International Trade

Premium Article  China and US economies: ties that bind

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

The complex economic relationship between the US and China is likely the key to how the world emerges from recession.

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Premium Article  Iain Crawford’s HnH experience

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | People | Interviews | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

English farmer Iain Crawford knows more than most about how the HnH (High and Heavy) supply chain works. He has witnessed the process up close and personal from factory to farm and offers some insight on what works and more importantly, what can be improv Read More »

Premium Article  US-Taiwan trade in 2009: Is a free trade agreement on the horizon?

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Trade relations between Taiwan and the United States have a unique status. After the US recognized the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), relations with Taiwan have been built around the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). Under the TRA, the US has official re Read More »

Premium Article  Japan 2009: Has the Japanese economy bottomed out?

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Although somewhat overshadowed because of the growth of China’s trade, Japan is the United States’ fourth largest trading partner and an important factor in the US economy.

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Cairns Group says Doha trade talks

AJOT | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Prospects for wrapping up troubled world trade talks have improved, after signs of a new commitment from key players such as the United States, a group of major agricultural exporting nations said. Read More »

Bank of France less gloomy, trade deficit narrows

AJOT | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

The Bank of France forecast a marginally less gloomy outlook for the French economy in the second quarter and trade figures for April showed a slight narrowing in the deficit. Read More »

US Chamber president embarks on 
economic mission to Brazil and Colombia

AJOT | June 02, 2009 | International Trade

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce today began an economic mission through Brazil and Colombia, meeting with business and government leaders to discuss opportunities to expand commercial links, successfully conclude key tra Read More »

Steel imports continue to slide

AJOT | June 02, 2009 | International Trade

Imports in April declined another 21% based on preliminary data released by the Department of Commerce's Census Bureau. 'A large decline in imports of OCTG lead the decline in import arrivals. OCTG imports in April were ordered long before the filing of Read More »

Premium Article  Changing times require a hard look at trade insurance

Karen Thuermer | May 31, 2009 | International Trade

Compared to the continuously changing and fluctuating world of international trade, insurance looks staid. Yet for companies shipping products globally, some types of trade insurance are must have items.

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RILA applauds Senate Finance Committee for pressing forward on Panama Trade Agreement

AJOT | May 28, 2009 | International Trade

Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded the Senate Finance Committee for holding a hearing on the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. The hearing is an important step forward to consider an agreement that will create new Read More »

Premium Article  Domestic container gains extend through Q1 2009

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | Intermodal | International Trade | Ports & Terminals | Transport Intermediaries

Domestic container volumes provided a glimmer of hope during a quarter weighed-down by plunging international numbers. Given the challenging economic climate, even the small 0.1% growth of domestic containers during Q1 2009 is considered impressive. Altho Read More »

Premium Article  Increased coffee consumption forces importers/roasters to consider options

Karen Thuermer | May 17, 2009 | International Trade

With some 400 billion cups of coffee consumed per year, coffee is without a doubt the world’s most popular beverage. In fact, the International Coffee Organization (ICO) estimates world coffee consumption for 2008 to be 125 million bags. Read More »

German minister urges progress on EU-Gulf trade deal

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | International Trade

German Economy Minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg called on European and Gulf states to show a willingness to compromise and clinch a free trade agreement. Read More »

Low energy imports hike Canada March trade surplus

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | International Trade

Substantially lower energy imports helped boost Canada's trade surplus in March to C$1.11 billion ($953 million), more than double analysts' expectations, from C$262 million in February. Read More »

UK output falls sharply but recovery seen

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | International Trade

British industrial output fell less than expected in March though still posting its biggest annual decline on record, while the country's trade deficit narrowed to its smallest in almost two years, data showed. Read More »

US trade gap widens first time in eight months

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | International Trade

The US trade gap widened in March for the first time in eight months as exports fell 2.4% and imports dropped for the eighth consecutive month, a US government report showed. Read More »

Premium Article  Canada’s Atlantic trade mirroring economic downturn

Leo Ryan | May 03, 2009 | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

The global recession has caught up with shipping lines, ports and terminal operators active on Canada’s east coast. While the Port of Halifax recently received some good news with the addition of two new container customers, the overall downward trend on Read More »

Premium Article  Corps allocates two percent of stimulus funds to Great Lakes

AJOT | May 03, 2009 | Intermodal | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals | Transport Intermediaries

The Great Lakes came up way short when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decided how to divvy up the $4.6 billion Congress gave it for job creation and infrastructure improvements under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Corps allocated only 2 Read More »

Premium Article  Swimming the Great Pond - Trans-Atlantic Trade 2009

George Lauriat | May 03, 2009 | International Trade

Trade between the US and Europe accounts for nearly 40% of the world’s trade. Approximately, 25% of the US-European trade total is with firms that have a stake on each other’s side of the pond. Despite the obvious success there are vexing trade issues: be Read More »

Steel exports decline first two months of 2009

AJOT | April 29, 2009 | International Trade

Following a record year in 2008, American steel exports have turned down sharply in the first two months of 2009 compared to 2008. Exports to nearly every region of the globe, except for non-NAFTA Western Hemisphere countries and Africa fell, some signif Read More »