USTR News Items

U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Represents Obama Administration in Baltimore for National Manufacturing Day

President’s lead trade adviser tours job-creating advanced manufacturing company, highlights manufacturing and exporting benefits that President Obama’s trade agenda will deliver for Maryland in discussions with workers and students 

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Press Week Ahead: October 6 - 10

Monday, October 6 Ambassador Froman will hold a press conference on the U.S. trade agenda with Representative Henry Cuellar (TX-28) at the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce.San Antonio, TexasOpen PressFor press inquiries, please contact Andrew Bates at ABates@ustr.eop.govTo RSVP, please contact Becky Bridges Dinnin at bdinnin@sachamber.org  

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Acting U.S. Trade Representative Sapiro Announces Section 301 Investigation of Ukraine

05/30/2013Washington, D.C. – Acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro announced today that the United States has initiated an investigation under section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 of the acts, policies, and practices of the Government of Ukraine that resulted in the identification of Ukraine as a Priority Foreign Country (PFC) in this month’s Special 301 Report.

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President’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda Calls for Continued Progress and Bold Steps to Support Greater Economic Growth and Jobs

03/01/2013Agenda outlines comprehensive plans for 2013 to open markets for U.S. exports, enforce U.S. trade rights, and sustain American leadership in international trade

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Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products

Washington, D.C. –United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2013, which identifies markets around the world that harm American businesses and undermine our workers, through the infringement of intellectual property rights (IPRs).

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Joint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement

Joint Statement of the Labor Subcommittee of the United States – Morocco Free Trade Agreement  Rabat, MoroccoSeptember 26, 2014

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Joint Press Statement of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Negotiating Parties

Tokyo, Japan – Today representatives from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Morocco, New Zealand, Singapore, Switzerland, and the United States reaffirmed their commitment to the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement at a Tokyo signing ceremony hosted by the Government of Japan.

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U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk Kicks Off USTR’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

05/15/2012Washington, D.C. – As part of World Trade Month, at an event to highlight the U.S.-Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement taking effect today, Ambassador Ron Kirk announced the beginning of USTR’s 50th anniversary celebration. He said:“World Trade Month is particularly special for me and my team, because this year we mark the 50th anniversary of the creation of USTR.

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USTR Announces Results of Special 301 Review of Notorious Markets

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today issued the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets. It identifies more than 30 markets that typify the problem of marketplaces that deal in goods and services that infringe on intellectual property rights (IPR) and help to sustain global piracy and counterfeiting.

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Statement from Ambassador Ron Kirk Regarding the Public Release of ACTA Text

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk today welcomed public release of the text of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) following the conclusion of the final round of negotiations in Tokyo, Japan, on October 2.

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USTR Removes Italy from the Special 301 Watch List

Washington, DC. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that it removes Italy from the Special 301 Watch List. 

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USTR Releases Statement of ACTA Negotiating Partners on Recent ACTA Negotiations

Washington, D.C. – Today the Office of the United States Trade Representative released a statement by the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiating partners regarding the recent round of ACTA negotiations in Tokyo, Japan:The 11th and final round of the negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was concluded successfully in Tokyo, Japan on October 2. The Government of Japan hosted the negotiations.

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United States and Brazil Reach Agreement to End WTO Cotton Dispute

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the United States and Brazil have reached agreement to settle the longstanding Cotton dispute in the World Trade Organization (WTO).  Under the terms of the agreement, Brazil will terminate the Cotton case, giving up its rights to countermeasures against U.S.

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Partners Sign Groundbreaking Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement

Agreement will protect American jobs in innovative and creative industriesTokyo, Japan- The United States and seven other countries signed the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) at a ceremony today in Tokyo, marking an important step forward in the international fight against trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy.

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U.S. Removes the Philippines from the Special 301 Watch List

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announces today that it has removed the Philippines from the Special 301 Watch List. 

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Press Week Ahead: September 21 - 26

Sunday, September 21 September 21-25, Ambassador Punke will lead the 8th round of negotiations for the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA).Geneva, SwitzerlandClosed Press Monday, September 22

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Kuwait Elevated to Special 301 “Priority Watch List”

Washington, D.C. - The United States Trade Representative Michael Froman announced today that Kuwait is being moved from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List.  The Special 301 Report identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. 

