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EU, Japan to aim for 2016 "agreement in principle" on FTA
Leaders from the EU and Japan confirmed that they aim to reach an “agreement in principle” in 2016 for a bilateral trade pact, following over three years of negotiations.
Removing non-tariff barriers a priority of ASEAN Economic Community 2025 blueprint
Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang outlines efforts that the economic grouping will focus on going forward, to implement outstanding measures and to deepen cross border relations.
Pakistan, Iran agree to remove NTBs, start FTA talks
Neighbouring country expresses desire to participate in privatisation programme
SAFTA meet likely next month
The commerce ministers will discuss on enhancing intra-SAARC trade flows under SAFTA and vision for further trade liberalisation by reducing non-tariff and para-tariff barriers.
India proposes informal forum to resolve RCEP issues
Keen on an expeditious conclusion of the biggest trade accord in Asia, India has proposed the creation of a forum for in formal resolution of prickly issues under the planned Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.
India-EU trade pact: Negotiators discuss outstanding issues
Chief negotiators of India and EU took stock of "outstanding issues", including duty cut on automobiles and movement of professionals, that have held up talks on the proposed free trade agreement.
No fanfare as AEC era begins
Southeast Asian nations officially launched an EU-inspired economic bloc aimed at boosting the region’s trading clout and attracting more investment. But analysts said a true single market was still a long way off.
What Turkey expects from its free trade agreement with Singapore
The Turkey-Singapore Free Trade Agreement is a comprehensive one covering not only bilateral tariff liberalization, but also a reduction in non-tariff barriers.
Georgia begins round two of free trade talks EFTA
The third round of negotiations between Georgia and EFTA will be held in February 2016.
State’s leadership on healthy food and farming at risk under proposed trade deals
U.S. negotiators are looking to wrap up two new massive trade agreements that could threaten the continued viability of labeling laws to educate and protect consumers and support local food systems.
AEC set to miss deadline for free-trade bloc
The Asean Economic Community was scheduled to set up a free-trade bloc by the end of 2015 but legislative foot-dragging and obstructive border practices have effectively prevented the free movement of goods, services and workers.
In brief – TTIP: where we stand
TTIP negotiation round 11 was held in Miami, Florida: short overview of where we stand in the negotiations, issue area by issue area.
‘Political will’ may no longer be the bane of AEC
With less than three months before AEC is launched, the business community is still not convinced that the governments in Asean are politically committed towards AEC. Many feel the countries in the region are not pulling up their socks to remove non-tariff barriers
Latest TIFA talks ’productive’: US
The latest round of trade talks between Taiwan and the U.S. under the bilateral Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) made much ground in a number of areas but both sides have yet to reach consensus on issues such as U.S. pork imports.
S. Korea, China ink MOU to tackle non-tariff barriers
South Korea and China have agreed to tackle the issue of non-tariff barriers following their signing of a free trade agreement (FTA)
US lawmaker blasts ‘Monsanto provision’ in Fast Track legislation
US Representative Peter DeFazio today spoke out against a provision buried in trade promotion authority legislation that could help a government or multinational corporation attack state or national laws that require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.
US moves toward greater trade with Africa
Pact with Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda — to be expanded to other countries later on — seen as a stepping stone to full fledged FTA
EU-US FTA (TTIP) - draft on technical barriers to trade (TBT) (March 2014)
As published by the European Commission
TPP - US TBT proposal (2011)
Citizen Trade Campaign has released this proposed text from the US on technical barriers to trade relating to medical devices and pharmaceuticals under the Trans Pacific Partnership