International Trade

US must show flexibility for Pacific trade breakthrough: Japan

Reuters | March 31, 2014 | International Trade

Japan said it would be difficult to achieve a breakthrough in talks with the United States on a Pacific trade deal in time for President Barack Obama's trip to Asia next month unless Washington shows flexibility. Read More »

Amway says 2014 China sales may grow 8%

Reuters | March 31, 2014 | International Trade

Sales at Amway Inc, the multi-level marketing company that earned about 40 percent of its total revenue in China last year, are likely to be unaffected by a recent investigation of Nu Skin Enterprises Inc and heightened scrutiny from Beijing's commercial regulator. Read More »

China’s Xi turns to panda diplomacy to seek EU trade deal

Reuters | March 31, 2014 | International Trade

Chinese President Xi Jinping will use two pandas to break the ice and soften European opposition to a free-trade deal with China during a visit to Belgium which starts on Sunday. Read More »

China’s war on smog will be won or lost in polluted Hebei

Reuters | March 31, 2014 | International Trade

China's war on pollution is only a few weeks old, but the battle lines are already being drawn between Beijing and Hebei, the province most synonymous with dirty air. Read More »

US meat groups thwarted in bid to block country-of-origin labels

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

A U.S. appeals court rejected a challenge by meat producers to a federal regulation that specifies labeling requirements for certain meat products, a move applauded by rancher and consumer groups. Read More »

GM unit Opel to make Buick vehicles for US in Germany

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

General Motors unit Opel will make two additional vehicles at its plant in Ruesselsheim, Germany, including a Buick destined for the United States, it said. Read More »

BMW to invest $1 billion to expand US production by 50%

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

BMW will expand production capacity in the United States by 50 percent and introduce another new offroad model, the German luxury carmaker said on Friday, in what amounts to a $1 billion bet on sport utility vehicles (SUVs). Read More »

GE to enter Japanese solar power market

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

General Electric Co will enter Japan's solar power market with what would be the country's biggest plant, the Nikkei reported. Read More »

Ukraine faces hard road to economic recovery with Moscow pushing back

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

Smarting from Ukraine's U-turn towards Europe, Russia is likely to employ every weapon in its economic arsenal to ensure its neighbour's road to financial recovery is as painful as possible, even when paved with billions of dollars in Western aid. Read More »

As China lists big businesses in Hong Kong, some investors query reform credentials

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

China’s move to list one of its biggest state-run conglomerates in Hong Kong has left some investors questioning whether Beijing’s choice is about improving corporate management and welcoming foreign investors or cementing its own control. Read More »

US groups accuse Mexico of dumping subsidized sugar

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

U.S. sugar cane and sugar beet groups asked federal authorities to investigate what they called "dumped and subsidized" imports of sugar from Mexico, according to a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission. Read More »

As China lists big businesses in Hong Kong, some investors query reform credentials

Reuters | March 30, 2014 | International Trade

China’s move to list one of its biggest state-run conglomerates in Hong Kong has left some investors questioning whether Beijing’s choice is about improving corporate management and welcoming foreign investors or cementing its own control. Read More »

China loses WTO bid to overturn US law against unfair subsidies

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

China lost its bid to overturn U.S. legislation targeting unfair trade subsidies, its second defeat in a World Trade Organization dispute within 24 hours. Read More »

Data privacy shapes up as a next-generation trade barrier

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

Revelations about U.S. digital eavesdropping have fanned concerns about Internet privacy and may complicate U.S. attempts to write rules enshrining the free flow of data into trade pacts with European and Pacific trading partners. Read More »

Yum Brands plans KFC makeover in China market

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

Yum Brands Inc's fast food chain KFC is rewriting its menu and launching a publicity drive as it struggles to emerge from the shadow of a food safety scare in 2012 and see off rivals luring diners with innovative, home-grown fare. Read More »

Lindt to boost US chocolate output; sees first China sales from US

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

Rising demand for premium chocolate has spurred Lindt & Spruengli to boost production at its U.S. headquarters by 8 to 10 percent, where it will start making high-quality treats for China for the first time, Lindt USA chief executive said. Read More »

Volkswagen replaces Chattanooga plant manager

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

Volkswagen said Frank Fischer will leave his post as head of its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to take a job at its factory in Emden, Germany, as part of a broader reshuffle among plant managers. Read More »

Japan’s ANA gives Boeing a boost with 777X order

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

ANA Holdings Inc restored Boeing Co's momentum in a Japanese market it has long dominated by ordering 20 new generation 777X wide-body jets after a stinging defection by Japan Airlines Co last year to rival Airbus Group NV. Read More »

As Kiev looks West, Putin turns east to build Eurasian dream

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

With his biggest prize escaping his grasp in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin is likely to turn to the autocrats of Central Asia, particularly Kazakhstan's Nursultan Nazarbayev, to further his aim of erecting a Eurasian Union of former Soviet states. Read More »

West African states in last-minute talks over EU trade deal

Reuters | March 27, 2014 | International Trade

West African nations held last-minute talks address lingering doubts over an agreement with the European Union that would open up the region's economy of 300 million consumers to tariff-free trade, officials said. Read More »