International Trade

Steel imports increase in January semis lead increase

AJOT | February 25, 2010 | International Trade

Imports increased by 15.9 percent in January compared to December but were off by 31 percent from January 2009. 'Imports increased in January in response to the slowly improving market conditions,' reported David Phelps, president, AIIS. Read More »

US slaps duties on steel pipe from China

AJOT | February 25, 2010 | International Trade

The United States has imposed preliminary duties ranging from 11 to 13 percent on steel pipe from China it said were unfairly subsidized, a source familiar with the decision said. Read More »

World trade contracted 12% in 2009

AJOT | February 25, 2010 | International Trade

Global trade contracted by about 12 percent in 2009 but has started to pick up, the head of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) said.

WTO Director General Pascal Lamy said the organisation had revised its previous estimate of a contraction of Read More »

EU calls on US to correct antidumping measures

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The European Union called for the United States to drop a controversial method of tackling unfairly priced imports, triggering an arbitration process at the World Trade Organisation. Read More »

French traders sentenced for mislabelling wine

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

A dozen wine producers and traders were found guilty of having supplied an American trader with mislabelled "pinot noir" wines and six were handed a suspended prison sentence.

In a rare case pitting some local French producers from the southw Read More »

US asks WTO to arbitrate EU sanctions claim

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

U.S. trade officials have objected to the European Union's request to impose up to $311 million in annual sanctions on U.S. goods in a long-running dispute over a method for calculating anti-dumping duties, a U.S. trade official.

"On February Read More »

EU opens dumping probe into Chinese coated paper

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

European Union trade inspectors have launched a probe into whether imports of coated fine paper from China are being dumped in the bloc's market, following a complaint from European industries.

European fine paper makers association CEPIFINE, Read More »

Sugar exporters criticise EU sales plan at WTO

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Australia, Brazil and Thailand -- the world's three biggest sugar exporters -- condemned the European Union's plans to sell an extra half a million tons of sugar. Read More »

Europe ready to back bluefin tuna trade ban

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Europe looks set to support an unprecedented ban on the international trade in bluefin tuna, a species driven towards extinction by insatiable demand from Japan, where a single fish can fetch $100,000. Read More »

Russian grain exports to rise in February

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

Russian grain exports in February this year may reach 2 million tons, which is above both January 2010 and February 2009 volumes, provided all previously signed supply contracts are fulfilled.

But acute competition on the world grain, mainly Read More »

China poultry issue a longer haul than Russia spat

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The United States continues to work with Russia to find a fix for Moscow's ban on U.S. poultry, but officials are just beginning to sort out how to deal with a new chicken trade spat with China, a top Obama administration farm trade official. Read More »

Indian official warns against mixing climate, trade

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

A senior Indian trade official warned there was a growing trend for countries to use unreasonable environmental and health standards as a covert form of protectionism, blocking trade already hit by global slowdown. Trade Secretary Rahul Khullar said count Read More »

Strong demand seen in EU out-of-quota sugar

AJOT | February 21, 2010 | International Trade

The European Commission is expected to issue export licences for a further 119,000 tons of out-of-quota sugar, completing its controversial export of unsubsidised sugar, an EU official said.

The EU authorised the export of an additional 500,0 Read More »

China launches dispute at WTO over EU shoe duties

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

China launched a dispute at the World Trade Organisation against EU duties on shoes, but the European Union insisted its measures were in line with WTO rules and denied they were protectionist.

China's protest against anti-dumping duties exte Read More »

Canada, US strike deal to end “Buy American” spat

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

Canada has reached a tentative deal with the United States to end a dispute over "Buy American" provisions in U.S. legislation that had strained bilateral ties, the two trading partners announced on Friday. Read More »

After US deal, Taiwan to buy helicopters from Europe

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

Taiwan said it would buy up to 20 military helicopters from a European manufacturer less than a week after Washington infuriated China by proposing a $6.4 billion arms deal for the island which Beijing claims as its own.

The Taiwan deal with Read More »

U.S. trade gap widens in Dec to $40.2 billion

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

The U.S. trade deficit widened unexpectedly in December to $40.2 billion, fueled by the highest oil prices since October 2008, the Commerce Department said.

Wall Street analysts surveyed before the report had expected the trade deficit to nar Read More »

Developing countries try to solve WTO safeguard issue

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

A group of developing countries is trying to resolve one of the trickiest issues in negotiations on a new global trade deal with a series of proposals to clarify a planned safeguard for poor farmers. Read More »

China to levy anti-dumping duties on US chicken

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

China will levy heavy anti-dumping duties on U.S. chicken products, its Commerce Ministry said on Friday, a move likely to aggravate trade relations and antagonise one of the few U.S. industries that profitably exports to China.

The ministry' Read More »

Vietnam vows

AJOT | February 11, 2010 | International Trade

Vietnam is monitoring China's dispute at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) against European Union duties on shoes and will take "appropriate action", a foreign ministry spokeswoman said without elaborating. Read More »