International Trade

China exports slide raises doubts about currency policy

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

China's bet that it could reap the benefits of a more powerful yuan without paying a price in competitiveness is looking increasingly risky. Read More »

China launches crackdown on pharmaceutical sector

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

China announced a nationwide crackdown on the sale of illegal medicine and said it would tighten industry regulation, piling pressure on a sector already reeling from a bribery scandal at British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. Read More »

France needs to restructure to regain food export power

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

France should restructure its export system involving too many, mostly state-funded, organizations if it wants to reverse a trend that saw it fall to fifth place among world agrifood exporters, a Senate panel said. Read More »

South Korea export boom to ASEAN may be less than meets the eye

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

South Korean exports to southeast Asian bloc of ASEAN jumped recently, but instead of showing the birth of a new market, it just adds to the evidence of Korean manufacturers hollowing out of home and now from China. Read More »

US groups say China jeopardizing new technology trade pact

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

A U.S. industry group accused China of jeopardizing international negotiations to eliminate tariffs on close to 260 technology products by asking to exclude more than 100 of the products from the proposed deal to protect domestic manufacturers. Read More »

Chinese economic reforms front-and-centre in talks with US

AJOT | July 15, 2013 | International Trade

The United States won China's acknowledgement of U.S. concerns about cyber theft of intellectual property and commitments to limit subsidies to Chinese state-owned firms during high-level talks this week, the U.S. Treasury said. Read More »

Mexico vows WTO challenge, mulls sanctions in US tuna spat

AJOT | July 15, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's Agriculture Ministry said it will fight the United States new "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling rules at the World Trade Organization, arguing they are unfair to Mexican fishermen. Read More »

Business inventories up in May according to Commerce Dept.

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Business inventories rose marginally in May as sales rebounded, adding to a raft of data that have pointed to a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the second quarter. Read More »

Border Trade Alliance Names Noe Garcia New President


AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Prominent trade group taps longtime government relations professional, White House and Capitol Hill aide as new chief. Read More »

China’s GDP growth slows to 7.5% in 2nd Qtr

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

China's GDP growth slowed in the second quarter to 7.5 percent year-on-year as weak overseas demand weighed on output and investment, lining up a test of Beijing's resolve to revamp the world's second-biggest economy in the face of deteriorating data. Read More »

Loblaw Companies Limited to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation for $12.4b in cash and stock

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Combines best-in-class pharmacy and food businesses to create a unique retailer with unmatched capabilities in health & wellness and nutrition Read More »

China US investment treaty negotiations resume, Cyber issues still loom as hurtle to agreement

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

On July 11th, the US and China agreed to resume stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping previous efforts to protect certain sectors of its economy from the start. Read More »

China’s Export Slump Could Undercut Yuan

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

An unexpected slump in exports in June marked the latest worrying sign of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy and raised the prospect that regulators may be forced to drag the yuan back down after a massive rally this year. Read More »

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 »