Archive for November, 2011

U.S. and China Conclude 22nd Session of the Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade

Commerce, USTR and USDA welcome concrete results in trade negotiations, reiterate need to achieve greater market access for U.S. exporters

Chengdu, China – Today marked the conclusion of the 22nd session of the U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Chengdu, China. United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson co-chaired the JCCT along with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack also participated in the discussions.

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Office of the United States Trade Representative, Nov 21, 2011

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November 23, 2011 at 1:45 pm

KORUS FTA Ratified in Korean National Assembly

This morning, I am thrilled to announce that the U.S.-Korea Free Trade Agreement (KORUS) has been ratified in the Korean National Assembly. Passage of the agreement in today’s extempore session clears the way for a new level of cooperation and prosperity between our two nations. The agreement passed by a vote of 151-7, with all 14 KORUS implementation bills approved as well.

Nov 22, 2011
Tami Overby, President, U.S.-Korea Business Council
Vice President, Asia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
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November 23, 2011 at 9:44 am

Philippines, US Sign Customs Agreement

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines and United States signed a customs administration and trade facilitation agreement, a building block towards Philippines participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement.

The agreement was signed by United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo on the margins of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat, Manila Bulletin Publishing Corporation, Nov 14, 2011

November 17, 2011 at 8:50 am

President Obama signs bill, clearing way for smoother business travel to Asia-Pacific nations

President Barack Obama signed a bill Saturday making it easier for U.S. business travelers to access Asia-Pacific nations more freely and quickly.

Obama signed the measure just before taking the stage to address the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation CEO Summit in his native Hawaii, referring it to it as an “APEC business gold card.”

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Washington Post, Nov 12, 2011

November 15, 2011 at 10:00 am

US Department of Commerce Report on Trade in Goods and Service for September 2011

The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, through the Department of
Commerce, announced today that total September exports of $180.4 billion and imports of $223.5
billion resulted in a goods and services deficit of $43.1 billion, down from $44.9 billion in
August, revised. September exports were $2.5 billion more than August exports of $177.9
billion.

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Bureau of Economic Analysis, Nov 10, 2011

November 14, 2011 at 1:40 pm

USRBC Welcomes Working Party Approval of Russia’s WTO Accession Package

The U.S.-Russia Business Council is pleased to announce that today in Geneva the Working Party on Russia’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) reached a final agreement on the terms of Russia’s WTO accession and approved its accession package.

via USRBC, Nov 10, 2011

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November 11, 2011 at 10:45 am

Tariff Schedule Now Available

For the convenience of our readers, we have added a link in the sidebar of this blog to the United States Harmonized Tariff Schedule. At that website, you can download a .pdf of each chapter, including a change record and section notes.

November 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

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