“This shows that the direction of a bilateral trade agreement will not change, just as an aircraft carrier cannot quickly change the direction of its trajectory,” Chen said. In a separate decision, the USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service concluded, following a multi-year review of U.S. food safety legislation for countries exporting meat, poultry and egg products to the United States, that Brazilian food safety standards for meat products such as beef are equivalent to those of the United States. As a result, the United States may import fresh, chilled or frozen beef from Brazil.  In September 2016, five farms were considered eligible for export of fresh beef to the United States and expectations of increased trade were high.  14: USTR Froman and Canada`s Minister of International Free Trade countries meet in Washington, D.C., to discuss negotiations with softwood languages. The Professional Services Working Group focused on possible efforts to promote trade in professional services. The last official TIFA consultation took place in October 2016. However, MOFA pointed out that U.S. officials have since visited Taiwan and discussed trade issues, albeit outside the tifa framework.
Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs): Work to improve cooperation to promote trade and investment opportunities for SMEs in the US and THE EU continued. The seventh WORKSHOP on SMEs between the US and the EU was held in June 2016 in Tallinn, Estonia, to exchange best practices and discuss issues such as access to finance, intellectual property rights (IDR), access to standards and entrepreneurship. U.S. and EU negotiators from the TTIP SME chapter also met with SME representatives at the workshop to discuss their TTIP needs and expectations. In addition, the United States and the EU have worked together to help SMEs organize events at several international fairs and at a business cluster matching event to help SMEs find strategic partners in areas of common interest.  This section includes safeguards in the provisions managed by the Commission, including comprehensive safeguards under Sections 201-204 of the Trade Act 1974 and safeguards in various bilateral free trade agreements. U.S. Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and environment Keith Krach also concluded a visit to Taiwan in September and discussed improving economic relations, hoping that formal trade negotiations could take place before the end of the year, Chen said.
Most of the remaining U.S. imports ($59.1 million) under the HOPE Acts in 2016 were introduced under Earned`s import environmental assistance program, a special trade program created in 2008 under HOPE II that allows duty-free importation of certain Haitian-made garments into the United States.  In 2016, U.S. apparel imports from Haiti increased 3.0 percent to $59.1 million from $57.4 million in 2015. As in previous years, no U.S. apparel imports were introduced in 2016, in accordance with HTS 9820.61.45, one of the HELP provisions added in 2010, which allows unlimited duty-free imports of certain knitted garments to be imported. For the first time since 2010, when HTS 9820.63.05, a provision for household products was also added under HELP, a small amount ($5,000) of U.S. imports of household products from Haiti under the HELP Act in 2016. United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Conference of the Parties (COP) at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), session 21st Paris Convention . unfccc.int/files/meetings/paris_nov_2015/application/pdf/paris_agreement_english_.pdf.
March 18, 2016