International Trade

China tells US to axe anti-subsidy probe on tires

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

China urged the United States to halt anti-subsidy investigations into Chinese tires and other products since Washington does not recognize China as a market economy. Read More »

Japan halts beef imports from one US meat plant

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

Japan halted beef imports from a US packing plant after finding material prohibited under rules to control the risk of mad cow disease, the government said. Read More »

US presses Philippines after alcohol win at WTO

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

The United States urged the Philippines to swiftly open its market to U.S. alcohol products like Jack Daniel's and Jim Beam by eliminating a discriminatory tax system struck down by the World Trade Organization. Read More »

US solar companies urge SolarWorld drop China case

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

A coalition that says it represents 97 percent of the US solar industry urged solar panel maker SolarWorld to withdraw a petition asking President Barack Obama's administration to slap punitive duties on China for unfair trading practices. Read More »

Where’s the Beef: US beef consumption in decline

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

For the past decade, cattle ranchers and meat packers watched with despair as America's beef consumption steadily declined, ceding ground to leaner meats as well as vegetarian trends among the health-conscious. Read More »

WTO to arbitrate on US sanctions in Airbus case

AJOT | December 22, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization launched an arbitration process to examine a U.S. claim for up to $10 billion of sanctions against the European Union in a dispute over subsidies for Airbus planes. Read More »

US steel exports sag in October but remain strong compared to 2010

AJOT | December 21, 2011 | International Trade

US steel exports declined 5.1% in October compared to September according to government data. 'The decline in exports was experienced across the board, to all regional markets with the exception of the small African market, as the late summer and early f Read More »

China says India may start probe into solar imports

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

India may launch an anti-dumping probe into imports of Chinese solar products within a month, China's commerce ministry said, but a top Indian renewable energy official denied that any such plan was in the works. Read More »

Deere global, US 2011 headcount is at 4-decade high

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

Deere & Co's headcount likely hit a four-decade high globally in 2011 as the world's largest maker of farm equipment benefited from strong agricultural conditions around the world. Read More »

Li & Fung set to buy Hang Ten for $347 mlllion

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

Hong Kong group Li & Fung, controlled by the billionaire Fung family, is set to buy Hang Ten for about HK$2.7 billion ($347 million), a source with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Read More »

Russia police accuse IKEA managers of corruption

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

Russian police said they had brought criminal charges against three Moscow-based managers of Swedish retailer IKEA on suspicion of bribery and other corrupt practices. Read More »

Russian steel firms bet industry to thrive post-WTO

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

Russian steelmakers have invested heavily before the country's entry to the WTO on a bet that steel-intensive domestic industries such as carmakers will thrive under heightened competition - a risk that has a good chance of paying off. Read More »

US steel exports sag in October but remain strong compared to 2010

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

US steel exports declined 5.1% in October compared to September according to government data. 'The decline in exports was experienced across the board, to all regional markets with the exception of the small African market, as the late summer and early f Read More »

USTR’s Kirk says no trade war but troubled by China

AJOT | December 20, 2011 | International Trade

US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said the United States is not in a trade war with China, but he is troubled by China's tendency to retaliate when other members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) launch trade cases against it. Read More »

Premium Article  Canada: road ahead unmapped for specialty crops in boxes

Leo Quigley | December 15, 2011 | International Trade | Ports & Terminals

The mix of food crop exports north of the U.S./Canada border is changing gradually: but changing nevertheless from wheat to canola and specialty crops such as peas, lentils, canary seed and mustard seed - a large proportion of which moves in containers th Read More »

Premium Article  Opinion: Looking tough and acting tough are two different things

AJOT | December 15, 2011 | International Trade

Editor’s note: The Currency Exchange Rate Oversight Reform Act of 2011 (S. 1619) would establish US tariffs on imports from countries with undervalued currencies. The US Senate approved the bill on October 11, 2011, by a vote of 63-35. As of this writ Read More »

Premium Article  Manufacturing economists confirm rough times ahead

Karen Thuermer | December 15, 2011 | International Trade

Put on your life jackets. We are heading for more economic stormy waters. Read More »

Premium Article  World trade, according to Friedmann

Peter Buxbaum | December 15, 2011 | International Trade

CONECT counsel shares biggest trade developments, trends

International trade is dynamic and changing and not all of the change is for the good. Some positive developments took place in the last year, such as the passage of the Columbia and Sout Read More »

Premium Article  No company is an island when it comes to risk management

Karen Thuermer | December 15, 2011 | International Trade

As if economic conditions have not been challenging enough this year for manufacturers, suppliers and transportation providers, then came along the Sendai earthquake and tsunami in Japan and later the excessive flooding in Thailand. Read More »

Apple struggles to take bigger bite out of China

AJOT | December 15, 2011 | International Trade

Apple Inc's share of China's booming smartphone market has risen sharply in the past two years, but for now the company that sells the iconic iPhone is being outpaced by nimble rivals. Read More »