International Trade

China to increase tax rebate to exporters

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

China will increase export tax rebates to aid the export sector, which is feeling the punch from the European debt crisis, the China Daily reported, citing the trade ministry. Read More »

China’s Xi, US officials talk food trade in Iowa

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

China's leader-in-waiting, Xi Jinping, gathered with U.S. agricultural officials in America's grainbelt on Thursday and stressed their shared interests in fostering increased food security and trade in farm goods. Read More »

Court says Apple can still sell iPads in Shanghai

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

A Shanghai court has rejected a request in a trademark case to stop Apple selling its iPad tablet computers in the city, averting an embarrassing suspension of iPad sales in its own flagship stores. Read More »

EU seeks legal opinion on global copyright pact

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

The European Union's executive said it would refer a disputed global agreement to tackle online piracy to the bloc's highest court to check whether it complies with EU fundamental rights. Read More »

Japan’s record trade deficit highlights weakening Chinese demand

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

Japan logged a record trade deficit with China in January as exports dropped by a fifth, underscoring concerns about how sharply China is slowing and its ability to buffer a frail global economy against European turmoil. Read More »

Mexico world trade to rise by 10% a year

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

Mexico's trade with the rest of the world is set to grow by more than 10 percent this year and next and will more than double by 2026, according to a forecast by British bank HSBC. Read More »

Turkey complains to China’s Xi over one-sided trade

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

Turkey told China's leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping that trade could more than quadruple to $100 billion over the next eight years, but something must be done to make it less one-sided. Read More »

US wants more talks on Japan bid to join Pacific trade group

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

The United States said it was still considering whether to support Japan's bid to join talks on a trans-Pacific regional free trade agreement, three months after Tokyo announced interest in the negotiations. Read More »

Wal-Mart to take majority stake in China e-commerce firm

AJOT | February 22, 2012 | International Trade

Wal-Mart Stores Inc said it is taking a controlling stake in Chinese e-commerce firm Yihaodian, as the world's largest retailer seeks new revenue sources to fend off rising competition in the world's fastest-growing major economy. Read More »

Premium Article  Speed is key for on-line retailer Zappos.com

Karen Thuermer | February 12, 2012 | International Trade

Walking through the Zappos.com fulfillment center near Louisville, KY must be, in some ways, akin to opening former Philippine Republic President Ferdinand Marcos’s shoe closet. It’s overwhelming. Read More »

Premium Article  US. exports set to double by 2015

Peter Buxbaum | February 12, 2012 | International Trade

Can Ex-Im Bank take any credit?

Could the United States double its exports by 2015? That's what President Barrack Obama called for in 2010 as part his jobs and economic recovery program. Read More »

Premium Article  For retailers, it’s shipping as usual…. or is it?

Karen Thuermer | February 12, 2012 | International Trade

Mention the words “Big Shippers” and mammoth big box retailers Wal-Mart, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Best Buys, Kohl’s, Sears and others come to mind. Read More »

Premium Article  The American Importer 2012

George Lauriat | February 12, 2012 | International Trade

Imports have often been viewed as a key economic indicator for the health of the US economy. Is the US recovering? Imports are up, but recovery may be selective. Read More »

Premium Article  US auto exports shift into higher gear

Karen Thuermer | February 12, 2012 | International Trade | Liner Shipping

The auto industry may have been on respirators several years ago, but today the prognosis is: strong and recovering quickly. Read More »

Premium Article  Shippers seek stability, sustainability in making of supply chain decisions

Paul Scott Abbott | February 12, 2012 | International Trade

Target Corp.’s Gabrielson, NITL leaders focus upon priorities in workshop sponsored by AAPA, MARAD

By Paul Scott Abbott, AJOT

Stability and sustainability are top priorities for shippers, according to the logistics head of Target Corp., the Read More »

Brazil’s OJ industry drops US banned fungicide

AJOT | February 05, 2012 | International Trade

Brazil's orange juice industry removed carbendazim from its list of recommended fungicides for producers, after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration blocked the entry of several shipments of juice that tested positive for it. Read More »

Cars, software, services threaten EU-India trade deal

AJOT | February 05, 2012 | International Trade

Hopes of India and the European Union striking a free trade deal at a summit this week are fading fast, with differences over duties on cars and market access for software and service companies standing in the way of an accord. Read More »

Detroit automakers say ‘no’ to Japan joining trade talks

AJOT | February 05, 2012 | International Trade

Detroit automakers are urging President Barack Obama to reject Japan's bid to join talks on a regional free trade agreement, the head of an automotive group representing GM, Ford and Chrysler said. Read More »

EU sanctions slash Ukraine maize exports to Iran

AJOT | February 05, 2012 | International Trade

Ukraine's maize exports to Iran dropped 40 percent in January due to problems collecting payment from Iranian buyers after the European Union tightened sanctions, a leading Ukrainian agricultural consultancy said. Read More »

Internet giants pull content after warning in India courts

AJOT | February 05, 2012 | International Trade

Internet giants Google Inc and Facebook removed content from some Indian domain websites following a court directive warning them of a crackdown "like China" if they did not take steps to protect religious sensibilities. Read More »