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2014 Media Kit

International Trade

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Botched customs upgrade cuts off Congo’s second city

Reuters | September 30, 2014 | International Trade

A month ago, Democratic Republic of Congo’s 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 »

Ford sees rising pre-tax margins in Asia, Europe

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

Ford Motor Co expects a 2015 pre-tax loss of about $250 million in Europe, although it still is targeting a return to profitability, executives told investors at a meeting Monday near company headquarters. Read More »

Young EU farmers struggle as Russian sanctions bite

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

The neat rows of manicured trees seem a world away from the barricades of eastern Ukraine, but political tensions between the European Union and Russia are reverberating in Fabio Lambertini's pear farm in the tranquil Italian countryside. Read More »

Ukraine leader clings to European goal despite Putin

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has secured a temporary peace in the troubled east which he says gives him a chance to move Ukraine towards its dream of a place in Europe - but Russia's Vladimir Putin still holds cards that could thwart him. Read More »

Russia cannot change EU-Ukraine deal

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

Russia will not be allowed to amend a free-trade deal between the European Union and Ukraine, the woman set to become the EU's new trade chief said on Monday, rejecting Moscow's demands. Read More »

India’s textiles, apparel exports to rise by 10% this year

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

India's cotton and apparel exports are set to climb by around 10 percent this year as higher wages, political instability and concerns about workplace conditions in other producing markets steer international buyers toward Indian exporters, industry officials said. Read More »

Big shift in China economy to ‘disrupt’ Western retailers

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

China's role in supplying cheap consumer goods to the West could end in coming years due to rising domestic consumption and worker pay, stoking inflation and unsettling retailers in Western markets, the chairman of logistics group Li & Fung warned. Read More »

Commodity Prices Retreat to Lowest Level of 2014: Scotiabank

Marketwired | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

Scotiabank’s Commodity Price Index lost ground in August, declining a sharp 5.4% month-over-month (m/m). According to the report, while the All Items Index remained 3.3% above the late 2013 bottom, commodity prices could well retest this low in September. Read More »

China to overhaul coal resource taxes

Reuters | September 29, 2014 | International Trade

China will impose a new resource tax on coal from Dec. 1 and will cancel a series of existing charges, its cabinet said on Monday, in a move to simplify the tax structure for struggling coal producers. Read More »

Russia Targets Oil Oligarch Yevtushenkov

Reuters | September 28, 2014 | Energy | International Trade

Russia moved to wrest control of an oil company from oligarch Vladimir Yevtushenkov on Friday, seizing his conglomerate Sistema's shares in the firm and deepening investors' fears the Kremlin wants to reclaim prized state assets. Read More »

US Joins Anti-Piracy Organization

AJOT | September 28, 2014 | International Trade | Liner Shipping

The U.S. will become the 20th nation to join the Regional Cooperation Agreement on Combating Piracy and Armed Robbery against Ships in Asia (ReCAAP). Read More »

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