USTR - Fact Sheet SHEET: Successes in Reducing Technical Barriers to Trade to Open Markets for American Exports Standards-related measures can be an effective and efficient means of achieving legitimate commercial and policy objectives.  But when such measures are overly burdensome, discriminatory, or otherwise inappropriate, they can hamper U.S. exports and create unwarranted technical barriers to trade.  In 2013, the Obama Administration opened markets by resolving unwarranted technical barriers to trade that applied to a wide range of safe, quality products, including manufactured goods and agricultural products. SHEET: 2014 National Trade Estimate Report Major DevelopmentsThe National Trade Estimate Report provides an inventory of the most important foreign barriers affecting U.S. exports of goods and services, foreign direct investment by U.S. persons, and protection of intellectual property rights.  Such an inventory enhances awareness of these trade restrictions and facilitates negotiations aimed at reducing or eliminating these barriers.  The report covers significant barriers, whether they are consistent or inconsistent with international trading rules. SHEET: Obama Administration Removes Barriers to Food and Agriculture Exports In 2013, the Obama Administration opened markets worldwide by resolving unwarranted sanitary (human and animal health) and phytosanitary (plant health) barriers to the exportation of a wide range of food and agricultural products.  While each country should implement necessary measures to protect human, animal, and plant health, some countries impose arbitrary import restrictions to protect their products from foreign competition.  Expanding U.S. 2014-03-31T04:00:00Fact Sheet: U.S.-Korea Agreement 2nd AnniversaryTWO YEARS OF ENHANCED OPPORTUNITIES:  THE U.S.-KOREA FREE TRADE AGREEMENT Objectives, U.S. Benefits In the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership: A Detailed ViewIn June 2013, President Obama, European Council President Van Rompuy and European Commission President Barroso announced that the United States and the European Union (EU) would launch negotiations on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP) agreement.  The T-TIP is intended to be an ambitious and comprehensive trade agreement that significantly expands trade and investment between the United States and the EU, increases economic growth, jobs, and international competitiveness, and addresses global issues of common concern. SHEET: Values Driving U.S. Trade PolicyThe Obama Administration is committed to a trade policy that provides new opportunities for workers and that supports economic growth by opening markets, enforcing our agreements, and leveling the playing field for our workers.  The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (T-TIP), and other negotiations offer new opportunities to advance this agenda, consistent with American interests and American values, including putting labor and environmental protections at the core of trade policy and protecting and promoting innovation. SHEET: Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) SigningsGovernment to Government Signings U.S. –China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade Fact Sheet U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, together with Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang, co-chaired the 24th U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) in Beijing, China on December 19th – 20th, 2013.  They were joined by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to address agricultural concerns.  Other participants included U.S. Ambassador to China Gary Locke, U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Leocadia Zak, and representatives from the State and Treasury Departments. Trans-Pacific Partnership: Economic Benefits On December 10, 2013, the United States and Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam, announced substantial progress toward the completion of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations. Food Security, Facilitating Competition, Enhancing Exports: New Multilateral Agriculture Provisions at the WTOAgriculture and trade in agricultural goods support families and communities around the world – and agriculture is a key part of almost every World Trade Organization Member’s trade.   The new multilateral agreement struck by the WTO Membership at the 9th Ministerial Conference in Bali, Indonesia takes important steps to address some key issues with regard to agricultural trade.