The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a proposed free trade and investment agreement which began as an agreement between the four Pacific governments of Brunei Darussalam, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore. (This in turn was previously dubbed the P3 until Brunei was incorporated into the negotiating process). The P4, as it was then known was signed on 3 June 2005 and came into force on 1 January 2006 as the Trans-Pacific Strategic Economic Partnership.

In September 2008, the US Trade Representative announced that the US would negotiate entry into the P4 agreement, tentatively starting in March 2009. In November 2008, the governments of Australia, Peru and Vietnam announced their inclusion as well. Malaysia, Mexico, and Canada joined negotiations in 2010, while Japan joined in 2013 .

There have been mobilizations in several countries against the agreement, including in Aotearoa/New Zealand, the US, and Japan, where, in the latter case, resistance to the agreement has been widespread, particularly among farmers. New Zealand campaigners have warned that the US proposal for the TPP’s intellectual property provisions go much further than the WTO TRIPs or the US-Korea FTA threatening Maori culture and traditional knowledge, regulations on genetic modification and access to affordable medicines. Another major concern is the inclusion of investor-state dispute mechanisms within the proposed agreement.

Leaked drafts of the agreement are available here:

last update: August 2015


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  • 1-Dec-2015 El Contribuyente 77% de bienes mexicanos entrarán al TPP sin medidas de protección
    En cuanto entre en vigor dicho tratado, tres cuartas partes de productos mexicanos perderán los aranceles que apoyan su producción, en tanto que a México llegarán 90% de productos sin protección de los otros países miembros.
  • 1-Dec-2015 The Japan Times TPP mitigation must be effective
    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration unveiled an outline of measures to help domestic industries cope with the effects of the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact.
  • 1-Dec-2015 IP Watchdog TPP strengthens controversial IP arbitration
    While the agreement was being negotiated, the US Trade Representative stated that a much-criticized arbitration process included in the TPP would not apply to intellectual property. Turns out, it does apply to IP.
  • 30-Nov-2015 Adital Gobierno chileno sigue sin explicar los presuntos beneficios del Acuerdo Transpacífico
    La plataforma ciudadana Chile Mejor sin TPP [el acuerdo económico Transpacífico] critica lo que sería "irresponsabilidad” del Gobierno del Chile al pretender firmar un texto "sin haber realizado estudios que den claridad sobre sus consecuencias”.
  • 30-Nov-2015 ALAI TPP pretende romper integración latinoamericana utilizando a Perú como punta de lanza
    El TPP pretende romper la integración Latinoamericana utilizando a Perú como punta de lanza frente a UNASUR, CELAC y los gobiernos progresistas de la región.
  • 30-Nov-2015 ALAI El TPP, corona de la estrategia trasnacional
    "El objetivo nunca se ha restringido a la economía mundial, ni regional, ni se busca la prosperidad, la seguridad y sustentabilidad global, y menos la democracia, sino la transformación de las reglas del orden mundial a las necesidades de la globalización del capital transnacional."
  • 30-Nov-2015 The Bangkok Post Japan to help Thailand join TPP trade bloc, Somkid says
    At a meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mr Somkid said Japan had pledged to support Thailand joining the much-touted Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • 30-Nov-2015 The Tyee Another TPP loser? Canadian trades workers
    Trade where we don’t really get anything in return isn’t really ’trade’ at all.
  • 30-Nov-2015 The Jakarta Post State-enterprises under threat if Indonesia joins TPP: Experts
    "Our state-owned enterprises will be in under serious threat because until now they are under protective policies such as government tender"
  • 29-Nov-2015 Expect influx of foreign workers, professionals under TPP, experts say
    An influx of skilled foreign workers is expected under the Trans-Pacific Partnership, but the agreement also makes it easier for Canadians to work abroad. Whether the gains and losses will balance themselves out in Canada is up for debate among experts.
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  • AFTINET TPP campaign site
    Web page on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement maintained by the Australian Fair Trade and Investment Network
  • Flush the TPP!
    Stop the global corporate coup!
  • Help free the TPP!
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement—which some have come to refer to as "NAFTA on steroids"—could ultimately affect the lives of billions of people worldwide. Neither the public, the press, nor even the US Congress knows the full extent of what’s in the text being negotiated—but corporate lobbyists know what it contains. Help us raise a reward for WikiLeaks should it publish the negotiating text of the TPP!
  • It’s our future
    Website on the implications of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement for New Zealand
  • Jane Kelsey’s TPP (US-P4+) website
    This site is intended to provide a primary resource for the negotiations of the TPP. It is maintained by Jane Kelsey, an activist and researcher in New Zealand.
  • Moana Nui 2011
    Pua Mohala I Ka Po in collaboration with the International Forum on Globalization presents an international conference on Pacific transitions: "Moana Nui: Pacific peoples, lands and economies", November 9-11, 2011 Honolulu, Hawaii
  • New Zealand Not For Sale Campaign
    An extended P4 Agreement with the US, if it becomes reality, will be a mini-MAI for New Zealand. It must be stopped, at all costs.
  • Occupy TPPA
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) is a mega-treaty across nine or more countries. If the negotiations succeed they will put a straightjacket on the policies and laws our government can adopt for the next century. Corporations will gain massive new powers in Australia. Help us stop the TPPA!
  • Stop TPP & TiSA
    Stop TPP & TiSA Petition / Petición contra TPP y TiSA / Pétition contre TPP et TiSA
  • Stop TPP Action
    Japanese alliance website
  • TPP Watch
    TPPWatch is a network of concerned unions, groups and individuals formed to organise and support initiatives to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).
  • TPP: What you don’t know will hurt you
    Site run by Public Citizen in the US
  • TPPxBorder
    Cross-border network against the Trans-Pacific Partnership
  • Trans-Pacific Partnership Digest
    The website, supported by the University of Auckland, aims to provide an easily accessible and comprehensive database of resources for researchers, activists, officials and others to encourage informed debate and critical engagement with the issues arising from the proposed TPP agreement and to influence the negotiations.
  • US-NZ Council TPP page
    Section of the UN-New Zealand Council website dedicated to the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations