International Trade

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 »

US senators urge strong Asia-Pacific trade rules

AJOT | May 19, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. trade officials faced Senate pressure to get tough on intellectual property theft in the Asia Pacific region and ensure a proposed regional free trade agreement puts restrictions on state-owned enterprises grabbing a bigger share of world trade.

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Colombia tackles union attacks for U.S. trade pact

AJOT | May 19, 2011 | International Trade

As a leader in a union of health care workers, Ligia Galeano knows firsthand how dangerous it is to organize workers in Colombia. First hitmen killed her union activist sister in 2000, then they came for her.

Scary phone calls warned her she "smelled Read More »

WTO gives mixed verdict on Airbus appeal

AJOT | May 19, 2011 | International Trade

Trade judges partially overturned a ruling that had accused EU states of giving Airbus illegal subsidies, but said the aircraft maker did receive billions of dollars of unfair aid that harmed Boeing.

Upholding a European appeal, World Trade Organisati Read More »

China piracy cost US firms $48 blllion in 2009

AJOT | May 19, 2011 | International Trade

Chinese piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. software and a wide range of other intellectual property cost American businesses an estimated $48 billion in 2009, the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a report released.

It also concluded 2.1 mill Read More »

Cargill to ship Ivorian cocoa stocks end of June

AJOT | May 19, 2011 | International Trade

Cargill hopes by the end of June to ship cocoa that has been stuck in its warehouses during Ivory Coast's political crisis, the U.S. agribusiness company said.

"We want to empty our warehouses as soon as possible because that will allow us to fully re Read More »

US Republicans press for results from US-China talks

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

Congressional Republicans urged the Obama administration to hold China's feet to the fire over currency and industrial policies they said are hurting American companies.

"The U.S.-China relationship is critically important. But much work needs to be d Read More »

EU slaps first anti-subsidy duties on China

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union imposed a five-year hike in duties on imports of glossy paper from China, the first EU challenge to Chinese state subsidies and a sign of more to come. In a double swipe likely to anger China, the bloc said it would charge duties worth Read More »

US steel exports increase strongly in March

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

Steel exports increased in March by 19 percent over February according to government data. 'We believed that the low levels of exports in February could have been due to logistics disruptions related to weather in February and the shortness of the month, Read More »

White House draws worker aid line over trade pacts

AJOT | May 17, 2011 | International Trade

The White House will not submit legislation to Congress to implement free trade pacts with South Korea, Panama and Colombia without a deal to extend aid to U.S. workers affected by overseas competition, senior officials said.

The Obama administration Read More »