International Trade

World trade to rebound as Doha talks drag on

AJOT | March 29, 2010 | International Trade

World trade will grow by nearly 10 percent this year, rebounding strongly from the economic crisis and shrugging off halting progress in the eight-year-old Doha round, World Trade Organization figures showed.

The WTO said the volume of mercha Read More »

Major sugar exporters formally complain on EU exports

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

A European Union decision to let its sugar beet producers dump excess output on the world market could fuel bigger European exports of the sweetener, the world's top three sugar exporters warned. The Global Sugar Alliance told the European Commission in a Read More »

Obama says he’s “going to bat” for exporters

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

President Barack Obama unveiled a series of U.S. government actions, including export regulatory reform, designed to make exporting easier and to boost the position of U.S. exporters in overseas markets in remarks before the Export Import Bank annual conf Read More »

Google chief sees outcome “soon” in China row

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

Google expects an outcome soon from its talks with China over a censorship and hacking dispute, Chief Executive Eric Schmidt said.

Google threatened in January to shut its Chinese portal and to pull back from China, citing problems Read More »

US Republican Bunning stirs anger with WTO block

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

A Republican senator who held up action earlier this month on a bill to renew jobless benefits faced more criticism for blocking approval of President Barack Obama's nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the World Trade Organization. Read More »

US Senate bill threatens stiff penalties on China

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

Members of the U.S. Congress have threatened Beijing with duties on some of its exports if it fails to revalue its currency, pressuring the Obama administration to label China a currency manipulator.

The bipartisan bill to be introduced in th Read More »

Brazil trade seen surging on Latam trade deal

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

Brazil expects a new free trade agreement with Israel to swell bilateral trade to more than $3 billion within five years, officials said.

Trade between Israel and Brazil slipped below $1 billion in 2009 from a peak of $1.6 billion in 2008 -- Read More »

Is there a WTO case against Chinese Internet censorship?

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

The United States is studying whether it could launch a WTO challenge against Chinese Internet restrictions that affect Google and other U.S. companies operating in China.

Here are some questions and answers on the possible complaint to the W Read More »

Brazil lists retaliation on US copyright, patents

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

Brazil revealed a preliminary list of U.S. patents and intellectual property rights it could restrict unless both countries settle a long-standing dispute over U.S. cotton aid.

It is the second set of measures Brazil has unveiled in a week to Read More »

U.S. lawmakers press for action on China currency

AJOT | March 17, 2010 | International Trade

President Barack Obama faced growing congressional pressure to get tough with China over its currency practices, one day after Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao brushed off accusations that Beijing was undervaluing its currency for an unfair trade advantage. Read More »

U.S. lawmakers launch push to repeal NAFTA

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

A small group of U.S. lawmakers unveiled legislation to withdraw from the North American Free Trade Agreement in the latest sign of congressional disillusionment with free-trade deals. Read More »

US Senator urges Haiti trade bill, benefit reform

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus threw his weight behind calls for an expansion of U.S. trade benefits to help Haiti rebuild its clothing sector after its devastating earthquake.

"We must lend a hand. We must assist Haiti's earthq Read More »

U.S. cannot take Google row to WTO

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

The United States would not have any standing to bring a case against Chinese internet restrictions to the World Trade Organization, a Chinese adviser on WTO strategy said in an opinion piece.

U.S. trade officials had asked for more informati Read More »

Brazil details US cotton retaliation, wants accord

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

Brazil detailed its planned retaliation against the United States over U.S. cotton subsidies but said Washington still had a chance to settle the trade dispute through negotiations.

The Brazilian government published a list of U.S. goods subj Read More »

Obama presses China on currency in trade speech

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

U.S. President Barack Obama pressed China to move to a "more market-oriented exchange rate" in a speech where he laid out a plan to boost U.S. exports in the coming years. Read More »

US jury awards Whirlpool $1.78 mlllion in LG suit

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

Whirlpool said it was awarded $1.78 million in monetary damages after a U.S. jury found certain refrigerators made by its Korean rival LG Electronics had infringed a Whirlpool patent. Read More »

Obama outlines strategy to boost exports

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

President Barack Obama, anxious to spur growth and cut high unemployment, laid out a plan to double U.S. exports through tougher enforcement of trade laws, increased government advocacy and more credit assistance for small and medium-sized companies. Read More »

US trade prospects with the CIS hinge on agreements

AJOT | March 14, 2010 | International Trade

There is great potential for a 'new' boom in US trade with the CIS. In the five years leading up to 2008, trade with the CIS surged. In 2009, with the global recession, US-CIS trade stalled. Reviving the impetus of five years ago may take a little time Read More »

Ireland seeks to lure foreign shipping companies

AJOT | March 03, 2010 | International Trade

Ireland hopes to attract shipping companies and trade houses to base their European operations in the country, aiming to diversify its recession-hit economy, a senior Irish government agency official said on Friday. Ireland has been more successful than o Read More »

EU reaches trade deal with Colombia, Peru

AJOT | March 03, 2010 | International Trade

The European Union reached a free trade deal with Colombia and Peru that will fully liberalise commerce in some sectors between the 27-country bloc and the two Latin American nations, the EU executive said.

The agreement will provide new mark Read More »