International Trade

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 »

China tells US it’s poor and poses no threat

AJOT | August 05, 2007 | International Trade

China deflected US pressure for a faster rise in the yuan and bolder economic reforms by telling visiting Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson that it is still poor and poses no threat to anyone. Read More »

N. Korea vows

AJOT | August 05, 2007 | International Trade

North Korea called on the United States to scrap a strict trade ban and drop it from a list of countries Washington says sponsor terrorism, promising steps in return that would improve ties between the adversaries. Jong Song-il, a spokesman for North Kore Read More »

EU says Airbus dispute exaggerated

AJOT | July 29, 2007 | International Trade

The United States has "vastly exaggerated" the amount of aid European governments have given to aircraft maker Airbus , European Union trade officials said in a brief given to reporters. Read More »

Developing nations’ fears over China hobbling WTO

AJOT | July 29, 2007 | International Trade

Developing countries' largely unspoken fears about being exposed to Chinese competition are undermining the World Trade Organization's (WTO) drive for a new global trade pact, trade experts say. Read More »

China blocks US bid for WTO tax subsidy probe

AJOT | July 29, 2007 | International Trade

China blocked a US request for a World Trade Organization investigation into tax exemptions and refunds that Washington says give Chinese businesses an unfair advantage. Read More »

Brazil, US still pushing WTO deal

AJOT | July 29, 2007 | International Trade

The presidents of Brazil and the United States are determined to push stalled global trade talks and Washington hopes to see some progress in coming weeks, the US ambassador to Brazil said. Read More »

EU to hit some digital cameras with import duty

AJOT | July 22, 2007 | International Trade

Some top-end digital cameras entering the European Union could become more expensive after trade experts decided their advanced video functions meant they should be classed as video recorders, which attract import duties. Read More »

Canada steps into void left by US-Colombia rift

AJOT | July 22, 2007 | International Trade

Canada started trade talks with Colombia and pledged full support for President Alvaro Uribe, who has seen his key bilateral relationship with the United States bog down in a scandal over human rights. Read More »

US cautious on WTO, but hopes for progress

AJOT | July 22, 2007 | International Trade

The United States reacted cautiously to compromise proposals in world trade talks that would push it to reduce its farm subsidies, but said it hoped the texts could eventually set the stage for a deal. Read More »

China parliament cautions on overheating

AJOT | July 22, 2007 | International Trade

China's economy is showing increasing signs of overheating, underscoring the need for policymakers to be vigilant in the months ahead, a sub-committee of the rubber-stamp parliament said. Read More »

China hardwoods may also be subject to anti-subsidy measures

AJOT | July 15, 2007 | International Trade

Politics and business have once again combined in an effort to limit Chinese forest products imports, this time in the area of hardwood plywood products. Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, requested a review earlier this yea Read More »

China defends food exports, to shut small firms

AJOT | July 15, 2007 | International Trade

China said it would shut small or unregulated food processors amid a spate of health scares over Chinese-made food and drugs, but defended the quality of its exports. Read More »

Serbia plans to join WTO by end of 2008

AJOT | July 15, 2007 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization has told Serbia it can join by the end of next year and Belgrade plans a series of reforms to meet membership requirements, Economy Minister Mladjan Dinkic said. Read More »

EU’s Barroso warns French on trade

AJOT | July 15, 2007 | International Trade

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, in a veiled warning to France, said the European Union could not seek an exception to rules-based world governance when it comes to trade. Read More »

China says trade surplus growth set to ease

AJOT | July 15, 2007 | International Trade

Expansion in China's politically sensitive trade surplus will slow in the second half, as recently adopted measures aimed at trimming exports start to take hold, the Commerce Ministry said. Read More »

Bridges will build on Port of Virginia’s successes

AJOT | July 01, 2007 | International Trade

Jerry A. Bridges has a quarter-century of diverse transportation industry experience, a customer-focused businessman's approach and the demeanor of an affable pastor ' all of which should serve him well as he looks to build upon his predecessor's four dec Read More »

USTR, Congress settle on changes to trade deals

AJOT | July 01, 2007 | International Trade

The Bush administration and US lawmakers have agreed on a blueprint to strengthen labor and environmental protections in four pending free trade deals, and trade officials now want to see a vote next month on a pact with Peru, they said. Read More »