International Trade

EU – Vietnam 4th free trade agreement negotiation round

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

The EU and Vietnam completed the fourth round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) during the week of 2-5 July. The talks, which took place in Brussels, addressed all key subjects for a modern and comprehensive FTA. Read More »

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Statement on House Passage of 2013 Farm Bill

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) welcomes the House passage of the revised 2013 Farm Bill today as the next step to enacting a five-year plan for federal agriculture policy Read More »

Update on the first round of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

On July 10th U.S. and European Union (EU) negotiators paused Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) negotiations to meet with approximately 350 stakeholders at a series of events, including an engagement event hosted by the United States. Read More »

With House Passage of Partial Farm Bill, ASA Looks for Cooperation in Conference

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

Yesterday, in a party-line vote of 216-208, the House of Representatives passed a stripped down version of the 2013 Farm Bill, containing only farm programs. Read More »

Anti-smoking Australia prevails in dry run of WTO dispute

AJOT | July 10, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's two biggest brewers have agreed to open up the local beer market to end a dispute over the near duopoly Grupo Modelo and Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma have long enjoyed in Latin America's second biggest economy. Read More »

Mexican brewers reach deal to open up local beer market

AJOT | July 10, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's two biggest brewers have agreed to open up the local beer market to end a dispute over the near duopoly Grupo Modelo and Cuauhtemoc Moctezuma have long enjoyed in Latin America's second biggest economy. Read More »

North American group sets Bangladesh factory safety plan

AJOT | July 10, 2013 | International Trade

North American retailers unveiled a five-year safety plan for Bangladesh garment factories that would include inspecting within a year every factory they use, following tragedies such as April's deadly garment building collapse. Read More »

Thailand’s PTT slashes investment budget amid Asia slump

AJOT | July 10, 2013 | International Trade

Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International (ACI) have successfully completed a high-profile Antonov AN-225 charter to transport five giant compressors totalling 140 tons from South Korea to France. Read More »

After boom years, some Chinese firms run into trouble in crisis-hit Sudan

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

When Chinese clothing wholesaler Chan Cui Xiao signed a deal with a Sudanese businessman to export colourful bed sheets to the African country he was confident of making good money. Read More »

Bangladesh tells EU it will boost worker rights, inspections

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

Bangladesh pledged to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April. Read More »

China warns of “grim” trade outlook after surprise exports fall

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

China warned of a "grim" outlook for trade after a surprise fall in June exports, raising fresh concerns about the extent of the slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and increasing the pressure on the government to act. Read More »

Ethiopia expected to join WTO in 2015

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

Ethiopia expects to join the World Trade Organisation in 2015 without heeding to demands that it liberalizes its state-run banking and telecoms sectors, the Foreign Ministry said. Read More »

Bangladesh garment sales soar despite deadly incidents

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

Bangladesh's exports rose 16.3 percent in June to $2.7 billion on the year, boosted by stronger clothing sales, an export body said on Tuesday, as the low-cost country retains its allure for cost-crunching global retailers despite deadly incidents. Read More »

California export trade stumbles, but reason for cautious optimism remains

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

California's export trade faced headwinds in July, but beneath the headline numbers were reasons to remain cautiously upbeat about the growth in international trade, according to an analysis by Beacon Economics of foreign trade data released this morning Read More »

Canada eliminates tariff on baby clothes and sports equipment

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

In a move that could have broad appeal for U.S. retailers, the Canadian government will no longer impose tariffs on imported baby clothes and selected sports equipment. Read More »

EU hits Russia with first WTO dispute over car levy

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

The European Union launched the first formal trade dispute with Russia at the World Trade Organization, less than a year after Moscow joined the trading club. Read More »

General Mills may expand yogurt business overseas

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

As General Mills Inc rolls out a new Yoplait Greek yogurt in the United States, it is also thinking about expanding abroad, its chief executive officer said. Read More »

Germany says China won’t slap tariffs on EU polysilicon

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

China will not impose punitive tariffs on imports of polysilicon, which is used in the production of solar panels, from the European Union, the German Economy Ministry said. Read More »

Int. Trade Assoc. congratulates Oregon on historic passage of road usage charge legislation

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

This weekend the Oregon State Legislature overwhelmingly passed Senate Bill 810, the first-ever legislation passed in the United States to establish a road usage charge system for transportation funding, drawing praise from the International Bridge, Tunne Read More »

Russia targets Ukrainian chocolate in car trade spat

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

Russia plans to put trade sanctions on Ukraine, penalizing imports of chocolate, coal and glass in retaliation for a Ukrainian emergency import tax on cars which has drawn World Trade Organization opposition. Read More »