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

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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


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

United States and East African Community Launch Discussions on New Trade and Investment Initiative

Today, the United States launched exploratory discussions during a meeting with the East African Community (EAC) in Arusha on a potential new trade and investment partnership. Ambassador Alfonso Lenhardt, the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania who is also accredited as the U.S. Ambassador to the EAC, opened the meeting. Assistant United States Trade Representative for African Affairs, Florie Liser, led an interagency team of representatives from the Departments of State, Commerce, and Agriculture, as well as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in the day-long consultations.

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Office of the United States Trade Representative, Nov 9, 2011

November 9, 2011 at 11:01 am

European Council’s Way Out of the Debt Crisis

The Euro Summit on 26 October agreed on a comprehensive set of measures to address the current tensions in financial markets and restore confidence.

“We do not want to repeat some of the errors from the recent past,” said Herman Van Rompuy, President of the European Council, who chaired the meeting. “In taking today’s decisions, we lay the foundations for our future. All members of the Euro Summit are determined to follow this path.”

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European Council. Oct 26, 2011

October 31, 2011 at 1:56 pm

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