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2014 Media Kit

International Trade

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US Treasury’s Geithner: China needs faster yuan rise

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said that China needs to raise the value of the yuan more quickly and faster progress could pave the way for greater access to U.S. high-tech goods.

Offering a carrot-and-stick approach ahead of a state visit b Read More »

China, Korea moves underscore rising food prices

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

China dumped plans to import several million tons of expensive corn and South Korea unveiled cuts in import tariffs on some products, underscoring the dilemma over how to tackle rising food prices.

In India, where vegetable prices have risen more than Read More »

US Democrat to revisit Colombia trade pact on trip

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

A senior U.S. Democratic lawmaker opposed to a free trade agreement with Colombia headed to that country to see what progress has been made on labor concerns related to the pact.

Representative Sander Levin's "purpose is essentially a fact-finding mis Read More »

EU’s China, Vietnam shoe duties to expire April 1

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

EU tariffs on footwear from China and Vietnam will expire at the end of March following a decision by European shoemakers to abandon the duties as a way of tackling Asian competition, an EU spokesman said.

"Given that the European shoemakers' associat Read More »

WTO members start work on wines and spirits register

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

Members of the World Trade Organization have started work on a draft proposal for a register to protect geographical names of wines and spirits as part of a push to secure a global trade deal this year.

Zambia's ambassador to the World Trade Organizat Read More »

US wants Korea trade deal approved by July

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama's administration wants to win congressional approval of a free trade agreement with South Korea before July, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said.

"Everything we're doing" is aimed at winning approval of the deal before a sep Read More »

Argentine farmers call strike over export policies

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

Argentine farmers will halt grains sales to protest government curbs on wheat and corn exports, reviving a conflict that helped lift global prices to record highs in 2008.

Growers in the South American country, a leading source of grains and beef, hav Read More »

Zepol reports December containerized imports shrink 9.49%

AJOT | January 13, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, reports that import shipment volume for December, measured in TEUs, decreased 9.49% from November and increased 4.03% over December 2009. The total number of shipments fell 8.48% from November and Read More »

East EU trade balances improve, Czech jobless jumps

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

November trade data from Hungary, Romania and Slovakia beat market forecasts, but a jump in Czech unemployment and prices signalled the potential headwinds to growth for governments implementing austerity measures.

The data confirmed the trend of a do Read More »

AIIS welcomes commerce proposal on zeroing

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

The American Institute for International Steel welcomed the Department of Commerce's statement that proposes to eliminate its practice of zeroing in anti-dumping administrative reviews in a December 28th notice in the Federal Register. In 2007, in respons Read More »

Britain, China sign $4 billion of deals

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

Britain and China signed business deals worth around 2.6 billion pounds ($4 billion, as well as an agreement that will see a breeding pair of giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yuangguang, go to Edinburgh Zoo.

The deals foresee increased sales of Jaguar Land Read More »

China’s 2010 trade surplus dips, but little comfort

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

China's global trade surplus narrowed in 2010 for the second straight year, giving Beijing grounds to rebuff U.S. pressure for faster currency appreciation ahead of a visit to Washington next week by President Hu Jintao.

The Chinese government can poi Read More »

EU shoemakers drop call to extend Asia shoe tariffs

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

European shoemakers will drop their call for an extension of contentious import tariffs on shoes from China and Vietnam, instead seeking strict monitoring of imports, Europe's largest footwear group said.

EU officials have agreed to conduct weekly mon Read More »

EU to cut punitive China fibreglass tariff

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

The European Commission plans a significant cut in the punitive tariffs it imposed last year on Chinese-made fibreglass used in the clean technology sector, EU diplomats and people close to the issue told Reuters.

The Commission, the European Union's Read More »

China urges easing of EU high-tech export controls

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

China urged Britain to lobby for an easing of European Union controls on high-tech exports to China.

"We hope our British colleagues can help urge the European Union to relax its restrictions on high-tech exports to China," international trade represe Read More »

Embraer to sell 10 commercial jets to China’s CDB

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

Brazilian aircraft maker Embraer agreed to sell 10 of its best-selling commercial aircraft to the leasing unit of China Development Bank, in a deal that could be valued at about $400 million at current market prices.

Deliveries are expected to begin i Read More »

Norway eyes trade deal with China in 2011

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

Norway hopes to iron out a free-trade agreement with China during 2011, its trade and industry minister said after a $2 billion sale of a Norwegian silicon producer to a Chinese company. "We have the ambition to land the trade deal during 2011," Trond Gis Read More »

Zepol releases 2010 US export review

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company, announced the release of a report today analyzing recent export trends for 29 major U.S. industries. This report provides detailed information on 3-digit NAICS (North American Industry Classificat Read More »

US senators doubt WTO would uphold US ethanol tariff

AJOT | January 11, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. senators John McCain and John Barrasso said the extension of U.S. ethanol subsidies and a tariff on imports is likely illegal under international trade rules, lending some support to Brazil's opposition to U.S. ethanol policy.

"I believe the WTO Read More »

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