International Trade

Middle East grain buyers avoid Ukraine, import bills could rise

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

Turmoil in Ukraine is driving Middle Eastern grain buyers to shy away from striking new deals there and to consider rival suppliers, a shift that is likely to push up import bills. Read More »

EU to offer Ukraine trade benefits to help prop economy

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

The European Commission agreed to give nearly 500 million euros ($685 million) worth of trade benefits to Ukraine, which had been teetering towards default even before pro-Western unrest in Kiev revived Cold War tensions. Read More »

Argentine biodiesel exports to be slammed by EU tariffs in 2014

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

Argentine biodiesel exports are expected to plunge up to 39 percent this year versus 2013 due to tariffs imposed by the European Union, according to the Argentina's Biofuels Chamber (Carbio). Read More »

India ups sugar exports to Iran, Asia; takes share from Brazil

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

Indian mills are exporting more raw sugar to Iran and Asian markets, aided by a production incentives package and recovering world prices, seizing market share from top exporter Brazil. Read More »

TSX slips to one-week low as China fears hit sentiment

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

Canada’s main stock index declined on Wednesday to its lowest in more than a week as worries about a slowdown in China weighed on prices of oil and copper, hitting investor sentiment and sending shares in almost every major sector lower. Read More »

Europe’s fear of U.S. hormone meat, GM food sows divide in trade talks

Reuters | March 12, 2014 | International Trade

Europe’s reluctance to buy hormone meat or genetically modified food from the United States has exposed an “enormous gulf” that threatens the world’s biggest trade pact, industry and labour groups told EU and U.S. negotiators on Wednesday. Read More »

Canada, South Korea conclude long-delayed free trade deal

Reuters | March 11, 2014 | International Trade

Canada and South Korea announced they had wrapped up talks on a long-delayed free trade deal which had stalled for years amid squabbles over exports of autos and beef. Read More »

Lenovo says China strike an IBM matter, but it won’t cut wages

Reuters | March 11, 2014 | International Trade

Chinese PC maker Lenovo Group Ltd said it was up to IBM to resolve a wildcat strike at a China-based factory, as a deal to buy the U.S. company's server business had yet to be finalized. Read More »

East Mediterranean eyes EU and global LNG markets for gas sales

Reuters | March 11, 2014 | International Trade

Europe’s efforts to reduce its reliance on Russian energy supplies and booming demand for shipped gas are pushing ahead the development of the East Mediterranean’s gas reserves, which have so far been marred by the region’s instability. Read More »

Ukraine crisis strengthens EU resolve to seek U.S. gas

Reuters | March 11, 2014 | International Trade

EU negotiators are pressing U.S. counterparts to agree a framework to allow imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the European Union via a transatlantic trade pact under discussion, people close to the talks told Reuters. Read More »

Dubai 2013 trade growth slows but Iran business stabilizes

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

Dubai's non-oil trade expanded 7.6 percent last year, slowing from 13 percent growth in 2012, but the emirate's trade with Iran stabilised despite U.S. economic sanctions, according to Dubai customs data released. Read More »

BOJ to maintain stimulus; exports seen as a concern

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

The Bank of Japan is expected to maintain its massive monetary stimulus on Tuesday on a view the economy can weather a sales tax increase in April without extra support, although there is expected to be some concern about weakness in exports. Read More »

China February commodity imports rise despite weak underlying demand

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

China's imports of major commodities posted strong double-digit gains in February from a year earlier, official data showed, illustrating apparently vibrant demand even though underlying consumption has been weak. Read More »

China February exports tumble unexpectedly, heighten slowdown fears

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

China's exports unexpectedly tumbled in February, swinging the trade balance into deficit and adding to fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy despite the Lunar New Year holidays being blamed for the slide. Read More »

IBM factory strike shows shifting China labor landscape

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

A wildcat strike at an IBM factory in southern China illustrates how tectonic shifts under way in the country's labor market are emboldening workers to take matters into their own hands, raising risks for multinationals. Read More »

Adidas and Nike battle for soccer supremacy in World Cup year

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

With the soccer World Cup only three months away, Adidas and Nike are squaring up for a marketing battle to match the fierce on-field rivalry of nations like Brazil and Argentina. Read More »

SDV at BioPharma Asia Convention 2014

AJOT | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

All the stakeholders in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries with the same GxP mindset will flock to the BioPharma Asia Convention, organized in Singapore on 11-12 March 2014. SDV is exhibiting during this 2-day event, held at the Suntec Convention & Exhibition Centre Read More »

IBM factory strike shows shifting China labor landscape

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

A wildcat strike at an IBM factory in southern China illustrates how tectonic shifts under way in the country's labor market are emboldening workers to take matters into their own hands, raising risks for multinationals. Read More »

Disappointing China exports halt stocks, hammer commodities

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

World stocks paused near a six-year peak and commodities from copper to crude tumbled on Monday as surprisingly weak Chinese trade data rattled investors already on edge over the crisis in Ukraine. Read More »

Central Europeans want U.S. gas to cut dependence on Russia

Reuters | March 10, 2014 | International Trade

Poland is building an import terminal on the Baltic coast for liquefied natural gas (LNG), expected to be completed at the end of this year. Read More »