International Trade

China export growth seen slowing, loans surging in January

Reuters | February 10, 2014 | International Trade

China's export and import growth likely cooled in January, a Reuters poll showed, underlining a broader slowdown in the world's second-largest economy, though the Lunar New Year holiday effect may overstate the soft momentum. Read More »

Fugitive owners of Bangladesh fire-disaster factory sent to jail

Reuters | February 10, 2014 | International Trade

Two fugitive owners of a Bangladesh garment factory turned themselves in on Sunday to face homicide charges for the deaths of 112 workers in the country's worst factory fire, a prosecutor said. Read More »

EU eyes warmer Cuba ties with push for new accord

Reuters | February 10, 2014 | International Trade

The European Union agreed to launch negotiations with Cuba to increase trade, investment and dialogue on human rights in its most significant diplomatic shift since Brussels lifted sanctions on the communist island in 2008. Read More »

Vilsack: Syngenta will sell GM corn strain unapproved by China

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

The world’s largest crop chemicals company, Syngenta AG, has commitments to sell its full supply of a genetically modified (GM) corn variety known as Agrisure Viptera or MIR 162 for the 2014 growing season, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said on Friday. Read More »

Swiss watch exports to China recover in December

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

Swiss watch exports to the important Chinese market improved in December, the Swiss watch federation (FH) said. Read More »

US Senate approves Baucus as ambassador to China

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve President Barack Obama's nomination of Senator Max Baucus, who has helped steer trade policy with China, as ambassador to Beijing. Read More »

Jobs data improves, but weak exports may hurt growth

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labor market outlook and the broader economy. Read More »

US targets businesses for evading sanctions on Iran

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

The Obama administration targeted a host of businesses across Europe and the Middle East for evading sanctions against Iran, a signal that Washington aims to keep pressure on Tehran over its nuclear program. Read More »

Planemakers look to ink Asia deals despite emerging market worries

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | Air Cargo | International Trade

Aerospace firms will finalize billions of dollars of deals at next week's Singapore Airshow, hoping to ride out a storm in emerging markets whose prosperity is vital to their plans to keep producing record numbers of jets. Read More »

Amazon tests Brazil’s retail jungle with its Kindle

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | International Trade

Amazon Inc. started selling its Kindle online in Brazil, expanding from ebooks into retail for the first time in Latin America's biggest and most challenging ecommerce market. Read More »

Ethiopian Airlines interested in 10 Boeing 777X

Reuters | February 07, 2014 | Air Cargo | International Trade

Ethiopian Airlines is in preliminary talks with Boeing that could lead to an order for 10 of the U.S. planemaker's latest model, the 777X, the airline's chief executive said. Read More »

Big Pharma pushes for US action against India over patent worries

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

Global pharmaceutical firms are pressuring the United States to act against India to stop more local companies producing up to a dozen new varieties of cheap generic drugs still on-patent, sources with direct knowledge of the matter said. Read More »

US trade deficit widens in December as exports fall

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

The U.S. trade deficit widened more than expected in December as exports fell, which could see the advance fourth-quarter growth estimate trimmed. Read More »

US trade bank launches operations in Myanmar

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

The Export-Import Bank of the United States said it launched operations in Myanmar, a move to support U.S. exporters against competitors and help reintegrate the country into the world economy. Read More »

EU ready to lift duties on most US goods for trade pact

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

The European Union will offer to lift tariffs on nearly all goods imported from the United States as part of negotiations towards the world's largest free-trade deal, people familiar with the proposal have told Reuters. Read More »

US jobless claims fall, weak exports push up trade deficit

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

The number of Americans filing new claims for unemployment benefits fell more than expected last week, in a boost to the labor market outlook and the broader economy. Read More »

Bangladesh garment factories intimidate workers over unions

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

Bangladeshi garment factory owners use beatings, the threat of murder and sexual intimidation to stop workers from forming trade unions, a human rights group said. Read More »

Canada’s trade deficit biggest in a year in December

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

Canada's trade deficit jumped to the highest level in a year in December, a government report showed, the latest in a series of disappointing economic figures that are expected to keep the Bank of Canada from raising interest rates this year. Read More »

US policy change on Cuba stalled - by Obama

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. relations with Cuba are at their best in almost two decades, but President Barack Obama seems unwilling or unable to confront a well-organized anti-Cuba lobby and push for further progress. Read More »

China cancels US corn purchases as GMO dispute drags on

Reuters | February 06, 2014 | International Trade

Chinese importers canceled purchases of four cargoes of U.S. corn this week, after one cargo was diverted to Vietnam last week, U.S. government data showed, as a dispute over an unapproved genetically modified strain remained unresolved. Read More »