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Canada launches trade talks with Mercosur South American trading bloc

After signing the CPTPP trade deal in Chile on Thursday, Canada’s trade minister flew to Paraguay to announce the launch of formal negotiations on a free trade deal with the Mercosur trade bloc on Friday morning. Mercosur’s current membership consists of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay, making it the fourth largest trading bloc in the… Read more »

Trade minister promises to “proceed expeditiously” with ratifying CPTPP

Canada and ten other Pacific countries are officially signing the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) this afternoon in Santiago, Chile. This isn’t the first time Canada has signed a deal with the words “Trans-Pacific Partnership” in the name. The Liberal government also signed the original TPP in New Zealand in February 2016,… Read more »

Conflicting reports on whether a tentative TPP deal has been reached

Multiple media outlets, including Reuters and Inside Trade, are reporting an agreement-in-principle has been reached between the 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations in Vietnam this week. However, Canada’s trade minister denies there’s a tentative deal, a day before world leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S President Donald Trump and Chinese President… Read more »

Remaining TPP Countries Meet in Chile

The 11 remaining countries in the Trans-Pacific Partnership met on the sidelines of Asia Pacific trade talks in Chile yesterday to discuss the future of the TPP now that the U.S. has withdrawn. “The participating partners reiterated their firm commitment to collaborate in keeping markets open and to the free flow of goods, services and… Read more »