World Trade Organization http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/24473/all en Multilateralism in trade is "dead" - French industry minister http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/multilateralism-trade-dead-french-industry-minister <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>PARIS, Jan 8 (Reuters) - Multilateral trade deals are "dead", France's industry minister said on Tuesday, professing a preference for bilateral accords as the 27-nation European Union and the United States prepare to begin talks on removing tariffs.</p> <p>Arnaud Montebourg, an advocate of limited protectionism in trade and industrial policy, said deals involving several nations were impossible to broker today because competing national interests could not be squared.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130108/multilateralism-trade-dead-french-industry-minister" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Doha Development Round Social Issues World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Tue, 08 Jan 2013 19:00:17 +0000 5731768 at http://www.globalpost.com Vietnam asks WTO to rule on shrimp dispute with U.S. http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/vietnam-asks-wto-rule-shrimp-dispute-us <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 9 (Reuters) - Vietnam has asked the World Trade Organization to appoint a panel of arbitrators to rule on a dispute over alleged dumping of Vietnamese shrimp on the U.S. market.</p> <p>The escalation of the case is awkward for Washington as it attempts to strike a regional free trade deal with Vietnam while under domestic pressure from American shrimp producers to clamp down on Vietnamese imports.</p> <p>Dumping, or damaging foreign competitors by exporting goods at unfairly low prices, is illegal under WTO rules.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130109/vietnam-asks-wto-rule-shrimp-dispute-us" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Wed, 09 Jan 2013 15:00:21 +0000 5732148 at http://www.globalpost.com US takes Indonesia to WTO over plant and animal import rules http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/us-takes-indonesia-wto-over-plant-and-animal-import-rules <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The United States has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organisation challenging Indonesia's rules for imports of horticultural products, animal products and animals, the WTO said on Thursday.</p> <p>The complaint says Indonesia's non-automatic import licences and quotas "have significant trade-restrictive effects on imports and are used to implement what appear to be WTO-inconsistent measures", a WTO statement said.</p> International relations International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 17:15:36 +0000 5732734 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-US takes Indonesia to WTO over plant and animal import rules http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-us-takes-indonesia-wto-over-plant-and-animal-import-ru <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>GENEVA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The United States has filed a complaint at the World Trade Organisation challenging Indonesia's rules for imports of horticultural products, animal products and animals, the WTO said on Thursday.</p> <p>The complaint says Indonesia's non-automatic import licences and quotas "have significant trade-restrictive effects on imports and are used to implement what appear to be WTO-inconsistent measures", a WTO statement said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/update-1-us-takes-indonesia-wto-over-plant-and-animal-import-ru" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 18:00:04 +0000 5732763 at http://www.globalpost.com Brazilian touch would revive global trade talks -WTO candidate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/brazilian-touch-would-revive-global-trade-talks-wto-candidate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Candidate Azevedo says able to build bridges at WTO</p> <p>* Brazil aims to increase diplomatic clout with candidacy</p> <p>* Partners criticize Brazil for raising tariffs</p> <p>By Alonso Soto</p> <p>BRASILIA, Jan 10 (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization needs Brazil's diplomatic and consensus-building skills to bring global trade talks back to life, Roberto Azevedo, the South American nation's candidate to head the trade club, said on Thursday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130110/brazilian-touch-would-revive-global-trade-talks-wto-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Thu, 10 Jan 2013 21:45:17 +0000 5732876 at http://www.globalpost.com Is WTO about to abandon dream of global free trade? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/wto-about-abandon-dream-global-free-trade <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Tom Miles</p> <p>GENEVA, Jan 13 (Reuters) - As it seeks a new chief to lead it out of a negotiating death-spiral, the World Trade Organization looks doomed to be fatally undermined by new global carve-ups that will leave many of the world's poorest sidelined.</p> <p>At its creation 18 years ago, as the "third pillar" of the post-World War Two economic system alongside the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, tariffs fell by a third and world markets, from farm produce to finance, were opened up.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130113/wto-about-abandon-dream-global-free-trade" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade World Trade Organization World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Sun, 13 Jan 2013 14:30:09 +0000 5733803 at http://www.globalpost.com USTR expected to notify Congress soon of services trade talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/ustr-expected-notify-congress-soon-services-trade-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>WASHINGTON, Jan 14 (Reuters) - The U.S. Trade Representative's office is expected to notify Congress soon of its plan to enter into talks with the European Union and more than a dozen other countries on a pact to tear down barriers to trade in finance and other service industry sectors, industry officials said on Monday.</p> <p>"We're hearing it could be in the next couple of days," one industry official said, speaking on condition he not be identified. "We're very excited about it."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130114/ustr-expected-notify-congress-soon-services-trade-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Entertainment Environment Health International trade Politics World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Mon, 14 Jan 2013 21:30:15 +0000 5734397 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-US says to negotiate services trade pact with EU, Japan, others http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-2-us-says-negotiate-services-trade-pact-eu-japan-others <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Doug Palmer</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan 15 (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it plans to negotiate an agreement with the European Union, Japan and 18 other economies to remove trade and investment barriers in services ranging from finance to express delivery.</p> <p>Washington, the 27-nation EU and a mix of other developed and developing countries have been exploring the idea of launching talks on an International Services Agreement (ISA) for nearly a year.