USTR - Press Releasehttp://www.ustr.gov/node/64/205,6/10en-usU.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces Departure of Chief Agricultural Negotiator SiddiquiU.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced that Chief Agricultural Negotiator Islam Siddiqui has announced his intention to depart the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative early next year.  Ambassador Siddiqui has served in the Obama Administration since 2010. http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/December/USTR-Froman-announces-departure-of-Chief-Agricultural-Negotiator-Siddiqui2013-12-12T05:00:00United States and Japan Streamline Organic Trade Across the PacificBaltimore, Maryland— The United States and Japan today announced that beginning January 1, 2014, organic products certified in Japan or in the United States may be sold as organic in either country.This partnership between two significant organic markets will streamline U.S. farmers’ and processors’ access to the growing Japanese organic market, benefiting the rapidly growing organic industry and supporting job creation and business growth on a global scale.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/september/us-japan-organic-trade-across-pacific2013-09-26T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Froman Announces FY 2014 WTO Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing ProductsWashington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the country-specific and first-come, first-served in-quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas (TRQs) on imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 (October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2014).http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/september/WTO-trq-for-sugar2013-09-17T04:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Froman, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack Announce Continued EU Market Access for American Producers of High-Quality BeefU.S. Trade Representative Froman, Secretary of Agriculture Vilsack Announce Continued EU Market Access for American Producers of High-Quality Beef Washington, DC – Today, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced that the European Union (EU) will continue to provide U.S. beef producers with significant access, at zero duty, to the EU market for high-quality beef produced from non-hormone-treated cattle.http://www.ustr.gov/Froman-Vilsack-Announce-Continued-EU-Market-Access-for-American-Beef-Producers2013-08-01T04:00:00Acting United States Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis Announces Obama Administration Accomplishments in 2012 in Reducing Trade Barriers04/01/2013Three Reports to Congress Show Continued Progress in Opening Markets for U.S. Exports of Goods and Serviceshttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/april/amb-marantis-accomplishments-nte-tbt-sps2013-04-01T04:00:00President’s 2013 Trade Policy Agenda Calls for Continued Progress and Bold Steps to Support Greater Economic Growth and Jobs 03/01/2013Agenda outlines comprehensive plans for 2013 to open markets for U.S. exports, enforce U.S. trade rights, and sustain American leadership in international tradehttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/march/presidents-2013-tpa2013-03-01T05:00:00Statement by U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Russia’s Suspension of U.S. Meat Imports02/11/2013Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement in response to Russia's suspension of U.S. meat imports: http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/february/amb-kirk-sec-vilsack-russia-meat-announcement2013-02-11T05:00:00U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Announce Agreement to Further Open Japan’s Market to U.S. Beef01/28/2013http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/january/ustr-kirk-ag-sec-vilsack-japan-beef-announcement2013-01-28T05:00:00United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Call on Russia to Suspend its New Testing Requirements for U.S. Meat Exports to Russia12/08/2012Washington, D.C. - United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk and United States Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today issued the following statement in response to Russia's new requirements that U.S. beef and pork exports to Russia be tested and certified free of the feed additive ractopamine:http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2012/december/kirk-vilsack-russia-meat-statement2012-12-08T05:00:00United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk Announces FY 2013 Tariff-Rate Quota Allocations for Raw Cane Sugar, Refined and Specialty Sugar and Sugar-Containing ProductsSeptember 11, 2012Washington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk today announced the country-specific in-quota allocations under the tariff-rate quotas on imported raw cane sugar, refined and specialty sugar and sugar-containing products for Fiscal Year (FY) 2013 (Oct. 1, 2012 through Sept. 30, 2013). Tariff-rate quotas allow countries to export specified quantities of a product to the United States at a relatively low tariff, but subject all imports of the product above a pre-determined threshold to a higher tariff.http://www.ustr.gov/node/77472012-09-12T04:00:00