International Trade

Cathay Pacific strengthens cargo presence in the US with new freighter service to Columbus

AJOT | February 27, 2014 | International Trade

Cathay Pacific Airways today announced that it will boost its freighter services into the United States by launching a twice-weekly scheduled service to Columbus, Ohio on 21 March 2014. Read More »

New threat to Brazil’s breadbasket: a pesky caterpillar

Reuters | February 27, 2014 | International Trade

Brazilian farmers are battling a voracious caterpillar that likely arrived from Asia, challenging the agricultural superpower’s widely touted mastery of tropical farming just as it is on the verge of becoming the world’s top soybean producer. Read More »

Foreign companies in Turkey face squeeze

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

Foreign companies in Turkey are beginning to feel the effects of a sagging currency, rising inflation and a growing political power struggle, adding to fears the country may not be the source of future growth that some companies had hoped. Read More »

India to block US trade probes, ready for fight at WTO

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

India has decided to block investigations by the United States into its trade policies and patent laws, and prepare for a battle at the World Trade Organization (WTO), a move that could escalate already-strained tension between the two countries. Read More »

No end in sight yet for Trans-Pacific trade pact

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

Ministers in 12-nation Trans-Pacific trade talks said they had yet to reach agreement on tariffs and other market access issues, with the timing of a completed deal looking increasingly unclear. Read More »

LinkedIn jumpstarts China expansion with Chinese language site

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

Professional social networking website LinkedIn Corp launched a Chinese language version of its website, a move that could jumpstart its expansion into the world's largest Internet market by users even as the company acknowledged it will have to police what some of them say on its website. Read More »

France sees EU-China deal over wine trade dispute

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

Europe and China are moving towards a compromise over a Chinese investigation into alleged European wine dumping, French Trade Minister Nicole Bricq said. Read More »

Thai trade slumps alongside tourism as protest violence takes toll

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

Thailand announced a slump in trade figures on Tuesday with the biggest drop in imports in more than four years in January, as months of anti-government protests extended their economic toll beyond falling tourism numbers. Read More »

China’s $12 trln corporate debt pushes up refunding costs, drives mergers

Reuters | February 25, 2014 | International Trade

China’s corporate debt has hit record levels and is likely to accelerate a wave of domestic restructuring and trigger more defaults, as credit repayment problems rise. Read More »

Budget cuts to slash Army size to smallest since World War Two

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

The Pentagon said on Monday it would slash the Army to pre-World War Two levels, eliminate the popular A-10 aircraft and reduce military benefits in order to meet 2015 spending caps, setting up an election-year fight with Congress over defense priorities. Read More »

Japan, US fail to make headway in Pacific trade pact talks

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

Bilateral talks between Japan and the United States held as part of negotiations on a Pacific trade pact ended without an agreement, with Japanese Economics Minister Akira Amari saying that gaps still remained between the two sides. Read More »

China’s Huawei seeks US foothold in smartphone race

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

China's Huawei Technologies believes it can take advantage of recent changes in how operators in the United States sell phones to get a foothold in the all-important market, an executive with its consumer division said. Read More »

China confident can maintain same growth pace in trade this year

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

China is confident of maintaining around the same pace of growth in foreign trade this year as last year, the Ministry of Commerce said. Read More »

Mexico saw record $35 billion in foreign direct investment in 2013

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

Mexico drew a record $35.2 billion in foreign direct investment (FDI) last year, the country's economy ministry said on Sunday, nearly double the level seen in 2012. Read More »

CGB joins grain shippers rejecting Syngenta’s GMO corn trait

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

Consolidated Grain and Barge Co on Monday became the latest U.S. grain handler to say it will not accept crops containing Syngenta AG’s new genetically modified corn trait until it is approved by major importers. Read More »

Rising volumes of GMO-free soy available

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

Soybeans that are free of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are available in growing volumes, despite claims by German poultry producers that supplies are falling, three associations that support GMO-free crops and trade said. Read More »

Rain returns to Ivory Coast’s Daloa cocoa region

Reuters | February 24, 2014 | International Trade

Rains returned last week to Ivory Coast’s western cocoa growing region of Daloa after more than a month of dry conditions, farmers said on Monday although worries for the upcoming mid-crop deepened for growers along the coast. Read More »

China in 3-day talks with Sri Lanka on economic cooperation

Reuters | February 22, 2014 | International Trade

Chinese officials began three days of talks on economic cooperation with Sri Lanka on Saturday, as Beijing strengthens relations with the Indian Ocean island that is a focal point for its regional rivalry with India. Read More »

US trade chief to focus on farm barriers in Japan, Canada

Reuters | February 21, 2014 | International Trade

Barriers to farm imports in Japan and Canada will be one focus of free trade talks with Pacific Rim countries this weekend, U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said. Read More »

Obama’s ambitious trade agenda hits Asian resistance

Reuters | February 21, 2014 | International Trade

America's ambitious trade agenda is running into fierce resistance in Asia, but negotiators say a draft Pacific free-trade deal that papers over some differences may be ready by the time U.S. President Barack Obama visits the region in April. Read More »