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130115/update-2-us-says-negotiate-services-trade-pact-eu-japan-others" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Doha Development Round International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Tue, 15 Jan 2013 17:30:26 +0000 5734843 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Latin America may rally behind single WTO candidate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/interview-latin-america-may-rally-behind-single-wto-candidate <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Mexican candidate says region may back single contender</p> <p>* Brazil, Costa Rica nominate hopefuls to replace Lamy</p> <p>* WTO chief faces stalled round of Doha trade negotiations</p> <p>By Alejandro Lifschitz</p> <p>SANTIAGO, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Latin American candidates bidding to head the World Trade Organization could step down from the race and rally behind the regional figure with the best chance of being appointed, Mexico's candidate to lead the trade body said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130127/interview-latin-america-may-rally-behind-single-wto-candidate" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Sun, 27 Jan 2013 18:30:41 +0000 5740206 at http://www.globalpost.com Candidates to head WTO clear hurdle http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/candidates-head-wto-clear-hurdle <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The last of a record nine candidates to lead the World Trade Organization finished defending their candidacies on Thursday, but the real campaign is only just getting started.</p> <p>"This is a procedure that is all but unique in the world -- a selection rather than an election that takes several months to complete," a source close to the process told AFP.</p> <p>The candidates -- six men and three women mainly from developing nations -- are all considered confirmed global trade specialists and are vying to replace Frenchman Pascal Lamy, who finishes his second four-year term in August.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130131/candidates-head-wto-clear-hurdle" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest International relations International trade World Trade Organization World Trade Organization AFP Thu, 31 Jan 2013 19:45:47 +0000 5742151 at http://www.globalpost.com U.S. awaiting EU political signal for trade talks - official http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/us-awaiting-eu-political-signal-trade-talks-official <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU leader in U.S. to discuss task force recommendations</p> <p>* Biden says US wants to avoid long, drawn-out negotiations</p> <p>By Doug Palmer</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The United States needs a strong political signal from European Union leaders to put proposed talks on a transatlantic trade agreement into high gear, a U.S. senior administration official said on Tuesday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130205/us-awaiting-eu-political-signal-trade-talks-official" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Doha Development Round European Union International relations United States World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Tue, 05 Feb 2013 23:30:57 +0000 5747007 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-U.S. challenges India's solar program restrictions at WTO http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-us-challenges-indias-solar-program-restrictions-at-wto <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Restrictions seen as part of broader "local content" trend</p> <p>* U.S. says WTO rules bars discrimination against foreign goods</p> <p>* U.S. says negotiated settlement still possible</p> <p>By Doug Palmer</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb 6 (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday filed a challenge with the World Trade Organization over elements of India's national solar program, which it said discriminates against foreign solar products in violation of a core global trade rule.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/update-1-us-challenges-indias-solar-program-restrictions-at-wto" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy International relations International trade Technology World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 18:00:35 +0000 5747897 at http://www.globalpost.com EU-US trade deal to boost growth, jobs: Barroso http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/eu-us-trade-deal-boost-growth-jobs-barroso-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The EU and the United States are to negotiate the biggest free trade agreement ever, a global "game-changer," boosting growth and providing much-needed jobs, European Commission head Jose Manuel Barroso said Wednesday.</p> <p>An accord between the world's two largest trading entities would be "ground-breaking ... a game-changer," which will add 0.5 percent to the EU economy every year once it is in place, Barroso said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130213/eu-us-trade-deal-boost-growth-jobs-barroso-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> European Union International relations International trade Technology World Trade Organization AFP Wed, 13 Feb 2013 14:50:45 +0000 5754498 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 2-EU, U.S. fire starting gun for free trade talks http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-1-eu-us-fire-starting-gun-free-trade-talks <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* EU, U.S. trade talks seen starting by June</p> <p>* Could be benchmark for others to follow</p> <p>* EU could add 0.5 pct to GDP, U.S. 0.4 pct by 2027</p> <p>* Agriculture seen as big sticking point</p> <p>By Philip Blenkinsop and Ethan Bilby</p> <p>BRUSSELS, Feb 13 (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to push for the launch by the end of June of talks to create the world's biggest free trade alliance, which could be a benchmark for global competitors to follow.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/update-1-eu-us-fire-starting-gun-free-trade-talks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Doha Development Round Entertainment Environment European Union European Union Federalism Health International relations International trade Political philosophy Politics Technology World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Wed, 13 Feb 2013 15:52:13 +0000 5754681 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-U.S. must be more reasonable at Doha table -Mexico WTO candidate http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/interview-us-must-be-more-reasonable-at-doha-table-mexico-wto-c <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Simon Gardner</p> <p>MEXICO CITY, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Global trade talks are in crisis and private companies in the United States urgently need to pressure their government back to the negotiating table, Mexico's candidate to head the World Trade Organization said on Wednesday.</p> <p>Herminio Blanco, a former Mexican trade minister who led negotiations to create the North American Free Trade Agreement, insists it is vital to revive the stalled Doha round of trade talks.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130213/interview-us-must-be-more-reasonable-at-doha-table-mexico-wto-c" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International relations International trade Social Issues World Trade Organization Thomson Reuters Thu, 14 Feb 2013 00:00:04 +0000 5755165 at http://www.globalpost.com