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Finish trade talks without Japan: SSINA

Keywords: Tags  steel, specialty steel, Specialty Steel Industry of North America, SSINA, David Hartquist, Japan, USTR, United States Trade Representative Michael Froman

NEW YORK — U.S. Trade Representative Michael B. Froman should "swiftly conclude negotiations to establish the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) free-trade agreement without further participation by Japan," the Specialty Steel Industry of North America (SSINA) said in a letter dated April 15.

SSINA counsel David A. Hartquist noted concern over "reports that continued intransigence by the government of Japan on a variety of market access-related issues is preventing the TPP negotiations from proceeding."

SSINA cited frustration stemming from its membership’s "inability to compete for business in the Japanese market," which it attributed to "the failure of the Japanese government to come forward with meaningful market-access offers."

The agreement looks to expand export access for American goods and services in the Asia-Pacific region, which "has the prospect to generate significant benefits for SSINA’s members, which account for virtually all of the production of specialty steel in North America."

SSINA members include Pittsburgh-based ATI Allegheny Ludlum Corp., Wyomissing, Pa.-based Carpenter Technology Corp. and Bridgeville, Pa.-based Universal Stainless & Alloy Products Inc.

Taking part in the TPP negotiations with the United States are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam.

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