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US, Brazil close to ending cotton trade rift

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

The United States and Brazil are close to settling a decade-old trade dispute over cotton subsidies, Agriculture Minister Neri Geller told Reuters, in what would be the first concrete step to repair ties hurt by an espionage scandal. Read More »

US confident can find balance with EU on investor rights

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

The United States is keen to include investor protection in a trade pact being negotiated with the European Union and will work with EU officials to find the right balance, a senior U.S. trade official said. Read More »

No US ‘chlorine chicken’ in Europe, EU’s health nominee says

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

The EU's nominee for health chief pledged to oppose the import of some U.S. foodstuffs such as chemically-treated meat that Washington hopes to be able to sell to Europe under a planned multi-billion-dollar transatlantic trade deal. Read More »

Obama, Modi vow to boost strategic ties, create model for world

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. President Barack Obama and new Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi vowed to expand and deepen their countries' strategic partnership and make it a model for the rest of the world. Read More »

Modi must resist US pressure on drug patents

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi must not give in to U.S. pressure to change intellectual property laws which allow India to produce generic medicines poor people can afford, the medical charity Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said. Read More »

China regulator approves Apple’s iPhone 6 for sale in China

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

Apple Inc's iPhone 6 can now be sold in China, after the company received a licence for the device to be used on China's wireless networks, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology said on its website. Read More »

Import controls drive slide in Argentine industrial output

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

Argentine industrial output shrank in August as stricter import restrictions in the first month after the country's debt default hit manufacturers reliant on parts from abroad and recession in Brazil hurt demand for automobiles. Read More »

EU keeps Russia sanctions in place, sees “encouraging” signs

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

The European Union decided to keep in place a package of economic sanctions against Russia over its support for separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine despite what it called "encouraging developments" on the ground after a ceasefire deal. Read More »

Sweden’s Malmstrom wins EU lawmaker approval as trade chief

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

Sweden's Cecilia Malmstrom won European Parliament backing to become the European Union's next trade chief, people close to the matter said. Read More »

Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo’s second city

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo's (DRC) border post with Zambia, one of Africa's busiest land frontiers, went high-tech, with a web-based customs system that was meant to improve efficiency and eradicate corruption. Read More »

Intra-Africa trade key to boosting African economies

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

While international trade agreements such as AGOA (African Growth and Opportunity Act) and the recently announced Economic Partnership Agreement between European Union and Southern Africa are positive for the continent and should be encouraged, more emphasis needs to be placed on trade partnerships between African countries to drive seamless intra-Africa trade. Read More »

ICTSI Manila builds capacity

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

Despite a rise of over 40% in cargo movements since the lifting of the Manila truck ban, anticipation of a surge in trade with the sustained robust growth of the Philippine economy, and following approval from the government to develop more yard and road infrastructure, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. (ICTSI) is fast-tracking the construction of new yard facilities at the Manila International Container Terminal (MICT) and at a new 21-hectare inland container depot in Laguna. Read More »

OW Bunker strengthens North America operations with senior appointment 

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Ports & Terminals

OW Bunker, one of the world’s leading resellers and physical suppliers of marine fuels, today announced the appointment of Georgia Kounalakis to its physical supply operation in North America. Kounalakis, a highly experienced marine fuels professional, joins the region’s senior team to take on responsibility for business development and help to drive further sales growth across North America, in line with the company’s global expansion strategy.  Read More »

China gives 4 shipping lines $293 million to upgrade fleets

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | Liner Shipping

China has given four shipping lines including China Cosco 1.8 billion yuan ($293.3 million) in subsidies to encourage them to retire and upgrade their vessels, the four companies said. Read More »

WWPC project experts from India and Belgium combine resources for significant Hydropower project

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

WWPC project experts from India and Belgium combine resources for significant Hydropower project

Express Global Logistics Pvt Ltd (formerly known as Express Transport Pvt Ltd), a member of the Worldwide Project Consortium WWPC in India, recently executed one of the largest hydroelectric projects undertaken by the client in DRC, a leading EPC company based out of India with large interests in Africa in various verticals including Power, Telecom, Substations, Sugar Plants, Farming etc. Read More »

Starring role for Stellar on Bobo expansion

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Projects

Stellar Logistics has managed the transportation of multiple heavy and out of gauge shipments, sourced internationally, for the Bobo Expansion Project phase II and III, in Burkina Faso, which is being managed by international engineering, procurement and construction company, Telemenia. Read More »

Etihad Rail set to launch next phase of UAE railway network

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | Intermodal | Rail

The United Arab Emirates' railway developer Etihad Rail is set to secure government funding and award contracts to build the second phase of its $11 billion national rail network, its acting chief executive officer said. Read More »

Wells appointed Director Healthcare Service Solutions

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Wells appointed Director Healthcare Service Solutions

IJS Global has further boosted its specialist healthcare division with the appointment of Josette Wells to the newly created position of Director – Healthcare Service Solutions. She joins the multi-modal operator from Shire Pharmaceuticals where she spent eight years – the last two as an associate director - responsible for global logistics and distribution. Read More »

Agility wins CSR Award for ‘Best Solution for Sustainability’

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Transport Intermediaries

Agility, a leading global logistics provider, recently won the Best Solution for Sustainability award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category of the Asian Manufacturing Awards 2014. Read More »

AmeraMex International acquires container handlers with retail value of $2.5 million

AJOT | September 30, 2014 | Breakbulk & Projects | Ports & Terminals

AmeraMex International, Inc., a provider of heavy equipment for logistics companies (stevedoring/shipping), infrastructure construction, commercial farming and mining companies, announced that it has acquired a number of used container handlers for sale. Read More »

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