Japan agreed to lower tariffs on beef as a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Japan's decision to lower or eliminate tariffs on rice, pork and beef may end up giving the prime minister a headache as he tries to get the trade accord through Parliament.
About 98% of US exporters are small businesses.
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The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership belies the fact that the US's share of trade in the region has been declining for some time.
The new Trans-Pacific trade deal has its sights squarely on financial services.
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Trade minister Andrew Robb must now "sell" the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership - he could do worse than to concentrate on how our services sector will gain.
Representatives of the 12 Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) member countries at a press conference in Atlanta, after a deal was reached.
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Before the last round of negotiations, only a handful of issues remained in the way of concluding the TPP. A potential deal-breaker for Australia was intellectual property protections for biologics.
The balance of trade positions of Australian agriculture and food manufacturing have deteriorated since FTAs with New Zealand, the United States and Thailand have come into play.
Analysis of free trade agreements with New Zealand, the US and Thailand show these failed to boost Australian agriculture and food imports.
Attorney General George Brandis believes a recent court decision backing an environmental group is an illegitimate use of the law. Is he right?
The federal government want to stop green groups from using "lawfare". But proposed changes threaten to seriously curtail public interest litigation in Australia.
Storm clouds are gathering in the Pacific.
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Disputes over intellectual property and car parts are emerging as last-minute hurdles as negotiators race to complete the Trans-Pacific Partnership ahead of elections.
Negotiators appear to be giving Japan’s rice farmers short shrift.
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Japanese negotiators in Maui appear to be bending to American pressure to accept more US rice imports. The flood of grain, local farmers say, will end their way of life.
China’s Minister of Commerce Dr Gao Hucheng and Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott signed the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement in mid-July.
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Unions have warned that there is no clear statement in the China-Australia free trade deal that says foreign and Australian workers have to receive the same conditions and pay. Is that correct?
Trade Minister Andrew Robb continues to argue the case for the controversial Trans Pacific Partnership.
While Australians understand the political benefits of free trade agreements, many remain divided on the economic merit.
The president offers a toast to Congress.
The fight over fast-track that pitted the president against his own party offers reasons for both pessimism and optimism in future trade deals.
Even if President Obama gets his fast-track trading authority, his Pacific trade legacy faces a long slog.
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The fierce debate in the US Congress that almost derailed the president's trade agenda is likely to replay itself in many of the 11 other capitals that are party to the deal.
A deal ten years in the making.
Political issues have left ChAFTA an imperfect agreement in which the government has been forced to pick winners and losers.
The president’s last ditch effort to woo House Democrats and their leader, Nancy Pelosi, failed.
President Obama pulled out all the stops in recent days, but it wasn't enough to convince House Democrats that he would negotiate a fair trade deal in the Pacific.
The fight over fast-track trade authority increasingly resembles a Shakespearean tragedy.
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Events in Washington this week on the proposed historic 12-member Trans-Pacific trade agreement have had all the key elements of a Shakespearean tragedy. A resolute, noble and well-intentioned ruler (played…
If the proposals are agreed, they could delay the market entry of generic medicines in the region – and the impact will be felt around the world.
Seven rounds of negotiations for the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership have already taken place with virtually no public debate. The next round of negotiations begins today in Kyoto, Japan.
Australian cattle wait to be loaded onto a ship to Indonesia. Their voyage to the United States would be even longer.
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Australia's cattle industry is keen to begin live exports to the United States. But America is very different to existing live export markets such as Indonesia, making the move much more ethically fraught.
Senator Warren has had pointed words on the subject of TPA.
While the Obama Administration vociferously disagrees, Trade Promotion Authority opens the door to watering down financial reform.
Agriculture remains a major employer in Australia but the challenges of competition, food security and climate change are on the horizon.
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As the Coalition government prepares its second budget, how is the "five pillar" economy promised by Tony Abbott faring?
Amidst the hugging of cuddly animals, G20 leaders talked growth.
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In April, Treasurer Joe Hockey set the tone for his economics policies in a speech in New York on what he referred to as ending the “entitlement culture”. Hockey, who had given a defining speech in 2012…