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Canada; European Union: Trade Agreement

(Oct. 22, 2013) On October 18, 2013, after lengthy negotiations between the European Union Commissioner on Trade, Karel De Gutch, and the Canadian Trade Minister, Ed Fast, the EU and Canada reached a political accord on signing a Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA). (Press Release, European Commission, EU and Canada Conclude Negotiations on a […]

Denmark: Government Permits Merger to Stem IKEA

(Oct. 17, 2013) The Danish Competition Agency (Konkurrence- og Forbrugerstyrelsen) on September 25, 2013, approved the purchase of smaller furniture retailers by the Danish-owned company JYSK, in an effort to stem an otherwise growing dominance of the market by competitor IKEA. The fusion will give JYSK the largest market share of the furniture retail business […]

European Union; China; World Trade Organization: EU Deems Anti-Dumping Duties on Steel imports from China Discriminatory

(Sept. 13, 2013) On August 16, 2013, the European Union (EU) requested that the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Geneva decide on a dispute between the EU and China arising from anti-dumping duties imposed by China on imports of high-performance stainless steel seamless tubes (HP-SSST) from the EU. The tubes are used mainly in super […]

Sri Lanka: Food Safety Measures Approved

(Sept. 5, 2013) It was announced on August 29, 2013, that Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved a set of measures designed to make imported food safe for consumers. The immediate concern is the contamination of imported milk powder with dicyandiamide (DCD), a chemical used in agriculture, and of whey protein concentrate with the bacteria clostridium […]

New Zealand; Taiwan: Free Trade Agreement Signed

(July 18, 2013) On July 10, 2013, the Republic of China (on Taiwan, ROC) and New Zealand concluded the Agreement between New Zealand and the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu on Economic Cooperation (ANZTEC). It is Taiwan’s first free trade pact with a developed economy and, according to the ROC Ministry […]

European Union; Russia: EU Challenges Russia Before WTO

(July 12, 2013) On July 9, 2013, the European Union (EU) filed a request with the World Trade Organization (WTO) for consultations with Russia on the Russian government’s imposition of a “recycling fee” on imported vehicles.  (Press Release, European Commission, The EU Brings Its First WTO Case Against Russia (July 1, 2013), EUROPA.) Russia began […]

Brazil; World Trade Organization: New WTO General Director Is a Brazilian Diplomat

(May 8, 2013) For the first time, a Latin-American citizen will lead the World Trade Organization (WTO). Roberto Azevêdo, a Brazilian diplomat, was selected to be the Director-General of the WTO for the next four years. Azevêdo defeated former Mexican Trade Minister Herminio Blanco in the final round of the selection process to determine who […]

China; Mexico: Agreement on Trade Balance and Oil

(Apr. 23, 2013) Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, during his recent trip to <?Sanya, China, on April 6, 2013, agreed with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, on implementing actions to balance the trade between the two countries. Currently Mexico has a trade deficit with China. Following the meeting of the two Presidents, in which President […]

United Nations: Campaign to Inform Tourists About Illegal Trafficking

(Apr. 15, 2013) On April 5, 2013, the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) jointly announced a campaign against the trade in illegal goods and services that funds organized crime. The new initiative includes enlisting tourists to assist law enforcement. The joint press release states […]

Indonesia: New Regulation on Phone Imports

(Jan. 8, 2013) On December 27, 2012, Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade issued Regulation 82/M-DAG/PER/12/2012, effective on January 1, 2013, on the importation of various kinds of mobile phones, personal digital assistants, and tablet computers. The goals of the new regulation are to curb sales of illegal products and to protect local industry. (Press Release, Ministry […]