Trade in Services Agreement
This is the secret February 2015 draft of the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) Annex on International Maritime Transport Services, including negotiating positions. TiSA is currently under negotiation between the United States, the European Union and 23 other countries. The Agreement creates an international legal regime which aims to deregulate and privatize the supply of services - which account for the majority of the economy across TiSA countries. The draft Annex concentrates on the privatization of maritime transport services in TiSA countries, opening up the maritime services industries to transnational companies and contractors. Affected services would include cargo and passenger transport, cargo handling, storage, warehousing and loading services. This text dates from the 11th round of TiSA negotiations held from 9-13 February 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.