International Trade

Less than meets the eye in South.Korea’s strong exports

AJOT | August 30, 2011 | International Trade

South Korea's exports may be less resilient than they appear.

The country has posted healthy export growth in recent months even though it is one of Asia's most heavily exposed to the United States and Europe, where growth is fading. But those Read More »

Heinz says Brazil, China deals exceed expectations

AJOT | August 30, 2011 | International Trade

H J Heinz Co's recent acquisitions in Brazil and China are doing better than expected as the food maker works on boosting its business around the globe, Chairman and Chief Executive William Johnson said.

During the ketchup maker's annual shareholders Read More »

Top economies saw trade growth dwindle in Q2-OECD

AJOT | August 30, 2011 | International Trade

A sharp slowdown in merchandise trade growth hit major world economies in the second quarter of 2011, affecting both imports and exports, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said.

The deceleration in import and export growth affe Read More »

Ukraine says to seek trade compromise with Russia

AJOT | August 29, 2011 | International Trade

Ukraine will seek a compromise trade deal with ex-Soviet overlord Russia, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich said after Moscow told Kiev to either join its regional customs union or risk a trade war.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ruled out a sp Read More »

German electronics sector slows after record exports

AJOT | August 29, 2011 | International Trade

Germany's electronics industry growth is expected to slow down after exports grew by a record 11 percent in the first six months of the year thanks to strong demand in China and the United States.

"Speed and dynamics of growth will normalise in the se Read More »

US steel imports fall in July over June

AJOT | August 29, 2011 | International Trade

US steel imports declined in July compared to June by 4.5 percent according to preliminary government data. 'Imports from Canada and semifinished imports declined in July compared to June reflecting weakening conditions in July as prices softened in resp Read More »

Chicago groups sound alarm on Pacific trade pact

AJOT | August 29, 2011 | International Trade

An umbrella group of activists opposed to a proposed U.S. trade deal with eight countries in the Asia Pacific region said they aim to raise public awareness of its potential effects on jobs and the environment when negotiators meet next month in Chicago. Read More »

China vows to appeal raw materials WTO case

AJOT | August 24, 2011 | International Trade

China vowed to appeal a recent World Trade Organization ruling against its raw materials export policy, a case that could threaten Beijing's handling of rare earths.

In July, a WTO legal panel dismissed China's claim that its system of export duties a Read More »

Russia rules out compromise trade deal with Ukraine

AJOT | August 24, 2011 | International Trade

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev ruled out a compromise deal with Ukraine which would have allowed Kiev to pursue free trade pacts with the European Union and a Russian-led regional bloc.

Medvedev said that to secure access to Russia's market and a m Read More »

FTR Shippers Condition Index improves slightly

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

FTR Associates' Shippers Condition Index (SCI) as reported in the August Shippers Update edged up in June to a current reading of -3.1. The SCI sums up all market influences that affect shippers; a reading above zero suggests a favorable shipping environm Read More »

China Mobile talking to Apple on iPhones

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

China Mobile said it hoped to launch Apple iPhones soon to accelerate uptake of high-end 3G services as it reported first-half profit at the top end of expectations.

The world's largest mobile operator by subscribers said it has met with Apple chief e Read More »

US, EU urge Philippines comply on WTO alcohol ruling

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

The United States and European Union urged the Philippines to quickly comply with a new World Trade Organization ruling by ending a discriminatory tax system against foreign alcoholic beverages like Jack Daniel's and Spain's Brandy de Jerez.

"The pane Read More »

US steel exports drop in June from May

AJOT | August 21, 2011 | International Trade

Exports of steel declined in June from May be 4.2% according to government data. 'Declines in exports to NAFTA and Asia reflect more than the total decline. Softening market conditions in NAFTA in June, along with lower exports to the smaller export marke Read More »

EU challenges Canadian green power rules at WTO

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union has launched a legal challenge against Canada at the World Trade Organization to protest against provincial rules for solar and wind energy subsidies, the bloc's executive said.

Following on the heels of a similar challenge by Japan Read More »

South.Korea trade minister sees exports holding up, fears protectionism

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

South Korea's trade minister sees limited impact on the country's exports from a global slowdown caused by debt worries in Europe and the United States, though fears countries will resort to protectionism to protect their economies.

Kim Jong-hoon said Read More »

Li & Fung H1 profit falls on rising costs and weak U.S., Europe

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Li & Fung Ltd , the manager of supply chains for retailers including Wal-Mart Stores Inc and Target Corp , posted a 15 percent decline in its first-half net profit, as rising operating costs and flagging U.S. and European demand ate into margins.

It i Read More »

China may end anti-dumping tax on EU potato starch nxt yr

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

China's anti-dumping tax on potato starch imported from the European Union (EU) may expire in February next year, China's Ministry of Commerce said. Read More »

China imposes duties on imported photo paper

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Companies from the European Union, the United States and Japan have been dumping photographic paper into China's market and will be forced to pay duties at Chinese Customs, China's commerce ministry said.

The initial ruling was the result of an invest Read More »

Zepol reports July vessel imports increase 2.45%

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that U.S. import shipment volume for July, measured in TEUs, increased 2.45% from June but decreased 4.10% from July of 2010. The total number of shipments also increased 3.49% from June w Read More »

Chinese authorities find 22 more fake Apple stores

AJOT | August 11, 2011 | International Trade

Authorities in China's southwestern city of Kunming have identified another 22 unauthorised Apple retailers weeks after a fake of the company's store in the city sparked an international storm.

China's Administration for Industry and Commerce in the Y Read More »