Bilateral integration
EU, Japan seal free trade in signal to Trump
Thursday, July 6, 2017

Japan and the European Union agreed a free trade pact on Thursday to create the world's biggest open economic area and signal resistance to what they see as U.S. President Donald Trump's protectionist turn.

EU, Japan Trade Negotiators Ramp Up Efforts to Conclude "Political Agreement"
Thursday, June 29, 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Negotiators from the EU and Japan are ramping up their work to clinch a bilateral trade agreement, with reports suggesting that the two sides are tentatively hoping to have a political deal in place by this year’s G20 leaders’ summit.



US, New Zealand Officials Look to Deepen Trade Ties
Thursday, June 22, 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

US and New Zealand officials are exploring options to deepen bilateral trade ties, with the possibility of formal trade talks being floated.

US and UK to start trade talks next month to ensure deal soon after Brexit
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
The Telegraph

The trade talks with the US will kick off next month as British officials start to scope out plans for a deal, with the aim of setting up a free trade agreement as soon as possible after Brexit.

U.S. pork industry chief eager for early trade deal with Japan after Trump’s TPP withdrawal
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The Japan Times

A U.S. pork industry leader has expressed strong hopes to see Washington and Tokyo quickly strike a free trade agreement, following the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw America from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

EFTA and Mexico hold fourth round of negotiations on a review of the EFTA-Mexico Free Trade Agreement
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
European Free Trade Association

During a fourth round of negotiations held from 6 to 9 June 2017 in Mexico City, delegations from the four EFTA States and Mexico continued their negotiations on a review of their Free Trade Agreement.

Australia, Peru Kick Off FTA Talks
Thursday, June 1, 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Australian and Peruvian trade officials announced last week the start of formal talks towards reaching a free trade agreement (FTA), with the first negotiating round scheduled for July.

Brazil and South Africa Vow to Strengthen Trade and Economic Ties
Friday, May 19, 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

Economic and trade relations between Brazil and South Africa need to be strengthened, insisted Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, and her Brazilian counterpart Aloysio Nunes Ferreira following a bilateral meeting held in Pretoria, South

Canadian Senate Approves CETA Implementation Bill
Thursday, May 18, 2017
International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD)

The Canadian Senate approved legislation last week for implementing the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between Canada and the European Union. The move is one of the final stages before the two trading partners can begin the provisional application of the accord.

Australia and Hong Kong begin free trade agreement talks
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Sydney Morning Herald

Australia and Hong Kong began talks to secure a free trade agreement, Australia's trade minister Steven Ciobo said on Tuesday, that he said would focus on securing increased access for service providers and could be firmed up within a year.