International Trade

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 »

Thailand’s PTT slashes investment budget amid Asia slump

AJOT | July 10, 2013 | International Trade

Chapman Freeborn and Air Cargo International (ACI) have successfully completed a high-profile Antonov AN-225 charter to transport five giant compressors totalling 140 tons from South Korea to France. Read More »

After boom years, some Chinese firms run into trouble in crisis-hit Sudan

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

When Chinese clothing wholesaler Chan Cui Xiao signed a deal with a Sudanese businessman to export colourful bed sheets to the African country he was confident of making good money. Read More »

Bangladesh tells EU it will boost worker rights, inspections

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

Bangladesh pledged to quickly boost worker rights and recruit more factory inspectors as it seeks to preserve European Union trade benefits after 1,129 workers were killed in the collapse of a garment plant in April. Read More »

China warns of “grim” trade outlook after surprise exports fall

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

China warned of a "grim" outlook for trade after a surprise fall in June exports, raising fresh concerns about the extent of the slowdown in the world's second-largest economy and increasing the pressure on the government to act. Read More »

Ethiopia expected to join WTO in 2015

AJOT | July 09, 2013 | International Trade

Ethiopia expects to join the World Trade Organisation in 2015 without heeding to demands that it liberalizes its state-run banking and telecoms sectors, the Foreign Ministry said. Read More »

Bangladesh garment sales soar despite deadly incidents

AJOT | July 08, 2013 | International Trade

Bangladesh's exports rose 16.3 percent in June to $2.7 billion on the year, boosted by stronger clothing sales, an export body said on Tuesday, as the low-cost country retains its allure for cost-crunching global retailers despite deadly incidents. Read More »