USTR publishes full text of TPP agreement

Free-trade supporters and opponents alike have eagerly waited for the Trans-Pacific Partnership document, which includes detailed charts showing negotiated reductions in tariff rates by commodity and when they go into effect, to be made publicly available.

USTR publishes full text of TPP agreement

Free-trade supporters and opponents alike have eagerly waited for the Trans-Pacific Partnership document, which includes detailed charts showing negotiated reductions in tariff rates by commodity and when they go into effect, to be made publicly available.

USTR publishes full text of TPP agreement

Free-trade supporters and opponents alike have eagerly waited for the Trans-Pacific Partnership document, which includes detailed charts showing negotiated reductions in tariff rates by commodity and when they go into effect, to be made publicly available.

 
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative on Thursday released the full text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement that was signed by a dozen countries in Asia and the Americas last month.
    Free-trade supporters and opponents alike have eagerly waited for the document to be made publicly available. It includes detailed charts showing negotiated reductions in tariff rates by commodity and when they go into effect, as well as chapters dealing with labor, the environment, intellectual property rights protection and other standards that signatories must adhere to.
    The document, which is designed to make the ratification process more transparent, will be available for review for 90 days before Congress votes to ratify and President Obama can officially sign it.
    "First and foremost, TPP will position Americans to compete and win in tomorrow’s global economy," Trade Representative Michael Froman said in a statement. "This is the first trade agreement to put a real focus on American small businesses who will gain powerful tools to help them export. This is the first trade agreement to put disciplines on state-owned enterprises to make sure that when they compete against our private firms, there’s a level playing field. And this is the first trade agreement to take on the digital economy, ensuring that individual and businesses in America and around the world will benefit from the expanding opportunities offered by a free and open Internet.
    “Those are just three innovative ways that TPP advances what President Obama has called ‘middle-class economics — the idea that the country does best when everybody has got a fair shot, everybody is doing their fair share, everybody is playing by the same rules.’ Importantly, TPP is also the largest tax cut on American exports in a generation, slashing over 18,000 individual taxes on the products American manufacturers make, American farmers grow, and American innovators create. By selling more Made-in-America products around the world, we’ll support more high-paying jobs here at home.
   “American values will be advanced along with our interests. With this agreement, we have an opportunity not only to promote growth, but to shape the framework in which that growth takes place. For example, through TPP, hundreds of millions of workers will have their basic labor rights recognized and gain tools to protect those rights. Our oceans, forests, and wildlife will gain important new protections, too, thanks to the highest environmental standards of any regional trade agreement. By making these commitments fully enforceable, TPP will help ensure that trade-driven growth is inclusive and sustainable.
    “I would also encourage everyone to take a moment to consider the costs of not moving forward with this agreement," he added. "U.S. leadership in writing the rules of the road for trade in the Asia-Pacific region is critical. After all, this isn’t everyone’s approach to trade. Other countries, such as China, are already moving forward with deals that don’t reflect our interests and our values. Failure to pass TPP would come at a high price here at home: jobs lost, wages cut, and opportunity squandered. TPP promises to shape a better tomorrow: a global economy where more Americans get a fair shot, a U.S. economy with more higher-paying jobs, and American households with paychecks that go further.
    “The ultimate decision as to whether the United States leads on trade remains with America’s elected representatives, and we’ll continue to work closely with Congress and all stakeholders to ensure this agreement can begin delivering on its promise as soon as possible. As we continue this important conversation, I’m confident the American people will see this historic agreement for what it is: trade done right.”

I really can’t think of a worse response to the myth of the driver solution than to reduce the driver age or reduce the already low standards to get a CDL.

The Port of Virginia’s container volumes rose 10.1% year-over-year in May to 260,894 TEUs, which included 119,592 TEUs of loaded imports, 88,065 TEUs of loaded exports and 53,237 TEUs of empty containers.

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