Trade Agreements

Trade Agreements

Commentary

President Obama once again called for dramatically improving U.S. infrastructure and receiving expanded powers to finalize two major trade pacts during last night’s State of the Union address.

News & Analysis

24 Jun 2015
The U.S. Senate Wednesday voted to renew trade promotion authority for the first time in nearly eight years, setting the stage for the a Pacific Rim partnership that some have heralded as the largest trade pact in history.
04 Jun 2015
The U.S. and European Union are in talks over a new trade deal that could give shipping lines greater bargaining power over port services and give multimodal operators priority to tap inland freight connections, according to documents shared Wednesday by Wikileaks.
22 May 2015
A long-awaited Pacific trade deal between the U.S. and other Pacific Ring nations cleared another hurdle Friday evening. In a 61-38 vote, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to renew trade promotion authority for the country’s president.
12 May 2015
A long-awaited Pacific trade deal between the U.S. and other Pacific Ring nations hangs in limbo now after failing to muster enough support in the U.S. Senate.
30 Apr 2015
The Philippines, one of the world’s fastest growing economies, wants to be known within the maritime industry for being more than the No. 1 provider of commercial seafarers.
28 Apr 2015
The WTO’s Trade Facilitation Agreement, when ratified, will simplify and harmonize the flow of trade information from shippers and other supply chain partners into agencies responsible for monitoring and regulating trade.
22 Apr 2015
India and Bangladesh agreed to extend an earlier protocol dealing with “inland water transit and trade” cooperation between the two countries, with provision for automatic renewal in line with a proposed amendment to the Bangladesh-India trade agreement, the Indian Ministry of Shipping said in a written statement.
21 Apr 2015
International trade supports nearly 6.9 million U.S. retail jobs, according to a study commissioned by the National Retail Federation in support of free-trade initiatives.
10 Apr 2015
The Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association wants to join a Teamster-led lawsuit challenging the Obama administration's decision to allow Mexican carriers to apply for U.S. authority.