International Trade

Japan exports rise but trade gap widens on weak yen

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

Japan's exports rose for a ninth consecutive month in November, led by car shipments to the United States and China, a sign the weak yen and a recovery in global demand are energizing a major growth driver in the world's third-biggest economy. Read More »

Bangladesh violence risks spinning out of control as polls near

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

When an ally in Bangladesh's ruling coalition threatened this month to pull out of upcoming elections, elite troops broke open the gates of the party leader's home, brushed aside his guards and hauled him away. Read More »

Brazil GMO planting to increase by 6.8% this season

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

Brazil will increase the amount of land planted with genetically modified soy, corn and cotton by 6.8 percent this season to increase yields, local analytics firm Celeres said. Read More »

Russia says West still pressing Ukraine to choose Europe

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

Russia accused the West on Wednesday of putting pressure on Ukraine to choose closer ties with the European Union even though Kiev has accepted a Russian bailout after spurning a trade deal with the EU. Read More »

EU Commission renews bid to ban food from cloned animals

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

The European Commission again proposed a ban on food and products from cloned animals, two years after failing to block their use. Read More »

UPDATE 1-Exporters still awaiting Argentina OK to ship 1.6 mln tonnes wheat-source

Reuters | December 18, 2013 | International Trade

ARGENTINA-GRAINS/WHEAT (UPDATE 1):UPDATE 1-Exporters still awaiting Argentina OK to ship 1.6 mln tonnes wheat-source Read More »

GM corn, feta cheese: hurdles for EU-US trade talks

Reuters | December 17, 2013 | International Trade

Genetically modified crops, chlorine-washed chicken, beef quotas and a fight over who can call Greek-style cheese 'feta' all block the way towards the world's largest free-trade deal. Read More »

Kerry arrives in Manila to strengthen US ties with old ally

Reuters | December 17, 2013 | International Trade

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is in the Philippines, seeking to modernize economic and political ties with one of America's oldest allies in South East Asia. Read More »

Singapore’s November export slump points to structural drag

Reuters | December 17, 2013 | International Trade

Singapore reported a surprise fall in November non-oil domestic exports, indicating the strong recovery in October's electronics shipments was a Christmas blip while raising deep concerns about the city-state's pharmaceutical sector. Read More »

Russia plays down threats of salmon ban from Norway

Reuters | December 17, 2013 | International Trade

Russia may only ban salmon imports from Norwegian farms which it has not inspected, Russia's Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance Service (VPSS) said, playing down previous comment which indicated it could ban all Norwegian salmon imports. Read More »

US trade talks could deliver cheaper energy for Europe

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

European negotiators, hoping to cut fuel bills, will press their U.S. counterparts in Washington this week on including energy exports in a transatlantic trade pact that aims to integrate two markets accounting for half the world's economy. Read More »

US offers help to SE Asia, most to Vietnam, to patrol seas

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

The United States offered $32.5 million in assistance to Southeast Asian nations, more than half to Vietnam, to boost maritime security, which comes as tension grows with China over rival claims in the South China Sea. Read More »

Amazon’s German workers strike as Christmas orders peak

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | Intermodal | International Trade

Hundreds of Amazon.com Inc workers in Germany went on strike, just as pre-Christmas sales were set to peak, in a dispute over pay and conditions that has raged for months. Read More »

US cancels aid programs to Ecuador

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

The United States has canceled aid to Ecuador worth $32 million over the coming years after long-running disputes with the government of socialist President Rafael Correa, according to U.S. officials. Read More »

Key US lawmakers agree to trade authority deal

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

Three top U.S. lawmakers on key congressional committees have reached a bipartisan deal on legislation the White House needs to advance international trade agreements and will introduce the measure early next month, congressional aides said. Read More »

China shoppers ring luxury tills from London to New York

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

Fang Ying's December wish list of Louis Vuitton handbags and Chanel perfume is not only for Christmas. Fang, 33, a secretary working in Shanghai, writes one every month for friends and family traveling abroad. Read More »

After China Mobile sugar rush, Apple will fight for customers

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

For all the hype, Apple Inc's long-awaited iPhone agreement with China Mobile Ltd may deliver little more than a fleeting revenue jolt for the U.S. giant. Read More »

Key Canada win signals Boeing bid to regain market share

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | Air Cargo | International Trade

A few months ago Boeing Commercial Airplanes Chief Executive Ray Conner launched an internal campaign to urge the company's staff to fight for every sale following a series of defeats to European rival Airbus. Read More »

Chorus grows louder telling Indonesia to reform its economy

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

Indonesia was warned by the World Bank and IMF to bring more profound reforms to Southeast Asia's biggest economy if it has any hope of returning to stronger growth and tempting back jaded investors. Read More »

EU suspends trade talks with Ukraine, crowds rally against government

Reuters | December 16, 2013 | International Trade

The European Union said it was halting work on a landmark trade and political pact with Ukraine, hardening their rift even as tens of thousands took to the streets of Kiev urging President Viktor Yanukovich to mend ties with Brussels. Read More »