International Trade

Trade diplomats ‘roll sleeves up’ in new WTO push

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | International Trade

Trade diplomats returned to the negotiating table for "practical and business-like" talks about the compromises needed to clinch a new global free trade accord this year. Read More »

China says tax policies meet WTO rules

AJOT | September 09, 2007 | International Trade

China said that domestic politics had driven US and Mexican complaints about its tax regime, and a World Trade Organization investigation would find Beijing's policies already met global rules. Read More »

US, Japan, Australia summit planned

AJOT | September 03, 2007 | International Trade

The United States, Japan and Australia plan to hold their first-ever summit to discuss North Korea's nuclear ambitions and China's military build-up, Japanese government officials said. Read More »

US mulls hiking duties on CAFTA partner Honduras

AJOT | September 03, 2007 | International Trade

The Bush administration could re-impose duties this fall on sock imports from Honduras, one of the United States' newest free trade partners, as it scrambles for votes in Congress on other free trade pacts. Read More »

US to push food, product safety at APEC summit

AJOT | September 03, 2007 | International Trade

The United States will press China to do more to ensure the safety of its exports at a regional summit meeting in Sydney, US Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez said. Read More »

Group finds China toy factory conditions “brutal”

AJOT | August 26, 2007 | International Trade

A US-based workers' rights group said it found "brutal conditions" and labor violations at eight Chinese plants that make toys for big multinationals, and called on the companies to take steps for better standards. Read More »

Iraq plans WTO membership, trade minister says

AJOT | August 26, 2007 | International Trade

Iraq plans to enact a business-friendly customs code and expects to join the World Trade Organization (WTO) within two years despite the violence damaging its economy, the Iraqi trade minister said. Read More »

Bush tries to strengthen ties with Canada, Mexico

AJOT | August 26, 2007 | International Trade

US President George W. Bush tried to assure leaders of Canada and Mexico that the United States wants to build closer ties with them, despite the distraction of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Read More »

Japan PM visits India, eyeing trade and China

AJOT | August 26, 2007 | International Trade

Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in India for a high-profile visit to India with around 200 business executives in a trip designed to boost trade with a booming economy and counterbalance China. Read More »

‘Aid for trade’ targets Latin American trade

AJOT | August 19, 2007 | International Trade

The Inter-American Development Bank is helping small and medium-sized exporters in Colombia obtain access to the US market with a grant of $850,000. The grant comes through the IDB's Multilateral Investment Fund. The Washington-based IDB is also active in Read More »

China’s factories slow the tempo in July

AJOT | August 19, 2007 | International Trade

China's industrial output slowed more than expected in July after tax changes made exports less attractive, suggesting to some economists that the country's politically sensitive trade surplus may shrink in coming months. Read More »

US agency, lawmakers seek tests of China-made toys

AJOT | August 19, 2007 | International Trade

The US toy industry is under growing pressure from US lawmakers and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to launch a testing program to ensure the safety of products from China, officials said. Read More »

Li & Fung H1 jumps 38%, unveils buys

AJOT | August 19, 2007 | International Trade

Li & Fung, the sourcing and trading firm that posted a 38% jump in first-half earnings, has agreed to buy two firms for nearly US$250 million and is looking for more. Read More »

Trade officials reject calls for NAFTA overhaul

AJOT | August 19, 2007 | International Trade

The top trade officials of Canada, the United States and Mexico dismissed calls to overhaul or scrap NAFTA, but said parts of the trade deal could always be improved. Read More »

US exports to China from all Congressional Districts

AJOT | August 12, 2007 | International Trade

The US-China Business Council (USCBC) released the full analysis of US exports to China from all 435 districts in the US House of Representatives. "This report illustrates the widespread benefits to the US economy that have resulted from growing US export Read More »

US upholds ITC import ban against Qualcomm

AJOT | August 12, 2007 | International Trade

The Bush Administration said it upheld a US trade agency ban on imports of some advanced mobile phones using Qualcomm Inc chips at the center of a patent dispute. Read More »

EU bans British livestock, meat and dairy exports

AJOT | August 12, 2007 | International Trade

The European Union slapped a ban on all British exports of fresh meat, live animals and milk products following the country's recent outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), the European Commission said. Read More »

Japan studying US data to decide on beef rules

AJOT | August 12, 2007 | International Trade

Tokyo currently only allows American beef from cattle aged 20 months or younger, as a precaution against mad cow disease, but it has started to take steps which industry officials believe could lead to raising the age limit to 30 months. The data was prov Read More »

US, Britain optimistic on global trade

AJOT | August 05, 2007 | International Trade

The United States and Britain are optimistic that World Trade Organization members can reach a long-sought agreement soon in the Doha round of world trade talks, the two countries' leaders said. Read More »

EU offers banana tariff cut to soothe Latin America

AJOT | August 05, 2007 | International Trade

EU negotiators have offered to cut import duties for Latin American bananas, hoping to placate major exporters like Ecuador and Panama and persuade them to drop international trade suits, industry sources said. Read More »