International Trade

Thai banks cautious on loan growth as economy slows

AJOT | July 17, 2013 | International Trade

Thailand's big banks are feeling the impact of the country's economic slowdown and are tightening loan procedures amid a rise in bad debts, falling exports and lower-than-expected consumption. Read More »

US blames China for breakdown of trade talks

AJOT | July 17, 2013 | International Trade

The United States blamed China for a breakdown in trade talks aimed at eliminating tariffs on a new generation of technology products and everyday consumer electronics like speakers and flat-panel displays. Read More »

US trade chief avoids committing to address currency in trade pacts

AJOT | July 17, 2013 | International Trade

The top U.S. trade official said he shared congressional concerns about foreign currency practices that put U.S. companies at a disadvantage, but stopped short of committing to address the issue in pending trade pacts. Read More »

US will join EU’s case against Russia’s auto recycling fee

AJOT | July 17, 2013 | International Trade

The United States plans to join the European Union in a World Trade Organization case that challenges a Russian auto recycling fee program as an illegal trade barrier against imported cars, the top U.S. trade official said. Read More »

Blackstone to buy Agile Electric Works for $100 million

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

U.S. private equity giant Blackstone Group LP has agreed to buy a majority stake in Indian auto parts maker Agile Electric Works, which controls Igarashi Motors, for about $100 million, two sources with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. Read More »

Brazil trade body sets anti-dumping penalties on GNO steel imports

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

Brazil's Foreign Trade Chamber, a trade and industry body, implemented a series of anti-dumping penalties on imports of so-called GNO electrical steels from China, Taiwan and South Korea. Read More »

China exports slide raises doubts about currency policy

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

China's bet that it could reap the benefits of a more powerful yuan without paying a price in competitiveness is looking increasingly risky. Read More »

China launches crackdown on pharmaceutical sector

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

China announced a nationwide crackdown on the sale of illegal medicine and said it would tighten industry regulation, piling pressure on a sector already reeling from a bribery scandal at British drug maker GlaxoSmithKline. Read More »

France needs to restructure to regain food export power

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

France should restructure its export system involving too many, mostly state-funded, organizations if it wants to reverse a trend that saw it fall to fifth place among world agrifood exporters, a Senate panel said. Read More »

South Korea export boom to ASEAN may be less than meets the eye

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

South Korean exports to southeast Asian bloc of ASEAN jumped recently, but instead of showing the birth of a new market, it just adds to the evidence of Korean manufacturers hollowing out of home and now from China. Read More »

US groups say China jeopardizing new technology trade pact

AJOT | July 16, 2013 | International Trade

A U.S. industry group accused China of jeopardizing international negotiations to eliminate tariffs on close to 260 technology products by asking to exclude more than 100 of the products from the proposed deal to protect domestic manufacturers. Read More »

Chinese economic reforms front-and-centre in talks with US

AJOT | July 15, 2013 | International Trade

The United States won China's acknowledgement of U.S. concerns about cyber theft of intellectual property and commitments to limit subsidies to Chinese state-owned firms during high-level talks this week, the U.S. Treasury said. Read More »

Mexico vows WTO challenge, mulls sanctions in US tuna spat

AJOT | July 15, 2013 | International Trade

Mexico's Agriculture Ministry said it will fight the United States new "dolphin-safe" tuna labeling rules at the World Trade Organization, arguing they are unfair to Mexican fishermen. Read More »

Business inventories up in May according to Commerce Dept.

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Business inventories rose marginally in May as sales rebounded, adding to a raft of data that have pointed to a sharp slowdown in economic growth in the second quarter. Read More »

Border Trade Alliance Names Noe Garcia New President


AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Prominent trade group taps longtime government relations professional, White House and Capitol Hill aide as new chief. Read More »

China’s GDP growth slows to 7.5% in 2nd Qtr

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

China's GDP growth slowed in the second quarter to 7.5 percent year-on-year as weak overseas demand weighed on output and investment, lining up a test of Beijing's resolve to revamp the world's second-biggest economy in the face of deteriorating data. Read More »

Loblaw Companies Limited to acquire Shoppers Drug Mart Corporation for $12.4b in cash and stock

AJOT | July 14, 2013 | International Trade

Combines best-in-class pharmacy and food businesses to create a unique retailer with unmatched capabilities in health & wellness and nutrition Read More »

China US investment treaty negotiations resume, Cyber issues still loom as hurtle to agreement

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

On July 11th, the US and China agreed to resume stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping previous efforts to protect certain sectors of its economy from the start. Read More »

China’s Export Slump Could Undercut Yuan

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

An unexpected slump in exports in June marked the latest worrying sign of a slowdown in the world's second-biggest economy and raised the prospect that regulators may be forced to drag the yuan back down after a massive rally this year. Read More »

EU – Vietnam 4th free trade agreement negotiation round

AJOT | July 11, 2013 | International Trade

The EU and Vietnam completed the fourth round of negotiations for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) during the week of 2-5 July. The talks, which took place in Brussels, addressed all key subjects for a modern and comprehensive FTA. Read More »