International Trade

South Korea Q2 exports seen weighed down by uncertainty

AJOT | March 28, 2011 | International Trade

As uncertainties driven by high oil prices and Japan's devastating earthquake raise anxiety, South Korean exporters see their businesses turn bearish in the second quarter, private sector data showed.

The findings by the country's top association of f Read More »

China trade swings to largest deficit in 7 years

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

China swung to a surprise trade deficit in February of $7.3 billion, its largest in seven years, as the Lunar New Year holiday dealt an unexpectedly sharp blow to exports.

It was China's first trade deficit since March last year and its biggest since Read More »

Euro area trade deficit widens in January

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

Countries using the euro reported a wider trade deficit in January than a year earlier although trading activity continued to grow, according to figures published.

The European Union's statistics office Eurostat said the 17 countries using the euro ha Read More »

Thailand’s main exports and markets in February

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

The value of Thailand's exports rose a much higher-than-expected 31.0 percent in February from a year earlier to a record high as demand from key markets increased, data from the Commerce Ministry showed. Read More »

Ford wants to raise its game in ASEAN

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

Ford Motor Co said it planned to introduce eight new vehicles into Southeast Asia over the next five years as part of its effort to win market share in the fast-growing region.

The second-largest U.S. automaker has had a "favourable" year so far with Read More »

Steel imports decline in February from January 16.1%

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

Imports declined by 16.1 percent in February compared to January according to preliminary government data. 'Imports declined from major supplying countries, such as Canada, Mexico, EU and Japan. Oil country tubular goods ' which had increased strongly i Read More »

EU appeals WTO ruling in China fasteners dispute

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union has appealed against a World Trade Organisation ruling that said its duties on fasteners from China broke international trade rules, a WTO spokesman. Read More »

EU seal pelts import ban dispute goes to WTO court

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

Seal pelt exporter Canada won the right to have its grievance against a European Union import ban heard through the World Trade Organisation's (WTO) court system.

The issue now goes before a panel of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body, a WTO official s Read More »

US says China missed copyright goods deadline

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

China has missed a deadline to comply with a World Trade Organization ruling against restrictions on foreign companies distributing copyright-intensive goods like books, newspapers, films, DVDs and music, a U.S. official said.

"The U.S. government is Read More »

Canada, So. Korea close to resolving beef dispute

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

Canada and South Korea are "very, very close" to diplomatically resolving an 8-year-old dispute over Canada's beef exports, the Canadian agriculture minister.

Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz said talks have made progress as a decision from a World Tra Read More »

Group urges US not to implement WTO loss to China

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

The United States should refuse to implement a World Trade Organization ruling that would weaken its ability to use countervailing duty laws against subsidized goods from China, a coalition of labor and business groups said.

"In a series of increasing Read More »

US, China steel dispute goes to WTO court

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) referred to its court system a U.S. complaint against China over anti-dumping duties that China has imposed on certain types of electrical steel.

The issue now goes before a panel of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body Read More »

Shanghai to scan Japanese food, cargo for radiation

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Shanghai authorities have ordered detailed checks of imports from Japan for radioactivity, including on food, people and cargo, Chinese state media reported.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau placed the announcement on its websi Read More »

EU plans five-year duties on Chinese glossy paper

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

The European Commission has proposed a five-year import tariff worth up to 39.1 percent on imports of coated fine paper from China, according to a document obtained by Reuters.

The tariff, which needs the approval of European Union member states and m Read More »

Steel exports jump in January over December

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Steel exports increased 14.2 percent in January compared to December according to government data. 'Exports jumped in January, as shipments increased strongly to both NAFTA and our other trading partners in the Western Hemisphere. These data show strong Read More »

Japan’s feed grain imports to slow, limited rice need

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Japan's feed grain imports could slow to a trickle in coming months as quake-hit feed mills make importers wary of signing new deals, and limited damage to the domestic rice crop will likely cap imports of the foodgrain.

Japan will instead resort to m Read More »

US sees

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

The Obama administration sees "a window of opportunity" to work with the Colombian government to address concerns about anti-union violence that have blocked approval of a bilateral free trade deal for more than four years, U.S. officials said.

"We be Read More »

Obama to refocus on Latin America amid Chinese push

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama travels to Latin America this week seeking to reassert economic leadership in a region Washington once dominated but where it now faces growing competition from China.

On his first trip south of the border in nearly two years, O Read More »

US senators urge pressure on China over rare earths

AJOT | March 14, 2011 | International Trade

Two U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama's administration "to step up its fight against China's hoarding of critical rare earth elements" by blocking funding for Chinese mining projects.

Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Debbie Stabenow sa Read More »

WTO top court backs China in US duties dispute

AJOT | March 14, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization's top court upheld some Chinese objections to a ruling that had backed the right of the United States to impose extra duties on Chinese goods that Washington said were unfairly priced and subsidized.

In particular, the app Read More »