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Readout of Meeting between U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Japanese Minister for Economic and Fiscal Policy Akira Amari

Washington, D.C. - Ambassador Froman, Minister Amari and their teams met on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss the outstanding issues in our bilateral TPP negotiations, focusing on agriculture and autos.  While there were constructive working level discussions over the weekend, we were unable to make further progress on the key outstanding issues.

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Ambassador Froman Welcomes Senate Confirmation of Robert Holleyman

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today welcomed the United States Senate’s vote confirming Robert W. Holleyman II as Deputy United States Trade Representative. Holleyman was nominated in February by President Obama to help spearhead efforts on a range of important trade issues initially including services trade, intellectual property rights and issues impacting the United States’ relationship with countries in South and Central Asia as well as China. 

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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

To support American jobs that depend on innovation and creativity, USTR offers to develop Action Plans with trading partners to address IPR issues of concern

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United States Launches Section 301 Investigation into China’s Policies Affecting Trade and Investment in Green Technologies

Washington, D.C. − U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has initiated an investigation under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act with respect to acts, policies and practices of the Government of China affecting trade and investment in green technologies. The investigation has been initiated in response to a petition filed by the United Steelworkers (USW) on September 9, 2010.

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman Touts Texas as National Model For American Exporting, Promotes Historic U.S. Trade Agenda with Members of Congress

Top U.S. trade official underscores how President Obama’s trade agenda will unlock economic opportunity for Texans at events with Members of Congress and local businesses that are supporting additional jobs by exporting San Antonio, TX – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, the lead United States trade official, spotlighted Texas’ all-time high exports and discussed how the Obama Administration’s unprecedented trade agenda will build on that record by further unlocking economic opportunity for ...

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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).  Significant elements of the 2014 Special 301 Report include the following:

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USTR Announces Results of Special 301 Review of Notorious Markets

Washington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today spotlighted with concern more than 30 Internet and physical markets that exemplify key challenges in the global struggle against piracy and counterfeiting. Today’s announcement marks the conclusion of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, launched on October 1, 2010.

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U.S., Participants Finalize Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement Text

Washington, D.C. – Participants in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) negotiations announced today that they have finalized the text of the Agreement, after resolving the few issues that remained outstanding after the final round of negotiations in Tokyo.The participants are now publishing the finalized text of the agreement.

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Trade Enhancing Access to Medicines

Today at Round 8 of the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Chicago, IL, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued a white paper outlining a new USTR strategic initiative entitled “Trade Enhancing Access to Medicines (TEAM).” TEAM is designed to deploy the tools of trade policy to promote trade and reduce obstacles to access to both innovative and generic medicines, while supporting the innovation that is vital to developing new medicines and ...

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USTR Releases Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights

05/01/2013Washington, D.C. – Acting U.S. Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis announced today that the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released its annual “Special 301” Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and market access for persons that rely on IPR protection. Significant actions in this year’s report include the following: 

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U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Congressman Gregory Meeks Highlight JFK International Airport as Hub for International Trade, Get Close Up Look at Efforts to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking

New York, NY – U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman and Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY-5) today toured facilities at John F. Kennedy International Airport that serve to keep trade safe and help combat illegal trafficking in wildlife. At the event, Ambassador Froman and Congressman Meeks emphasized the benefits of President Obama’s trade agenda and highlighted the role that JFK International Airport plays in exporting Made-in-America goods while supporting high quality, local jobs.

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China Ends Wind Power Equipment Subsidies Challenged by the United States in WTO Dispute

Washington, D.C. − U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that China has ended certain wind power equipment subsidies. The United States had challenged the Special Fund for Wind Power Equipment Manufacturing (Special Fund) subsidies at the World Trade Organization (WTO) following an investigation initiated in response to a petition filed by the United Steelworkers (USW).

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USTR announces results of Out-of-Cycle-Review of El Salvador

Washington, DC.  – The Office of the United States Trade Representative today announced the results of its Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) of El Salvador. 

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