WTO notification of CPTPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership)

The impetus for the Trans-Pacific Partnership began in 2005 involving Brunei, Chile, New Zealand, and Singapore.

In 2008, President George W. Bush announced that the United States would begin trade talks with the group, with  Australia, Vietnam, and Peru  also joining.  The group continued to expand with Canada, Japan, Malaysia, and Mexico being added later.

The participating countries came to an agreement in October 2015 and signed the pact in early 2016.

When Donald trump became president in January 2017 he withdrew the US from the agreement, but the remaining eleven countries proceeded without them. In six days it will start to come into force.

Agreement name: Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP)

Type: Free Trade Agreement & Economic Integration Agreement

Date of signature: 08-Mar-2018

Date of notification: 20-Dec-2018

Dates of entry into Force: 30 December 2018 for Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand, Singapore and 14 January 2019 for Viet Nam. For the rest of the Parties, entry into force would be in accordance with Article 3 (Entry into Force), paragraph 2, of the CPTPP.

Current (and original) signatories: Australia; Brunei Darussalam; Canada; Chile; Japan; Malaysia; Mexico; New Zealand; Peru; Singapore; Viet Nam


Work towards the TPP began in new Zealand under Helen Clark’;s Labour led Government, continued under John Key’s National led Government, and was finalised under Jacinda Ardern’s Labour loed Government (with National’s support).