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International Trade

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Premium Article  Argentina July trade surplus shrinks 22%

AJOT | August 28, 2011 | International Trade

Argentina's trade surplus shrank 22 percent in July from a year earlier to $672 million as import growth continued to outpace that of exports, the government said.

The country's July primary budget surplus was 388 million pesos ($88.8 million), down s Read More »

Premium Article  Currency spike pushes Latin America toward protectionism

AJOT | August 28, 2011 | International Trade

Latin America could launch a wave of protectionism as a surge in the value of local currencies exposes the region to an influx of cheap foreign imports and threatens jobs.

Policymakers in countries like Brazil, Peru and Chile have watched the real, th Read More »

China vows to appeal raw materials WTO case

AJOT | August 24, 2011 | International Trade

China vowed to appeal a recent World Trade Organization ruling against its raw materials export policy, a case that could threaten Beijing's handling of rare earths.

In July, a WTO legal panel dismissed China's claim that its system of export duties a Read More »

Russia rules out compromise trade deal with Ukraine

AJOT | August 24, 2011 | International Trade

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ruled out a compromise deal with Ukraine which would have allowed Kiev to pursue free trade pacts with the European Union and a Russian-led regional bloc.

Medvedev said that to secure access to Russia's market and a m Read More »

FTR Shippers Condition Index improves slightly

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index (SCI) as reported in the August Shippers Update edged up in June to a current reading of -3.1. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environm Read More »

China Mobile talking to Apple on iPhones

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

China Mobile said it hoped to launch Apple iPhones soon to accelerate uptake of high-end 3G services as it reported first-half profit at the top end of expectations.

The world's largest mobile operator by subscribers said it has met with Apple chief e Read More »

US, EU urge Philippines comply on WTO alcohol ruling

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

The United States and European Union urged the Philippines to quickly comply with a new World Trade Organization ruling by ending a discriminatory tax system against foreign alcoholic beverages like Jack Daniel's and Spain's Brandy de Jerez.

"The pane Read More »

US steel exports drop in June from May

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

Exports of steel declined in June from May be 4.2% according to government data. 'Declines in exports to NAFTA and Asia reflect more than the total decline. Softening market conditions in NAFTA in June, along with lower exports to the smaller export marke Read More »

Premium Article  China currency reform a fix for US economy?

Peter Buxbaum | August 14, 2011 | International Trade

It’s bogus, say recent studies.

In the wake of the downgrade by Standard & Poor’s of United States Treasury securities, the government of China, through Xinhua, its official news agency, found it necessary to scold Uncle Sam over his spending h Read More »

Premium Article  Can China’s domestic demand buoy global economy?

George Lauriat | August 14, 2011 | International Trade

While the US debt debacle has dominated the headlines, the real worry is in China. Can China’s emphasis on domestic demand buoy the global economic outlook?
Back in July the IMF (International Monetary Fund) issued a so-called “spillover” re Read More »

Premium Article  Opinion: The South China Sea: The storm before the calm?

AJOT | August 14, 2011 | International Trade

Will the conflict in the South China Sea between China and its neighbors spill over into a wider crisis with the US?

Editor's Note: Dr. Mark J. Valencia, a senior associate at the Nautilus Institute, is an internationally known maritime policy analyst Read More »

Premium Article  Commodities dominate PRC trade flows

Robert Wallack | August 14, 2011 | International Trade | Ports & Terminals

In June, the Dragon Boat Festival is one of four annual traditional celebrations and public holidays in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) which also marks mid-year in the economic calendar. Agriculture products are an important part of the Dragon Boat Read More »

Premium Article  China will decrease exports and focus on reducing inflation

Stas Margaronis | August 14, 2011 | International Trade

China’s export growth will slow, but what does that mean for the West Coast ports?

The Chinese Ministry of Commerce says China’s export growth will decline, probably causing some factories to close, according to Xinhua the PRC’s state news serv Read More »

EU challenges Canadian green power rules at WTO

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union has launched a legal challenge against Canada at the World Trade Organization to protest against provincial rules for solar and wind energy subsidies, the bloc's executive said.

Following on the heels of a similar challenge by Japan Read More »

China imposes duties on imported photo paper

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Companies from the European Union, the United States and Japan have been dumping photographic paper into China's market and will be forced to pay duties at Chinese Customs, China's commerce ministry said.

The initial ruling was the result of an invest Read More »

Zepol reports July vessel imports increase 2.45%

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for July, measured in TEUs, increased 2.45% from June but decreased 4.10% from July of 2010. The total number of shipments also increased 3.49% from June w Read More »

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