International Trade

​Asia-Pacific trade talks enter final push for deal

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

The United States and 11 other countries in the Asia-Pacific have begun a final push to reach a landmark trade deal this year and hope for significant progress by an October meeting of leaders in Bali, the top U.S. trade official said. Read More »

​Indonesia unveils steps to reduce imports, lift investment

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

Indonesia's government unveiled an emergency fiscal package to promote foreign investment, reduce imports and prop up its tumbling rupiah currency, as it struggles to revive confidence in Southeast Asia's largest economy. Read More »

​Mexico factory exports flat, consumer imports sag in July

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's trade deficit narrowed in July as factory exports remained steady but consumer imports sagged amid faltering economic growth in Latin America's No. 2 economy. Read More »

Willbros Signs Asset Purchase Agreement with Elecnor

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | Breakbulk & Projects | International Trade

Willbros Signs Asset Purchase Agreement with Elecnor Read More »

Premium Article  ​Freight rates weak as new capacity switched into So. American trade lanes

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

The Asia/South America trade lanes have increasingly become the center of concern for steamship lines as they fight to contain continuing falling freight rates with a series of announcements for General Rate Increases (GRI’s). Read More »

Premium Article  ​Brazil: land of transportation opportunities and headaches

George Lauriat | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

Brazil may be among one of the world’s fastest growing economies, but for anyone who ships there, logistically the country can be a nightmare. Read More »

Premium Article  US & China: trade symbiosis in Latin America, Could political rivalry be next?

AJOT | August 26, 2013 | International Trade

Latin American countries hosted a flurry of official visits by United States and Chinese leaders in recent months and the U.S. and China have reciprocated. President Barack Obama visited the region in May while Vice President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping made the rounds in June. Obama hosted the leaders of Chile and Peru in June and will host Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in October. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto visited Beijing in April. Read More »

Georgia-Pacific LLC Completes Acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc.

AJOT | August 23, 2013 | International Trade

Georgia-Pacific LLC Completes Acquisition of Buckeye Technologies Inc. Read More »

​Argentina July trade surplus shrinks to $770 million

AJOT | August 22, 2013 | International Trade

Argentina's trade surplus shrank by 40 percent in July from a year earlier to $770 million , the government statistics institute said. Read More »

​China group quizzes medical device makers over pricing

AJOT | August 22, 2013 | International Trade

A Chinese industry group is collecting information on the pricing and business practices of foreign and local makers of medical equipment for the government in a survey that sources said was unusual in the amount of detail it sought. Read More »

​.Fonterra halted China-bound milk powder in May

AJOT | August 22, 2013 | International Trade

New Zealand's Fonterra, the world's biggest dairy exporter, caught up in a contamination scandal this month, said it was also forced to withdraw 42 tons of milk powder bound for China because of high nitrite levels. Read More »

​Lilly says deeply concerned by bribery allegations in China

AJOT | August 22, 2013 | International Trade

U.S. drugmaker Eli Lilly and Co said it was "deeply concerned" about allegations published in a Chinese newspaper that it spent more than 30 million yuan ($4.90 million) to bribe doctors in China to prescribe the firm's medicines instead of rival products. Read More »

​Shrinking Spanish trade deficit fans growth hopes

AJOT | August 22, 2013 | International Trade

Spain's trade deficit shrank by nearly 70 percent year on year in the first half of 2013, as demand from emerging markets boosted exports while recession-hit domestic consumers bought fewer foreign goods. Read More »

​Canada asks for new WTO review of US meat labeling rules

AJOT | August 20, 2013 | International Trade

Canada has asked the World Trade Organization to take another look at the United States' rules for labeling meat with its country of origin, seeking to defend its livestock farmers who have lost sales to U.S. packers. Read More »

​Canada wholesale trade falls 2.8%, all subsectors down

AJOT | August 20, 2013 | International Trade

Canadian wholesale trade in June unexpectedly dropped by 2.8 percent from May, dragged down in part by sharply lower sales of agricultural supplies, Statistics Canada data indicated. Read More »

​Taiwan July export orders surprisingly rebound on China, US demand

AJOT | August 20, 2013 | International Trade

Taiwan's export orders surprisingly rebounded in July after five straight months of contraction bolstered by demand in China and the United States, pointing to stronger retail demand for Asian exporters in the third quarter. Read More »

​Ukraine says Russia has scrapped extra checks on imports

AJOT | August 20, 2013 | International Trade

Russia has scrapped laborious extra customs checks on imports from Ukraine, Kiev said, just days after applying them in a signal to its ex-Soviet neighbour to align itself more closely with Moscow. Read More »

​China bans more dairy products on contamination scare

AJOT | August 19, 2013 | International Trade

More New Zealand milk products sold to China have been banned after elevated levels of nitrates were found, raising further concerns over quality and testing in the world's largest dairy exporter in the wake of a contamination scare earlier this month. Read More »

​Russia readies tighter customs if Ukraine signs EU deal

AJOT | August 19, 2013 | International Trade

Russia is preparing tighter customs controls with Ukraine in case Kiev makes the "suicidal" move of signing an association agreement with the European Union, an aide to President Vladimir Putin was quoted as saying. Read More »

​US pushes for more access to Japan auto, insurance markets

AJOT | August 19, 2013 | International Trade

The United States urged Japan to open its auto and insurance markets more to foreign companies as the two countries pursue bilateral talks linked to a broader free-trade agreement that covers two-fifths of the globe. Read More »