International Trade

Russia set to end EU vegetable import ban

AJOT | June 13, 2011 | International Trade

Russia agreed to lift a ban on vegetable imports from the European Union if the EU provides safety guarantees, clearing the way to ending a row over a fatal outbreak of E.coli in Europe.

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso told a news co Read More »

Vietnam import rules to fight fakes, not legitimate imports

AJOT | June 13, 2011 | International Trade

Vietnamese government measures that are likely to make it more complicated to import alcohol, cosmetics, mobile phones and autos do not violate World Trade Organisation rules and are aimed at stopping a flood of fakes, a senior official said. Read More »

Colombia envoy sees US approval of trade deal soon

AJOT | June 13, 2011 | International Trade

Colombia's ambassador to Washington said he is confident the U.S. Congress will approve a long-delayed trade deal by the end of summer and Bogota would meet a June 15 U.S. deadline for additional labor reforms.

"We are working hand in hand to get to t Read More »

EU envoy says Russia vegetable ban against WTO rules

AJOT | June 06, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union's envoy to Moscow said that Russia's ban on imports of raw vegetables from the EU was not justified and contradicted World Trade Organisation rules.

Russia enforced the ban after accusing Brussels of failing to give sufficient infor Read More »

Germany steps up hunt for deadly E.coli source

AJOT | June 06, 2011 | International Trade

Racing to curb the spread of a killer food bug, Germany set up a national task force on Friday to hunt down the source of a highly toxic strain of E.coli that killed 17 people and sounded alarms around the world.

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, Read More »

China paper warns Google may pay price for hacking claims

AJOT | June 06, 2011 | International Trade

Google has become a "political tool" vilifying the Chinese government, an official Beijing newspaper said, warning that the U.S. Internet giant's statements about hacking attacks traced to China could hurt its business.

The tough warning appeared in t Read More »

Ford India sales growth seen at 12-15% in 2011

AJOT | June 06, 2011 | International Trade

Ford Motor Co's Indian unit expects sales to grow 12 to 15 percent in 2011, in line with the estimate for the country's automotive sector, its head said, but added high commodity prices and input costs remained concerns.

Vehicle sales in India, the se Read More »

Canada exporters face headwinds, new minister says

AJOT | June 06, 2011 | International Trade

Canada's new trade minister cautioned that the strong currency and growing competition from emerging economies could stall the country's export growth.

In his inaugural speech, Ed Fast promised quick action on the Conservative government's trade agend Read More »

Japan takes Canada to WTO over green-power rules

AJOT | June 02, 2011 | International Trade

Japan asked the World Trade Organization to form a legal panel to decide whether Canadian provincial backing for solar and wind energy projects gives an unfair advantage to domestic equipment makers.

Japan has given up direct attempts to resolve a spa Read More »

New US report urges duty-free access for Pakistan

AJOT | June 02, 2011 | International Trade

The United States should offer duty-free access to its markets for Pakistani exports, a new report says, declaring that trade might succeed where aid has not in developing a vibrant economy and stable partner.

The report by a study group convened by t Read More »

China challenges WTO ruling on US tIre tariffs

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

China appealed a ruling by the World Trade Organization, insisting the United States flouted international trade rules when it imposed trade barriers on car tIres imported from China, a WTO spokesman said.

A legal panel at the WTO last year ruled that Read More »

WTO starts long countdown to end of EU Airbus aid

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization will next month start a six-month countdown for Europe to end aid schemes potentially worth billions of dollars to planemaker Airbus, though a final resolution on aircraft subsidies could be years away.

A special meeting o Read More »

Trade talks crisis may spur progress

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

Countries taking part in talks to promote global free trade will reach a crisis point in the coming months, which could get the stalled negotiations moving again, Europe's trade negotiator said.

The Doha round of talks has been going on for 10 years b Read More »

Obama, Medvedev press for quick Russia WTO entry

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pressed to speed up Russia's bid to join the World Trade Organization.

Obama, who met Medvedev on the sidelines of the G8 summit in France, told reporters Russia's entry would be good f Read More »

US lifts duties on some steel from Brazil, Japan

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

A U.S. trade panel voted to remove duties on hot-rolled steel from Brazil and Japan in a rare victory for U.S. steel-consuming industries.

The U.S. International Trade Commission voted 4-2 that U.S. steel producers were unlikely to be harmed by liftin Read More »

CO2 costs seen boosting EU steel imports

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

Europe's steelmakers look set to boost imports of semi-finished products as an alternative to investing in carbon credits or cleaner technology ahead of tougher emission rules.

Though not due until 2013, planned changes to the European Union's emissio Read More »

US Steel imports increase 2.8% in April

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

Steel mill product imports increased 2.8 percent in April over March, according to the government's preliminary import data. 'These import arrivals from non-NAFTA countries reflect slowly improving market conditions at the beginning of the year' said Davi Read More »

Industry calls for an end to archaic way international trade is controlled

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

Current customs and trade compliance requirements are holding back international commerce and putting huge strains on the national authorities controlling them.

The whole system is costly, inefficient and unnecessarily bureaucratic, and needs to be fu Read More »

US, partners set target for TransPacific trade deal

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

The United States and eight other Asia Pacific countries agreed to strive for the "broad outlines" of a free trade pact by the time President Barack Obama hosts a regional summit in Hawaii in November.

The proposed TransPacific Partnership pact would Read More »

Cargill, Wal-Mart press APEC on food security stance

AJOT | May 26, 2011 | International Trade

Food and retail giants Cargill and Wal-Mart said they were looking for Asia Pacific trade ministers to recommit to open markets as a way to boost food security.

Ministers need to take "the use of food as a weapon off the screen," Emery Koenig, senior Read More »