After numerous rounds of grueling negotiations over seven years, the 12 Pacific Rim countries committed to coming together to form wide-ranging trade pact known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) were able to announce on October 5 that they had reached agreement on the contents. The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei quickly issued a press…

Each year since 1996 – usually shortly after release of the Taiwan White Paper – AmCham Taipei has organized a week-long “Doorknock” mission to Washington, D.C. to exchange views with U.S. government executive agencies, Congressional offices, think tanks, and others concerned with U.S.-Taiwan bilateral economic relations. The trip is always extremely useful. It gives AmCham…

The latest annual USTR report provides an item-by-item update on the status of trade issues. Each year at the end of March, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) issues a National Trade Estimate Report on Foreign Trade Barriers, assessing the state of market access for American goods and services in countries around the…

As regular readers of this publication are well aware, the American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei is convinced that Taiwan’s participation in the emerging regional trade grouping known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will be absolutely essential for the future well-being of this economy. Exclusion from the TPP in the years ahead will diminish the…