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Export curbs move into trade policy spotlight

AJOT | February 01, 2011 | International Trade

As World Trade Organization members intensify efforts for a new trade deal, soaring food and raw material prices have raised a question that is not even on the Doha round agenda: export restrictions.

While WTO members are haggling over the extent to w Read More »

South Korea to take 1-2 years to recover from foot-and-mouth

AJOT | February 01, 2011 | International Trade

South Korea's swine industry could take one or two years to recover from a foot-and-mouth epidemic that has boosted meat purchases by one of the world's top pork importers.

A long-term boost to the country's pork imports, mainly from the United States Read More »

Steel imports inch up in December

AJOT | February 01, 2011 | International Trade

Imports increased slightly in December by 1.4 percent compared to November, based on preliminary import data released by the government. 'Stronger market conditions at the end of the year in the US are reflected in the increase in December of arrivals of Read More »

Premium Article  Arctic more than a blip on China’s radar screen

George Lauriat | January 23, 2011 | Energy | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

Although it does not possess an inch of Arctic coastline, the economic potential of the region is clearly important to China’s global aspirations.

At a conference in Montreal on Arctic shipping late last year, the intervention of a Chinese spe Read More »

Premium Article  Australia’s “Greater Gorgon” gas project

George Lauriat | January 23, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects | Energy | Refinery | Discovery | International Trade

The development of the “Greater Gorgon” gas fields located in a remote corner of the state of Western Australia ranks as the largest and most complex gas program undertaken in Australia. It is a challenging site: Gorgon is big, very big. How big? Jay R Read More »

Premium Article  Hijacking project cargo

Peter Buxbaum | January 23, 2011 | Breakbulk & Projects | International Trade | Liner Shipping

A 2010 incident ended well but the threat of piracy is growing, especially off the coast of Somalia
The vulnerability of project cargoes and vessels to piracy was brought into the spotlight on October 24, 2010, when the “Beluga Fortune” was Read More »

Japan PM renews push for free trade, close U.S. ties

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Prime Minister Naoto Kan renewed his commitment to open up Japan's market to capitalise on overseas growth and stuck to a June deadline to decide whether to join a U.S.-led free trade initiative.

In a foreign policy speech, Kan also reaffirmed the imp Read More »

WTO members get down to hard graft of negotiations

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

WTO members are getting down to the technicalities of a new global trade deal, suggesting the right spirit of compromise to clinch agreement may at last be within reach, negotiators and officials said.

Swiss ambassador Luzius Wasescha, who chairs talk Read More »

WTO backs South.Korea in dispute, U.S. does not defend

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

A World Trade Organization panel backed South Korea in a challenge to a controversial U.S. method for calculating duties on unfairly priced imports, after the United States offered no defence in the dispute.

The ruling is the latest in a series of def Read More »

Changan in talks to export China-made Ford cars

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Ford Motor is in talks with its Chinese partner, Chongqing Changan Automobile Co, to export China-made Ford vehicles to emerging markets, two people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

Ford, which competes with General Motors among others in the wo Read More »

Scotch whisky exports head for a record

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Scotch whisky exports are headed for record sales, boosted by strong demand from status-conscious connoisseurs in new markets in China, India, Russia and Brazil, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said.

On a visit to a distillery in Keith, Scotland, Cle Read More »

China 2010 rare earth exports slip, value rockets

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

China's exports of vital rare earth elements used for numerous high-tech goods slipped almost one-tenth last year but the overall value rocketed as quota cuts lifted international prices, data showed.

China, which produces about 97 percent of the glob Read More »

Is a solar trade war about to flare?

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Germany's fifth-biggest solar power park emerges as a smudge on the horizon long before you reach it on the outskirts of the small, sleepy village of Eberswalde, an hour's drive north of Berlin. "In the far distance, you can see it," Peter Kobbe says, poi Read More »

China inks deals to buy $1.8 blllion worth of US soy

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

A Chinese business group signed agreements Thursday to buy just over 3 million tons of soybeans from the United States worth about $1.8 billion, cementing agricultural trade ties between the two countries.

The delegation, led by Chinese Vice Minister Read More »

EU sanctions not biting Ivorian cocoa trade

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

The Ivory Coast cocoa trade is carrying on business as usual regardless of European Union sanctions intended to pressure incumbent Laurent Gbagbo to quit, and any tougher action is not on the cards for now.

In the latest international effort to squeez Read More »

China buyers try to cancel U.S. DDGS shipments

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Buyers in China, the world's largest buyer of distillers' dried grains (DDGS), are trying to cancel U.S. shipments to avoid possible fees if an investigation finds U.S. suppliers were dumping the goods below cost, traders said.

Buyers are trying to ca Read More »

EU prepares to challenge China export credit

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

European trade officials have requested industry data that could allow the European Union to challenge China over cheap credit to Chinese firms, according to EU officials and correspondence seen by Reuters.

The initiative, led by the EU executive, the Read More »

Uruguay beef export volume falls 6% in 2010

AJOT | January 23, 2011 | International Trade

Beef exports from Uruguay fell around 6 percent in volume in 2010, the government-run beef institute said, adding that meat shipments from the world's No. 7 supplier should be steady this year.

At the same time, Uruguay's beef exports rose 16.3 percen Read More »

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