By  on January 15, 2013

WASHINGTON — U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk notified Congress on Wednesday that the U.S. plans to enter into negotiations with 20 countries on a new international services agreement, which could have implications for retailers.

The negotiations will begin in Geneva within the next 90 days with 20 trading partners that represent nearly two-thirds of global trade in services. The initial group of trading partners will include the European Union, Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Hong Kong, China, Iceland, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Peru, Switzerland and Turkey.

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