International Trade

EU accused of not cutting tariffs on tech imports

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Japan, Taiwan and the United States accused the European Union of failing to abolish taxes on some electronic hardware imports, despite being told to do so by the World Trade Organization, sources said.

The three countries launched a complaint against Read More »

WTO favors Mexico in tuna dispute with US

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of Mexico in a dispute over tuna with the United States that began more than 20 years ago, a high-ranking source close to the negotiations told Reuters.

The WTO's decision lifts restrictions for Mexico t Read More »

Russia aims to return to top grain shippers club

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Russia expects to reprise its role as a leading grain exporter this season thanks to a good harvest after last year's severe drought forced it to impose an export embargo, the Agriculture Minister said.

Russia sees grain exports of 18 million tons in Read More »

EU plan for bicycle duties angers Chinese exporters

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union is set to extend import duties on Chinese-made bicycles and parts until 2014, according to a document seen by Reuters, in a move that may anger Chinese exporters and worsen EU-China trade ties.

EU trade officials proposed a three-ye Read More »

Animal welfare groups seek ban on exports to Turkey

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Animal welfare groups called for the European Union to suspend exports of live animals to Turkey, describing as "horrific" the transport conditions they uncovered in an investigation, including dehydration and blistering heat.

"We are calling for the Read More »

EU plans five-year duties on Chinese tiles

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Chinese ceramic tiles will face punitive import duties at European borders until 2016, under plans drawn up by the European Union's executive Commission, a document seen by Reuters showed.

Duties of up to 69.7 percent will hit some 275 million euros' Read More »

EU tightens rules on unsafe children’s toys

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union introduced tighter safety measures for children's toys on Wednesday, a measure that could hurt Chinese imports which make up 80 percent of all EU toy imports.

The new rules specifically target toys that contain phthalates, a plastic Read More »

US senator urges pressure on Russia to open up autos

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

A US senator from a major auto-producing state urged the top U.S. trade official to demand Russia drop barriers to American cars before being allowed to join the World Trade Organization.

"Russia requires that automakers produce an arbitrary number of Read More »

Zepol’s quality hard data drives growth

AJOT | July 24, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol, a provider of hard data for US international trade, has grown quickly because of the quality of the figures, in a business that has its share of street corner palm readers. The following is an interview with Paul Rasmussen, President and CEO of Read More »

Mongolia exports rise 52% in H1, mostly to China

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | International Trade

Exports from landlocked Mongolia rose 52.3% in the first half of 2011 to a total value of $2 billion, with 90 percent of the total delivered to its dominant southern neighbour China, according to official data.

Mineral resources accounted for the bulk Read More »

Russia allows Polish vegetable imports

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | International Trade

Russia will permit the resumption of vegetable imports from Poland, the Interfax news agency cited the head of Russia's consumer protection agency as saying.

Russia banned imports of raw vegetables from the European Union on June 2 due to a deadly E.c Read More »

China forces EU to rewrite rules in first WTO win

AJOT | July 18, 2011 | International Trade

China won its first victory against the European Union at the World Trade Organization on Friday in a case that could thwart further EU anti-dumping claims until there is a change in European trade law.

The EU came off worst after accusing China of fl Read More »

China pledges equal domestic and export rare earth policies

AJOT | July 14, 2011 | International Trade

China said it will meet World Trade Organization rules by applying the "same policies" to domestic and overseas rare earth companies, a day after the United States and Europe slammed China on its new quotas of the highly sought minerals.

"China will, Read More »

EU, Canada trade pact stalls on public services

AJOT | July 14, 2011 | International Trade

Talks about a free-trade pact between Europe and Canada stalled this week as negotiators disagreed on how to open public contracts and services markets to each other's operators.

It now seems unlikely a pact that could add billions to annual income an Read More »

Russia will not make WTO concessions on cars

AJOT | July 14, 2011 | International Trade

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said Russia will not give up its new rules for vehicle assembly for major global manufacturers in order to win entry into the World Trade Organization.

The new rules, already accepted by companies such as General Motors , Read More »

Obama said ready to move on South Korea trade bill

AJOT | July 14, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama will soon send a free trade pact with South Korea to Congress for approval despite Republican threats to vote against it because of a retraining program for workers displaced by trade, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley said. Read More »

US infrastructure could impede export goals

AJOT | July 13, 2011 | International Trade

The United States needs to beef up infrastructure spending, likely by more than called for under current proposals, if it is to meet the Obama administration's goal of doubling exports to create jobs and strengthen the economy, a United Parcel Service exe Read More »

US considers removing all tariffs for poor nations

AJOT | July 13, 2011 | International Trade

The US. government said it is investigating the probable economic effects of eliminating all tariffs and quotas on goods from the world's least-developed countries.

The U.S. International Trade Commission said it would report its findings to the U.S. Read More »

WTO finds for Vietnam vs US in shrimp dumping case

AJOT | July 13, 2011 | International Trade

World Trade Organisation judges ruled that the United States is violating global trade rules in using its controversial "zeroing" method to impose anti-dumping tariffs on shrimp from Vietnam.

The decision by a three-member panel was the latest of a se Read More »

US trade gap surges to nearly 3-year high on oil

AJOT | July 13, 2011 | International Trade

The U.S. trade gap widened sharply in May to its highest level in nearly three years as surging oil prices helped push imports to a near record and exports fell slightly from April's all-time high.

The trade deficit totaled $50.2 billion, the highest Read More »