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EU investigates Chinese plastic bag trade

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

The European Union is investigating whether Chinese plastic bag manufacturers are avoiding high EU import tariffs by channelling exports through a single firm that is subject to lower duties.

The European Commission, the EU's executive, said Read More »

Floods boost EU support for Pakistan trade breaks

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

The EU foreign affairs chief will urge EU states next month to back trade concessions for Pakistan as worries grow about the impact of devastating floods on the stability of its fragile government.

EU diplomats say support for such trade brea Read More »

Canada welcomes court suspension of EU seal ban

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

A European court has ordered the suspension of a EU import ban on seal products, according to a copy of the ruling provided by a Canadian Inuit group.

The ruling made by the European Court of Justice raises the stakes in a European Union trad Read More »

USTR appeals two findings in WTO Airbus ruling

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

The United States is appealing two elements of a World Trade Organization ruling on European government support for Airbus that it otherwise won, U.S. trade officials said. Read More »

Apparel ‘sticker shock’ worries retailers

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

Every day, the general manager of the Umgee USA apparel brand receives price quotes from Chinese vendors who stitch his trendy dresses and tops that end up at stores from Forever 21 to Macy's.

"Some of it is more expensive over there!" said S Read More »

Vietnam’s coffee exports surge 57.4% in August

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

Vietnam's coffee exports in August jumped 57.4 percent from the same month last year to an estimated 85,000 tons, or 1.42 million bags, the government said. Read More »

USDA acts to ease tight sugar supplies

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

The U.S. Agriculture Department said it will allow 2011 sugar imports to enter starting on Sept. 1, a month earlier than usual, and will also extend the deadline for 2010 imports by a month to Oct. 31.

"These actions are in response to increa Read More »

Mexico to rotate tarrifs to keep pressure on U.S.

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | International Trade

Mexico will periodically shuffle the U.S. goods it hits with retaliatory tariffs to keep up pressure on Washington until a decade-old trucking dispute is resolved, the economy minister said.

President Felipe Calderon's government slapped puni Read More »

Cost-cutter to head new LATAM Airlines Group

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | Air Cargo

The man picked to steer the airline that will result from a merger between LAN and TAM, Enrique Cueto, helped save Chile's flagship carrier from the brink of bankruptcy in the 1990s by cutting costs.

Starting as head of a tiny cargo carrier, Read More »

Thai Air in talks with Airbus, Boeing for 30 planes

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | Air Cargo

Thai Airways is negotiating with both Boeing Co and Airbus for a possible record order of 30 aircraft, a Thai Airways executive said, deepening speculation over the potential $9 billion purchase.

Airbus, a unit of European aerospace and defen Read More »

CMA CGM launches a new direct service from Asia to South America West Coast

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | Liner Shipping

CMA CGM is pleased to announce the launch of ACSA 2, a new direct service between Asia, Mexico and the West Coast of South America, operated in partnership with CSCL, Hanjin Shipping and Hyundai Merchant Marine.

This new joint service will st Read More »

Hapag-Lloyd adds additional vessel to New Orleans container service

AJOT | August 24, 2010 | Liner Shipping

Hapag-Lloyd ' one of the world's largest container shipping companies ' will add an additional vessel in September to its existing Mediterranean service into the Port of New Orleans.

The new vessel will add about 12 vessel calls per year and Read More »

Allfort Co. deliver hatch covers to Varna, Bulgaria

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Breakbulk & Projects

Allfort Co., Inc, WWPC Member from Japan has successfully delivered forty hatch covers, totally 5,026.71 CBM and 1,103,580 kgs, from Sasebo, Nagasaki, Japan to Varna, Bulgaria. Read More »

Q&A APM Santos

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

1. What is the timeline for the project?
BTP is currently in the developing phase and the construction works have started this year. The terminal is expected to be completely constructed and fully operational by mid 2013 with initial operati Read More »

APM Terminals acquires 50% of New Terminal in Santos

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

APM Terminals will, subject to regulatory approval, acquire 50% of the shares in Brasil Terminal Portuario (BTP), a new container terminal being built in Santos, Brazil. APM Terminals and Terminal Investment Limited reached agreement to jointly manage t Read More »

Study shows Indiana’s three ports contribute $5.4 billion to state economy

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

A new study released at the Port of Indiana-Jeffersonville revealed that Indiana’s three ports annually contribute $5.4 billion in economic activity to the state economy and 43,700 jobs.

The study was conducted by Martin Associates, one of th Read More »

Brazil sugar vessel loading lineup declines

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

The lineup of ships to load sugar at Brazilian ports fell last week to 115 vessels from 135 a week ago as dry weather allowed the main ports of Santos and Paranagua to move cargo, shipping agents Unimar Agenciamentos Maritimos said. Read More »

World’s first hybrid tugboat to get a sibling
Clean Air Grant for Port to fund retrofit of ...

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Ports & Terminals

Foss Maritime Company, builder and operator of the world’s first hybrid tugboat, will soon add another pioneering vessel to its Southern California fleet with the help of an air quality grant obtained by the Port of Long Beach.

Building on th Read More »

The United States is “disappointed” Mexico has decided to impose retaliatory duties…

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Intermodal

The United States is "disappointed" Mexico has decided to impose retaliatory duties on additional U.S. goods in a dispute over cross-border trucking, the top U.S. trade official said.

"Mexico is an important U.S. export market and President ( Read More »

East Africa needs up to $25 bln for rail upgrade

AJOT | August 19, 2010 | Intermodal

East Africa needs to raise up to $25 billion, or nearly two-thirds of Kenya's annual output, over the next decade to upgrade its railways to boost trade, a senior regional official said.

"We are talking about the railway master plan which is Read More »

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