On June 28, 2018, Mexico was the first country to end its internal ratification process of the CPTPP, with President Enrique Pea Nieto declaring: “With this next-generation agreement, Mexico is diversifying its economic relations with the world and demonstrating its commitment to openness and free trade.”   For the CPTPP, the NIA was published on 21 February 2018 to help Parliament balance the costs and benefits of New Zealand`s signing of CPTPP and, on 9 March 2018, it was updated with further details regarding the subsidiary letters signed with the agreement. The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), also known as TPP11 or TPP-11, is a trade agreement between Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam. It was born out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which never came into force because of the withdrawal of the United States. At the time of its signing, the 11 economies of national economies accounted for 13.4% of the world`s Gross Domestic Product (approximately $13.5 trillion), making the CPTP the third largest free trade area after GDP after the US-Mexico agreement, the European Single Market and possibly after the Comprehensive Regional Economic Partnership signed in 2020. In January 2018, the UK government said it was studying membership of the CPTP to boost exports after Brexit and held informal discussions with several members.  The country has an overseas territory, the Pitcairn Islands, in the Pacific Ocean.  In October 2018, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said he wanted the UK to join the partnership after Brexit.  In a joint article with Simon Birmingham, David Parker and Chan Chun Sing, Trade Ministers of Australia, New Zealand and Singapore, UK Trade Minister Liz Truss expressed the UK`s intention to join the CPTPP.  Please visit the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade website for full information on the CPTPP.
A4: The CPTPP has plenty of room for growth, both among its signatories and among other interested nations. Brunei, Chile, Malaysia and Peru signed the CPTP in March 2018, but did not ratify the agreement within their national governments. Of the four, Chile is the closest; Its lower-party body approved membership in April, but its Senate has not yet ratified it, although it is expected to do so without much opposition. Brunei has remained silent on the chances of its accession before 2020 and Malaysian officials have expressed concern about its ratification. After obtaining a permit in March 2019, the Peruvian government appears to have stalled. During the round of negotiations, held in parallel with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum in Vietnam in November 2017, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to sign the principle of the agreement and expressed reservations about the cultural and automotive provisions. The media in Australia, New Zealand and Japan, which strongly supported a rapid move towards an agreement, strongly criticized what they described as Canadian sabotage.  The agreement between Australia, Canada, Japan, Mexico, New Zealand and Singapore came into force on December 30, 2018.
The CPTPP is the first trade agreement to contain a chapter on small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). However, Canada`s largest reserve was a conflict between the percentage of a vehicle that must come from a CPPP member country to enter duty-free, 45% less than the original TPP and 62.5% under NAFTA. Japan, a major automotive supplier, strongly supports lower requirements.  In January 2018, Canada announced that it would sign the CPTPP after receiving binding letters on culture with any other CPTPP member country, as well as bilateral agreements with Japan, Malaysia and Australia on non-tariff barriers.