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TIMELINE

 

Free trade agreements between negotiating parties:

 

1983

  • Australia New Zealand Closer Economic Relations Trade Agreement (ANZCERTA) (into force 1983)

 

1989

  • ANZCERTA services protocol (into force 1989)

 

2000

  • New Zealand Singapore Closer Economic Partnership Agreement (into force January 2001)
  • US - Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement (into force December 2001)

 

2003

  • US - Singapore Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2004)
  • US - Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2004)
  • Singapore Australia Free Trade Agreement (into force July 2003)

 

2004

  • US - Australia Free Trade Agreement (into force January 2005)

 

2005

  • Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership Agreement (P4) (into force May 2006 NZ and Singapore, November 2006 Chile, July 2009 Brunei)

 

2006

  • US - Peru Free Trade Agreement (into force February 2009)
  • Peru – Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force August 2009)

 

2008

  • Australia – Chile Free Trade Agreement (into force March 2009)
  • Peru – Singapore Free Trade Agreement (into force August 2009)

 

TPP Timeline

2008

February

  • President Bush announces the US will join P4 negotiations on financial services and investment
  • Call for submissions by the NZ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade on US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

 

March

  • First round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

 

June

  • Second round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations

 

September

  • Third round of US/P4 financial services and investment negotiations
  • President Bush announces negotiations for US to accede to P4 to form a Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Bush invites Australia, Peru and Vietnam to join TPPA negotiations

 

October

  • NZ MFAT calls for submissions on the comprehensive US/P4 negotiations
  • Australia DFAT calls for submissions on Australia’s participation in the TPPA negotiations

 

November

  • Peru and Australia announce their participation in TPPA negotiations, with Vietnam initially as an observer
  • Barack Obama wins the US presidential election

 

2009

January

  • USTR calls for public comments on proposed TPPA

 

February

  • Letter is sent by 54 Members of US Congress to Obama opposing the TPPA
  • Obama administration announces deferral of TPPA negotiations for an unspecified period

 

March

  • USTR hearings conducted on TPPA
  • Letter is sent by 45 members of the US Congress to Obama supporting the TPPA
  • First round of TPPA negotiations scheduled for 30 March is cancelled
  • US Public Hearings on TPPA held

 

2010

 

March

  • US Congressional hearings on the TPPA held
  • First round of TPPA negotiations held 15-19 March in Melbourne, Australia
 

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