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Mitch Landrieu

Negotiator: Other nations interested in Pacific Rim deal

One of the negotiators of the Pacific Rim trade agreement said Tuesday that since the deal was reached in October, about 13 other countries have requested information about the Trans-Pacific Partnership and some have wanted to join it.

"I said it was way too late to be part of it," Robert Holleyman told port and business representatives Tuesday at a luncheon roundtable in New Orleans, the nation's eighth-largest export market. But he said the interest shows there's a great chance to extend standards that it sets, including environmental protection and bans on child and forced labor.

President Barack Obama has said securing Congress' approval of the pact is a top...

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