International Trade

US, China steel dispute goes to WTO court

AJOT | March 24, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization (WTO) referred to its court system a U.S. complaint against China over anti-dumping duties that China has imposed on certain types of electrical steel.

The issue now goes before a panel of the WTO's Dispute Settlement Body Read More »

Shanghai to scan Japanese food, cargo for radiation

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Shanghai authorities have ordered detailed checks of imports from Japan for radioactivity, including on food, people and cargo, Chinese state media reported.

The Shanghai Entry-Exit Inspection and Quarantine Bureau placed the announcement on its websi Read More »

EU plans five-year duties on Chinese glossy paper

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

The European Commission has proposed a five-year import tariff worth up to 39.1 percent on imports of coated fine paper from China, according to a document obtained by Reuters.

The tariff, which needs the approval of European Union member states and m Read More »

Steel exports jump in January over December

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Steel exports increased 14.2 percent in January compared to December according to government data. 'Exports jumped in January, as shipments increased strongly to both NAFTA and our other trading partners in the Western Hemisphere. These data show strong Read More »

Japan’s feed grain imports to slow, limited rice need

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

Japan's feed grain imports could slow to a trickle in coming months as quake-hit feed mills make importers wary of signing new deals, and limited damage to the domestic rice crop will likely cap imports of the foodgrain.

Japan will instead resort to m Read More »

US sees

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

The Obama administration sees "a window of opportunity" to work with the Colombian government to address concerns about anti-union violence that have blocked approval of a bilateral free trade deal for more than four years, U.S. officials said.

"We be Read More »

Obama to refocus on Latin America amid Chinese push

AJOT | March 16, 2011 | International Trade

President Barack Obama travels to Latin America this week seeking to reassert economic leadership in a region Washington once dominated but where it now faces growing competition from China.

On his first trip south of the border in nearly two years, O Read More »

US senators urge pressure on China over rare earths

AJOT | March 14, 2011 | International Trade

Two U.S. senators urged President Barack Obama's administration "to step up its fight against China's hoarding of critical rare earth elements" by blocking funding for Chinese mining projects.

Democratic senators Charles Schumer and Debbie Stabenow sa Read More »

WTO top court backs China in US duties dispute

AJOT | March 14, 2011 | International Trade

The World Trade Organization's top court upheld some Chinese objections to a ruling that had backed the right of the United States to impose extra duties on Chinese goods that Washington said were unfairly priced and subsidized.

In particular, the app Read More »

Asia to test Japan food imports for radiation

AJOT | March 14, 2011 | International Trade

South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore and the Philippines will test Japanese food imports for radiation, officials said, and other countries may also step up monitoring as Japan tries to contain a nuclear crisis.

"As far as radiation is concerned, I think Read More »

Trade rules to curb foreign subsidies

AJOT | March 13, 2011 | International Trade

The European Union should rely on international trade rules, rather than protectionist tools, to ensure that foreign bids for EU companies are not backed by state aid, the EU's antitrust chief said.

EU Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia's commen Read More »

Obama to name Locke as new US ambassador to China

AJOT | March 13, 2011 | International Trade

U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, who this year criticised China for not opening its markets, as next U.S. ambassador to Beijing, two administration officials said.

Locke would be the first Chinese American to se Read More »

FTR Shippers Condition Index remains in low territory

AJOT | March 13, 2011 | International Trade

As reported in the March Issue of FTR's Shippers Update, the firm's Shippers Condition Index (SCI) remained in low territory in February with a value of -5.2. FTR expects the index to fall further as the outlook for capacity shortages worsen in the seaso Read More »

China rare earth accounting change masks export slump

AJOT | March 13, 2011 | International Trade

China's customs authority has changed the way it presents rare earths exports, a Reuters analysis of the figures showed, giving the impression that January's exports were six times bigger than they would have been under the old methodology. Read More »

Zepol reports February containerized imports fall 9.94%

AJOT | March 13, 2011 | International Trade

Zepol Corporation, the leading trade intelligence company,reports that import shipment volume for February, measured in TEUs, decreased 9.94% from January and increased 9.03% over February 2010. The total number of shipments also decreased 11.09% from Jan Read More »

US Food and Drug Administration publishes import refusal data

AJOT | March 03, 2011 | International Trade

The United States Food and Drug Administration ('FDA') recently published a list of every foreign manufacturer that has had a shipment refused entry to the U.S. since October 2001. In the past, FDA listed Import Refusals monthly on its website. The 'Impor Read More »

De Gucht vows will tackle trade barriers abroad

AJOT | March 03, 2011 | International Trade

Europe's top trade negotiator said he will pry open foreign markets to European firms and investors and enforce trade rules, a move critical for the European Union's exit from economic crisis.

Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht will expose and challeng Read More »

Grain importers build silos as food prices soar

AJOT | March 03, 2011 | International Trade

Major grain importing countries are set to build more storage silos and expand strategic stocks after seeing the role played by record food prices in political upheaval in the Middle East and North Africa.

Egypt, South Korea and Saudi Arabia are among Read More »

Brazil may take EU to WTO in poultry row

AJOT | March 03, 2011 | International Trade

Brazil is gathering data from its business sector to determine if it should sue the European Union at the World Trade Organization over limits on poultry imports, a Brazilian diplomat said.

At issue are rules in force since May that have shut EU marke Read More »

Greek exports surge but don’t pop the champagne

AJOT | March 03, 2011 | International Trade

A surge in exports has given Greece a glimmer of hope in the grim aftermath of its debt crisis, but underlying figures show a lack of competitiveness that is at the root of its problems is not going away.

Exports surged 35 percent in the last quarter Read More »