International Trade

Premium Article  Despite downturn for wood products; Cikel stays focused on quality, logistics and compliance issues

Karen Thuermer | July 12, 2009 | International Trade

Whether it is Brazilian Cherry, Brazilian Pecan, or another exotic wood, nothing brings a home alive than quality wood flooring. But today, the wood flooring industry – and that comprising a host of other lumber products, is feeling the strain of the glob Read More »

Premium Article  Logs roll through the Port of Olympia

Leo Quigley | July 12, 2009 | Breakbulk & Projects | International Trade | Ports & Terminals

The log business at the Port of Olympia, WA, is on a roll now that Weyerhaeuser has completed the transfer of its log exporting business from Tacoma and Grays Harbor, WA, to the state capital.

- By Leo Quigley, AJOT Read More »

Premium Article  AAFA calls for renewal of Burma import ban

AJOT | July 12, 2009 | International Trade

Citing further human rights abuses in Burma, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) sent letters to Congress calling on them to swiftly renew the Burmese Freedom and Democracy Act of 2003, an expiring import ban on goods from that country. Read More »

Premium Article  The Mosaic Company assembles supply chain to help feed people worldwide

Paul Scott Abbott | June 28, 2009 | Intermodal | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals | Transport Intermediaries

Just as an artistic mosaic is an arrangement of small pieces of stone into a work of art, the multifaceted supply chain of The Mosaic Company is an assemblage of routings of cargos – including small pieces of stone – that constantly sees vessels traversin Read More »

EU trade chief rejects Russia accusation on WTO bid

AJOT | June 28, 2009 | International Trade

The European Union's trade chief rejects Russian accusations that Brussels is to blame for Moscow's failed unilateral bid to join the World Trade Organization, her spokesman said. Read More »

Mexico posts May trade surplus despite exports plunge

AJOT | June 28, 2009 | International Trade

Mexico posted a surprise trade surplus in May as exports declined at a slower rate despite a flu outbreak that forced some factories to idle, encouraging the view that the recession's darker days are past. Read More »

China defends export policies against WTO complaint

AJOT | June 28, 2009 | International Trade

China rejected US and European charges that its restrictions on raw materials exports violate international trade rules, saying that its policies were in keeping with WTO regulations. Read More »

Zepol announces top five insights in the US Census Bureau’s merchandise trade data

AJOT | June 15, 2009 | International Trade

The United States Census Bureau released its monthly merchandise trade data report, which tracks the movement of goods between foreign countries and the United States, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and US Foreign Trade Zones. The report found that t Read More »

Premium Article  Canada-US launch ‘Shiprider’ security regime

Leo Ryan | June 14, 2009 | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

Without great public fanfare, the United States and Canada have formally launched a first-of-its-kind accord in North America to enhance security on shared waterways and coastal areas.

- By Leo Ryan, AJOT Read More »

Premium Article  China and US economies: ties that bind

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

The complex economic relationship between the US and China is likely the key to how the world emerges from recession.

By George Lauriat, AJOT Read More »

Premium Article  Iain Crawford’s HnH experience

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | People | Interviews | International Trade | Liner Shipping | Ports & Terminals

English farmer Iain Crawford knows more than most about how the HnH (High and Heavy) supply chain works. He has witnessed the process up close and personal from factory to farm and offers some insight on what works and more importantly, what can be improv Read More »

Premium Article  US-Taiwan trade in 2009: Is a free trade agreement on the horizon?

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Trade relations between Taiwan and the United States have a unique status. After the US recognized the Peoples Republic of China (PRC), relations with Taiwan have been built around the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act (TRA). Under the TRA, the US has official re Read More »

Premium Article  Japan 2009: Has the Japanese economy bottomed out?

George Lauriat | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Although somewhat overshadowed because of the growth of China’s trade, Japan is the United States’ fourth largest trading partner and an important factor in the US economy.

- By George Lauriat, Editor-in-Chief, AJOT Read More »

Cairns Group says Doha trade talks

AJOT | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

Prospects for wrapping up troubled world trade talks have improved, after signs of a new commitment from key players such as the United States, a group of major agricultural exporting nations said. Read More »

Bank of France less gloomy, trade deficit narrows

AJOT | June 14, 2009 | International Trade

The Bank of France forecast a marginally less gloomy outlook for the French economy in the second quarter and trade figures for April showed a slight narrowing in the deficit. Read More »

US Chamber president embarks on 
economic mission to Brazil and Colombia

AJOT | June 02, 2009 | International Trade

Thomas J. Donohue, president and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce today began an economic mission through Brazil and Colombia, meeting with business and government leaders to discuss opportunities to expand commercial links, successfully conclude key tra Read More »

Steel imports continue to slide

AJOT | June 02, 2009 | International Trade

Imports in April declined another 21% based on preliminary data released by the Department of Commerce's Census Bureau. 'A large decline in imports of OCTG lead the decline in import arrivals. OCTG imports in April were ordered long before the filing of Read More »

Premium Article  Changing times require a hard look at trade insurance

Karen Thuermer | May 31, 2009 | International Trade

Compared to the continuously changing and fluctuating world of international trade, insurance looks staid. Yet for companies shipping products globally, some types of trade insurance are must have items.

- By Karen E. Thuermer, AJOT Read More »

RILA applauds Senate Finance Committee for pressing forward on Panama Trade Agreement

AJOT | May 28, 2009 | International Trade

Today the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) applauded the Senate Finance Committee for holding a hearing on the United States-Panama Trade Promotion Agreement. The hearing is an important step forward to consider an agreement that will create new Read More »

Premium Article  Domestic container gains extend through Q1 2009

AJOT | May 17, 2009 | Intermodal | International Trade | Ports & Terminals | Transport Intermediaries

Domestic container volumes provided a glimmer of hope during a quarter weighed-down by plunging international numbers. Given the challenging economic climate, even the small 0.1% growth of domestic containers during Q1 2009 is considered impressive. Altho Read More »