    The United States will make it a priority to get rid of barriers to US farm exports based on unjustified sanitary and phytosanitary concerns about human, animal and plant health — including the EU ban on GM crops — the designee for US Trade Representative said on Thursday.

  • 15-Jan-2009 The Nation
    Crisis may lead to more non-tariff barriers

    Many of Thailand’s trading partners are expected to implement non-tariff barriers this year to shield their markets from a flood of imports as a looming global recession prompts governments to negotiate free-trade pacts.

  • 29-Nov-2008 Taiwan News
    US senators write to Taiwan President Ma over meat trade issue

    Two influential American senators have written to Republic of China President Ma Ying-jeou expressing "deep concern" about what they describe as "continued Taiwanese barriers to US agricultural products." Taiwan allows only imports of US boneless beef from cattle under 30 months of age because of concerns about bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) or mad cow disease.

  • 8-Oct-2008 The Star
    Food safety, free trade and the election

    What does food safety have to do with free trade? A great deal, argues Common Frontiers, a Canadian group critical of the trend towards economic integration — harmonization, as it’s politely put — of standards under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

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