The Obama administration claimed credit Monday for breaking down technical barriers to U.S. exports around the world, even as an ambitious trans-Pacific trade deal has stalled and an agreement with Europe remains far off.
President Obama set an ambitious goal three years ago of doubling U.S. exports and creating 3 million export jobs by 2015. But the White House has yet to see a single new trade deal through to fruition.
The president had hoped to wrap up the Trans-Pacific Partnership talks with 10 other countries last year, and conversations about a U.S.-European Union trade pact have barely begun.
With that backdrop, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative released three reports this week highlighting progress the administration has made in tackling technical barriers to trade.