International Trade

US says considers whether to appeal WTO meat ruling

AJOT | November 20, 2011 | International Trade

The United States, facing a World Trade Organization ruling against a law requiring country-of-origin labels on all meat sold in grocery stores, is considering all options including an appeal, the trade representative's office said. Read More »

Wal-Mart Japan unit plans 20 more stores in 2012

AJOT | November 20, 2011 | International Trade

The Japanese arm of U.S. retailer Wal-Mart is planning to add 20 stores across various formats next year to capitalise on its rising profits in the country, its top executive said. Read More »

Calls for more WTO-style reforms in China

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

Ten years after joining the World Trade Organisation, China has clearly gained -- it is now the world's second-biggest economy -- but foreign multinationals and Chinese reformers alike worry that the drive to open its markets has stalled. Read More »

Coke to pour $2 billion into India over 5 years

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

Coca-Cola Co said it will invest $2 billion in India over the next five years, a move that will heat up competition with PepsiCo Inc in one of the fastest-growing economies. Read More »

EU plans probe of US bioethanol subsidies

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union's trade authority plans to start an investigation into whether U.S. bioethanol exporters are receiving unfair state subsidies and selling their fuel to Europe at illegally low prices, diplomats said on Tuesday. Read More »

Major yuan rise no cure for U.S. economic ills

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. trade and employment problems would not be solved by even a major appreciation of China's yuan versus the dollar, Chinese President Hu Jintao was quoted as saying. Read More »

Mexico threatens to take China to WTO tribunal

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

Mexico has threatened to seek arbitration from the World Trade Organization in a long-running dispute accusing China of flooding its market with cheap goods, the Economy Ministry said. Read More »

No agreement yet on APEC ‘green’ tech trade plan

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

Asia Pacific trade ministers Friday said they were unable to agree on the terms of an initiative pushed by the United States to boost trade in clean energy and other environmentally friendly technologies. Read More »

Obama toughens tone with China as businesses vent

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

The head of Boeing chose his words carefully as he explained to U.S. President Barack Obama the "dilemma" that Corporate America faces in trying to do business in China. Read More »

Obama’s Pacific aspirations strain ties with China

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama's campaign to reassert the United States as a Pacific power, only days old, has triggered a sharp reaction from China, presaging tough times ahead as the two economic giants vie for influence. Read More »

WTO fatigue fuels Asia-Pacific trade deal

AJOT | November 15, 2011 | International Trade

Impatience with long-running world trade talks, and a desire to snap out of slow economic growth, explain why countries are flocking to a U.S.-led Asia-Pacific free trade agreement, New Zealand Trade Minister Tim Groser said. Read More »

Imports slide again in September
 on decrease in semis for Steel Mills


AJOT | November 03, 2011 | International Trade

Steel imports declined again in September by 9.1 percent compared to August, according to preliminary government data. 'Imports continue their downward trend, reflecting weakening market conditions, especially as regards to imports of semifinished produc Read More »

Obama to shift spotlight to Asia at Hawaii summit

AJOT | November 03, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama, whose foreign policy agenda has been dominated by Middle East upheaval and European debt this year, will try to shift the spotlight to Asia this month to make good on his promise to deepen U.S. ties in the region. Read More »

US presses China on WTO financial services promises

AJOT | November 03, 2011 | International Trade

The United States criticized China for failing to implement commitments to open its financial services markets that it made a decade ago in order to join the World Trade Organization. Read More »

Vietnam rejects US push on state firms in trade talks

AJOT | November 03, 2011 | International Trade

Vietnam rejected a U.S. proposal to establish new trade rules for state-owned companies, which Washington says often benefit from unfair subsidies and protections. Read More »

After 18 years, Russia on verge of WTO membership

AJOT | October 30, 2011 | International Trade

Russia was close to joining the World Trade Organization after being offered a "take it or leave it" compromise on Thursday by its tiny neighbour Georgia, the last holdout in Moscow's tortuous 18-year path to membership of the global trading club. Read More »

China exporters see slowdown risks grow on global woes

AJOT | October 30, 2011 | International Trade

China exporters face a deeply uncertain outlook due to fragile Western demand and a tightening credit environment and three out of four of them fear a wave of factory closures next year, a Reuters poll at China's largest trade event showed. Read More »

Georgia says accepts new proposal on Russia trade

AJOT | October 30, 2011 | International Trade

Georgia accepted a new proposal from Swiss mediators aimed at resolving a border trade dispute and paving the way for Russia to join the World Trade Organization, a senior Georgian diplomat told Reuters. Read More »

Reformist Japan farmers urge free trade to spur change

AJOT | October 30, 2011 | International Trade

Like other farmers on this fertile, coastal plain in northeast Japan, where patchwork rice fields stretch to the mountains beyond, Kazushi Saito knows firsthand that the nation's shrinking agricultural sector is in dire straits. Read More »

South Korea to miss self-imposed deadline on US trade pact

AJOT | October 30, 2011 | International Trade

South Korea's ruling party on Friday rejected opposition demands for changes to a free trade deal with the United States but said it would not use its parliamentary majority to push through the pact before the self-imposed deadline of end-October. Read More »