International Trade

Transporting cargo requires skill, knowledge and training

AJOT | December 09, 2007 | International Trade

Not too long ago, transporting cargo was a relatively simple affair. Freight was picked up at a loading dock, transferred to a truck for delivery to ship or airplane, with a reverse process at destination. Today, freight is no longer simply freight. It i Read More »

US/ Peru Trade Promotion Agreement passed

AJOT | December 09, 2007 | International Trade

The US Senate passed the US/ Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) (HR 3688), 77 ' 18, previously negotiated by the Bush Administration, and approved by the US House of Representatives in November. The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) applau Read More »

WTO appoints Chinese judge, Taiwan drops objection

AJOT | December 09, 2007 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) appointed four appeal judges, including one Chinese, after Taiwan dropped its objections, easing tension between the two rivals and defusing a looming crisis. Read More »

UK panel urges rich countries to save trade talks

AJOT | December 09, 2007 | International Trade

Rich countries must make unilateral concessions to spur on marathon world trade talks or call a halt to the negotiations if they are going nowhere, British legislators said. Read More »

US current account deficit narrowing may not slow world trade

AJOT | December 09, 2007 | International Trade

A narrowing of the US current account deficit would not necessarily cause a slow-down in global merchandise trade growth, the World Trade Organization (WTO) said. Read More »

Canadian ports to get improved borrowing regime

AJOT | December 02, 2007 | International Trade

Recently responding to urgent demands of the past few years, Canada's federal government has proposed regulatory changes that would put existing borrowing and funding regimes for Canadian ports on a more competitive footing with US and other foreign ports Read More »

US farm leader criticizes “free riders” in WTO talks

AJOT | December 02, 2007 | International Trade

A long-awaited world trade deal will remain out of reach until developing countries agree to open their markets to more US farm goods, the head of the largest US farm organization said. Read More »

Brazil, Canada seek WTO probes of US farm subsidies

AJOT | December 02, 2007 | International Trade

Brazil and Canada called for the World Trade Organization (WTO) to investigate US farm subsidies, which they said break WTO rules. Read More »

US, China resolve subsidy dispute at WTO

AJOT | December 02, 2007 | International Trade

The United States has resolved a dispute with China over industrial subsidies, which Washington had challenged at the World Trade Organization, the top US trade official said. Read More »

South Korea sees US trade deal approval by Feb.

AJOT | December 02, 2007 | International Trade

South Korea's trade minister said he expected parliament to approve a free trade deal with the United States by February, but cautioned that US pressure on the beef and car sectors may create a backlash. Read More »

Research reveals new export landscape for ASEAN and Asia

AJOT | November 25, 2007 | International Trade

DHL revealed the findings of a study they commissioned to Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) on regional trade flows. The report entitled Trading up: A New Export Landscape for ASEAN and Asia, examines the movement of goods across borders in Asia, with ASE Read More »

House of Representatives Approves US/ Peru TPA

AJOT | November 18, 2007 | International Trade

The American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) praised the US House of Representatives for voting 285 ' 132 to approve the US/ Peru Trade Promotion Agreement (TPA) negotiated by the Bush Administration. AAFA actively supports the US/ Peru TPA and, in Read More »

China set to get first judge on WTO’s top court

AJOT | November 18, 2007 | International Trade

China is set to get its first judge on the World Trade Organization's highest court, diplomats and officials said. Read More »

EU seen speeding up trade talks with Peru, Colombia

AJOT | November 18, 2007 | International Trade

The European Union has agreed to speed up trade talks with Peru and Colombia because their economies are more advanced than other nations in the Andean Community trade bloc, an official for the Andean group said. Read More »

Ukraine steps closer to WTO with Kyrgyzstan deal

AJOT | November 18, 2007 | International Trade

Ukraine signed a trade agreement with ex-Soviet Kyrgyzstan to eliminate one of the final hurdles to membership of the World Trade Organization 14 years after launching negotiations. Read More »

CAGTC outlines role for PPPs in freight infrastructure

AJOT | November 11, 2007 | International Trade

The Coalition for America's Gateways and Trade Corridors (CAGTC) released its official policy on the role of public-private partnerships (PPPs) in the future of freight infrastructure network, making specific policy recommendations to guide the develop Read More »

US analysts glum on Doha trade deal chances

AJOT | November 11, 2007 | International Trade

US trade policy experts on Thursday offered a pessimistic view of world trade talks, with one pronouncing the negotiations already dead and another saying any agreement would fall far short of initial expectations. Read More »

China Oct. trade surplus set to beat record

AJOT | November 11, 2007 | International Trade

China's trade surplus for October probably easily set a new record high, underscoring the strength of its export machine and potentially handing further ammunition to US and European critics of Beijing's trade policies. Read More »

Africa, EU deals likely

AJOT | November 11, 2007 | International Trade

A new trade deal, or deals, between Europe and countries in eastern and southern Africa look likely, but only because of fears over trade disruptions if no deal is done, a trade expert said. Read More »

China 2007 trade surplus to hit $250bln

AJOT | November 04, 2007 | International Trade

China's trade surplus is expected to reach $250 billion this year, as exports surge to $1.2 trillion and imports grow to $950 billion, the Xinhua news agency reported, citing a Ministry of Commerce official. Read More »