USTR - Press Releasehttp://www.ustr.gov/node/64/205,61/10en-usU.S. Removes the Philippines from the Special 301 Watch ListWashington, D.C. – The Office of the United States Trade Representative announces today that it has removed the Philippines from the Special 301 Watch List.  http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/April/US-Removes-the-Philippines-from-the-Special-301-Watch-List2014-04-28T04:00:00United States and Philippines Commit to Intensified Engagement on TradeWashington, D.C. -- The United States and the Philippines today concluded a two-day meeting under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA), agreeing to a program of expanded engagement in coming months on bilateral, regional, and multilateral issues.   The meetings were chaired by Assistant U.S.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2014/March/US-and-Philippines-commit-to-intensified-engagement-on-trade2014-03-20T04:00:00Joint Press Statement TPP Ministerial Meeting Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei DarussalamJoint Press Statement TPP Ministerial Meeting Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei DarussalamBrunei, Darussalam – The ministers of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries have met jointly and bilaterally on August 22 and 23, 2013 to consider how to address key outstanding issues as negotiations toward a comprehensive, high-standard regional trade and investment agreement enter the final stage.   http://www.ustr.gov/Joint-Press-Statement-TPP-Ministerial-Brunei2013-08-23T04:00:00Joint Media Statement of USTR and the ASEAN Economic Ministers - Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam21 August 2013, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam  JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT  1. Consultations between the ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) and the United States Trade Representative (“the Ministers”) were held on 21 August 2013 in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam. The Consultations were co-chaired by The Hon. Pehin Dato Lim Jock Seng, Second Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Brunei Darussalam and H.E. Michael Froman, United States Trade Representative.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2013/august/aem-ustr-joint-statement2013-08-21T04:00:00United States, Philippines Sign Trade Facilitation ProtocolMeaningful Step in Elevating Trade Tieshttp://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2010/december/united-states-philippines-sign-trade-facilitation2011-11-13T05:00:00Ambassador Kirk Meets with Philippine Trade Secretary Domingo to Promote U.S.-Philippines Trade and InvestmentWASHINGTON, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk met today with Philippine Secretary of Trade and Industry Gregory Domingo to discuss bilateral, regional, and multilateral trade issues and to open a Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA) meeting, which will last through Friday. The Philippines is a key market in Southeast Asia for U.S. exporters of goods, services, and agricultural products. Two-way goods trade between the United States and Philippines totaled $15 billion in 2010. U.S.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2011/september/ambassador-kirk-meets-philippine-trade-secretary2011-09-21T04:00:00Ambassador Ron Kirk Announces U.S. Win in WTO Dispute Challenging Philippine Excise Taxes on Distilled SpiritsWashington, D.C. – United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has prevailed in a World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute with the Philippines challenging discriminatory Philippine excise taxes on imported distilled spirits. The Philippines imposes taxes on imported distilled spirits, such as whiskey and gin, at significantly higher rates than on domestic distilled spirits.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2011/august/ambassador-ron-kirk-announces-us-win-wto-dispute-ch2011-08-15T04:00:00Positive Outcome from Fourth Round of Trans-Pacific Partnership Negotiations WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States and the other Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) countries – Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Malaysia, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam – concluded the fourth round of negotiations in Auckland, New Zealand today, continuing to make steady progress across the range of issues under discussion. http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2010/december/positive-outcome-fourth-round-trans-pacific-partn2010-12-10T05:00:00United States Requests WTO Panel Over Philippine Excise TaxesWASHINGTON, D.C. - The Office of the United States Trade Representative announced today that the United States has requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) establish a dispute settlement panel regarding discriminatory taxes applied by the Philippines to distilled spirits. The Philippines applies tax rates to distilled spirits that differ depending on the product from which the spirit is distilled. The Philippines taxes distilled spirits made from certain materials that are typically produced in the Philippines, such as sugar and palm, at a low rate (e.g.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2010/march/united-states-requests-wto-panel-over-philippine-exc2010-03-26T04:00:00U.S. Files WTO Case Challenging Philippine Excise TaxesWashington, D.C. -- United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk announced today that the United States has requested World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement consultations with the Philippines regarding the Philippine excise taxes on imported distilled spirits such as whiskey and gin. The Philippines taxes imported distilled spirits at significantly higher rates than domestic distilled spirits.http://www.ustr.gov/about-us/press-office/press-releases/2010/january/us-files-wto-case-challenging-philippine-excise-ta2010-01-14T05:00:00