- About bilaterals.org
- Feb-2016: New ISDS platform launched
- Sep-2004: Launch announcement
- Feb-2015: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Mar-2013: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Jun-2009: Relaunch of bilaterals.org
- Dec-2008: An update from bilaterals.org and logo design contest announcement
- Dec-2006: bilaterals.org in Spanish & French
- Sep-2006: Update from bilaterals.org
- How to participate
- Key issues
- Texts of agreements
US to push back on SPS farm trade barriers -Kirk
Reuters | Thu Mar 12, 2009
U.S. to push back on SPS farm trade barriers -Kirk
WASHINGTON, March 12 (Reuters) — The United States will make it a priority to get rid of barriers to U.S. farm exports based on unjustified sanitary and phytosanitary concerns about human, animal and plant health, the designee for U.S. Trade Representative said on Thursday.
The barriers have blocked U.S. meat, corn, rice, and other products from a variety of European and Asian markets.
Under the Obama administration, the United States will "aggressively utilize ... all available tools in the WTO and other mechanisms" to fight SPS barriers, Ron Kirk said in written responses to the Senate Finance Committee.
One of the oldest SPS irritants has been a European ban on U.S. beef based on concerns about growth hormones, dating back to the early 1980s.
The United States won a case at the World Trade Organization against the EU ban, and has had retaliatory sanctions against certain EU goods for more than a decade.
Asked whether he would keep the retaliatory list, most recently updated in January by the outgoing Bush administration, Kirk said USTR officials were trying to resolve the long-standing issue.
"USTR officials are currently engaged in discussions with the EU that could result in at least an interim solution to the dispute," he said.
The USTR will also work to normalize beef trade with Korea, Japan, China and other nations still not accepting all U.S. beef following the discovery of mad cow disease in the United States in 2003, Kirk said.
Under Kirk’s watch, the USTR’s office would use every tool "from diplomacy to the dispute resolution process" to get the EU to accept shipments of genetically modified corn, he said.
"We are developing additional expertise and directing resources at addressing non-tariff barriers to trade like this one," Kirk said, referring to the EU ban on GMO crops.
He also said the USTR would look at bans on U.S. pork because of concerns about ractopamine, a growth promotant, as well as a recent move by Russia to ban pork from some of the largest U.S. processing plants.
Kirk said the United States would look for more market access for farm and other goods as it examines the Doha round of WTO negotiations.
The committee voted on Thursday to back Kirk’s nomination, which will now be considered by the full Senate. (Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by David Gregorio)
News from the movements
29-Jul-2016More than 80 participants met on 27-28 July in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia to take stock of the new generation of mega regional free trade agreements (FTAs) emerging in the region.
27-Jul-2016 CADTMAvec l’APE, le gouvernement ment au peuple 3191,6 milliards de fois. Macky Sall doit annoncer le retrait du Sénégal de l’APE néo colonial. Organisons un contre-conseil des ministres décentralisé pour sortir de l’APE !
27-Jul-2016 Occupy FTA
Written opinion on RCEP to South Korean Government and request for a face-to-face meeting and public hearingsThe Korean negotiators failed to abide by the free and fair trade principle and negotiate RCEP in a way that violates treaties on trade and the generally accepted international laws and regulations.
Ante la reciente avalancha de demandas de corporaciones en tribunales arbitrales contra nuestros países, ¡decimos YA BASTA!Las organizaciones y redes de la sociedad civil que firmamos esta declaración expresamos nuestro rechazo al avance del poder de las empresas transnacionales, que se sustenta en los diferentes tratados de libre comercio e inversiones que existen actualmente en los países de toda América
22-Jul-2016 The HillA group of entertainers is hitting the road to kick off a campaign to build opposition against a Pacific trade agreement.
21-Jul-2016 ANAMURIRatificar el TPP es renunciar a la soberanía nacional y a cualquier proyecto de soberanía popular.
20-Jul-2016 NOUMINRENAt the time of the GATT Uruguay Round Agreement, Japan accepted the import of Minimum Access (MA) rice. This situation will get worse by the additional import quotas set by the TPP.
19-Jul-2016 Biodiversidad en América Latina
Llamado a adherir - ¡Los pueblos y el planeta antes que el lucro! Alternativas al libre comercio y al extractivismo para desmantelar el poder de las transnacionalesUna oportunidad para los grupos y movimientos que combaten el extractivismo y trabajan por la justicia social, que atacan la arquitectura de los Acuerdos de Libre Comercio e Inversiones, que desafían, a cada paso, el poder de las transnacionales, que luchan por la justicia climática, de reunirse para consolidar e impulsar la coordinación de acciones.
bilaterals.org is a collaborative space to share information and support movements struggling against bilateral trade and investment deals which serve corporations, not people. Multilingual. Global. No one owns it. Open publishing. Get involved.