International Trade

Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance Statement on Moving Forward on Conference Committee for 2013 Farm

AJOT | September 20, 2013 | International Trade

The Specialty Crop Farm Bill Alliance (SCFBA) strongly urges the House of Representatives to move forward with the Farm Bill. Read More »

Cargill to build $200 million oil crushing plant in Russia

Reuters | September 19, 2013 | International Trade

Agribusiness Cargill Inc CARG.UL said it plans to open a $200 million sunflower oil crushing plant in southern Russia in time for the 2015 harvest. Read More »

Amber Road acquires Shanghai-based EasyCargo

AJOT | September 19, 2013 | International Trade

Amber Road, a leading provider of global trade management (GTM) solutions, announced today it acquired EasyCargo, a Shanghai-based GTM solutions provider specializing in complex Chinese trade regulations. Read More »

Swiss exports slip in August as trade with EU ebbs

Reuters | September 19, 2013 | International Trade

Swiss exports fell in August on declining trade with the European Union, with the pharmaceutical and machinery branches sagging even as exports of Swiss watches improved, the Federal Customs Office said. Read More »

US farm bill might violate trade rules

Reuters | September 17, 2013 | International Trade

The new U.S. farm bill might violate World Trade Organization rules against trade-distorting subsidies, major U.S. business groups said in an appeal to lawmakers to revamp the bill, which is already facing slim odds of passage. Read More »

Chinese telecom carrier says new iPhone orders exceed 100,000 units

Reuters | September 17, 2013 | International Trade

Chinese telecom carrier China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd said preorders for Apple Inc's newest iPhone models, iPhone 5C and 5S, exceeded 100,000 units since the two smartphones were launched last week. Read More »

EU ready for talks with China on pact paving way for free trade

Reuters | September 17, 2013 | International Trade

European Union countries will agree next month to talks with China on a pact making it easier to do business, possibly paving the way for a free-trade deal between two of the world's biggest markets, EU officials said. Read More »

Singapore August exports fall, but regional trends remain strong

Reuters | September 17, 2013 | International Trade

Singapore's non-oil domestic exports unexpectedly fell in August, pointing to continued difficulties faced by its manufacturers even as the city-state's overall trade figures underscored recent signs of improving global demand for the region's shipments. Read More »

China to slap anti-subsidy duties on US solar material

Reuters | September 16, 2013 | International Trade

China said hat it would impose preliminary anti-subsidy duties on some imports of U.S. solar-grade polysilicon, a move that could intensify trade tensions between the world's two largest economies. Read More »

Ukraine, Honduras revive tobacco dispute with Australia at WTO

Reuters | September 16, 2013 | International Trade

Ukraine and Honduras are reviving a dispute at the World Trade Organization (WTO) challenging Australian laws that impose uniform drab green packaging and large graphic health warnings for cigarettes, diplomats said. Read More »

GPA adds cargo, customers in FY2013

Bob Kirk | September 12, 2013 | International Trade

In his State of the Port address, Georgia Ports Authority Executive Director Curtis Foltz reported record cargo volumes, an influx of new business, and more than 1 million square feet of distribution center space leased or developed. Read More »

New US meat label rule survives challenge by meat packers

Reuters | September 12, 2013 | International Trade

A U.S. district judge refused to stop the government from requiring labels on packages of beef, pork, poultry and lamb sold in U.S. stores to include more specific information about the meat's country of origin. Read More »

Smithfield says proxy firm ISS recommends deal with Shuanghui

Reuters | September 12, 2013 | International Trade

Smithfield Foods Inc said an independent proxy advisory firm recommended that shareholders vote for the pork producer's $4.7 billion sale to China's Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd, citing the high offer price. Read More »

Retailers discuss compensation for Bangladesh factory disasters

Reuters | September 12, 2013 | International Trade

A dozen retailers and clothing brands are meeting in Geneva to discuss providing compensation to the victims of the Rana Plaza and Tazreen factory disasters in Bangladesh, although several companies were noticeable by their absence. Read More »

Shanghai noses ahead in China’s free trade zone race

Reuters | September 12, 2013 | International Trade

Shanghai is pulling away as the clear winner in the race to set up free trade zones in mainland China, casting a cloud over the future of other areas such as Qianhai that were clear favorites before and had the blessings of top government officials. Read More »

VW drives overseas expansion as Europe hurts

Reuters | September 11, 2013 | International Trade

Volkswagen is taking further steps to beef up its overseas operations as the German carmaker increasingly feels the pinch of slumping demand in ailing European markets. Read More »

VistaJet CEO takes aim at US before China push

Reuters | September 11, 2013 | International Trade

Private jet operator VistaJet will take on its Warren Buffet-owned rival in the United States next year before turning attention to the Chinese market, the company's founder and chairman Thomas Flohr said. Read More »

US VW execs ‘forced’ by German boss to sign UAW letter

Reuters | September 11, 2013 | International Trade

U.S. executives at Volkswagen AG's plant in Tennessee were "forced" by a German board member to sign a letter disclosing the United Auto Workers' efforts to organize the factory, a move that created distress within the company, U.S. Senator Bob Corker said. Read More »

In world’s biggest market, “cheap” iPhone looks too pricey

Reuters | September 11, 2013 | International Trade

The world's biggest public company and the world's biggest country are at loggerheads over the price of a phone. Read More »

Russia, unhappy with Moldova’s EU drive, bans its wine and spirits

Reuters | September 11, 2013 | International Trade

Russia announced a ban on imports of Moldovan wines and spirits, saying they contained impurities, a move certain to be seen in the small ex-Soviet republic as retaliation for its drive to expand ties with the European Union. Read More »