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2009-07-26 11:35:37

Germany announced that a French notion to charge "carbon tariffs" on items from countries that will not reduce greenhouse gases is a form of "eco-imperialism," and an obvious breach of WTO rules. The subject of greenhouse tariffs has been faced with vehement opposition from countries like China and India, who depend on affluent countries to purchase their products as they develop their economies. Matthias Machnig, Germany's State Secretary for the Environment, said on Friday that the French...

2009-07-15 17:12:00

WASHINGTON, July 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The major producers of commercial OEM tube in the United States today noted that imports of this copper product from China have been entering the United States in large volumes that appear to reflect dumping as well as Chinese governmental subsidization. U.S. producers manufacture commercial OEM tube for use in the OEM air conditioning market in the United States. Counsel to the domestic producers, David A. Hartquist of Kelly Drye & Warren...

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2009-07-15 20:10:00

An agreement was reached and signed on Wednesday by the European Union and Canada, ending a dispute over genetically modified crops that Canada had taken to the World Trade Organization. The European Commission said in a statement that the two "signed in Geneva a final settlement of the WTO dispute which Canada had brought against the EU in May 2003 regarding the application of its legislation on biotech products.""The mutually agreed solution provides for the establishment of a regular...

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2009-07-03 12:30:00

China has been outspoken in its concern over possible carbon tariffs being imposed on exports, stating that the move would represent a breach of guidelines put in place by the World Trade Organization.Yao Jian, spokesman of China's Ministry of Commerce (MOC), told Xinhua that the proposals "would seriously hurt the interests of developing countries and trigger disputes in international trade.""This will not help strengthen confidence that the international community can cooperate to handle...

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2009-06-25 05:48:45

Prominent US trade executives announced they have submitted a request to the Chinese government pushing for the relinquishment of a new rule demanding all computers be installed with Internet filtering software, the AFP reported. China may be breaking the established terms of agreement with the World Trade Organization by making it mandatory for all computers within its borders to operate with the "Green Dam" program, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke and US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said....

2009-06-25 00:24:46

China, responding to a U.S.-EU complaint about its export restrictions, says its policy is consistent with World Trade Organization rules. The United States and the European Union have complained to the WTO that China's limits on exporting some of its raw materials are unfair. China's Xinhua news agency quoted an unnamed Commerce Ministry official as saying the export restrictions on commodities such as bauxite, coke, magnesium, zinc and silicon metal are designed to protect the environment...

2009-06-23 14:51:00

China's export quotas, taxes are illegal trade barriers that hurt U.S. manufacturing workers WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The United Steelworkers (USW) today gave strong support for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute filed by the United States and European Union, challenging China's export restrictions on key raw materials and minerals used in manufacturing. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080131/DC12982LOGO) The U.S. and the EU have requested WTO...

2009-06-16 09:04:00

PARIS, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- - While Some States Envisage a "New Approach" to Resume the Doha Round, the Theses and Figures Put Forward by Pascal Lamy were Contested at the end of the International Workshop Organized at the Sorbonne on June 4th and 5th by momagri's Head Economist Bertrand Munier, University Professor and Chief Economist at momagri, stated at the end of this workshop: "agricultural price volatility, the impact of speculation and the progress made in...

2009-03-27 10:03:00

U.S. regulation of Internet gambling would resolve trade dispute WASHINGTON, March 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of a formal investigation, the European Commission has issued a preliminary report that finds U.S. laws on Internet gambling are legally not justified and discriminatory. The report found that the treatment of foreign Internet gambling operators by the U.S. under existing domestic law constituted a barrier to market access for European companies and is inconsistent with...

2009-03-24 09:55:44

South Korea and the European Union Tuesday agreed to a tentative trade deal that would erase most tariffs between the countries within five years. Just as many nations are passing protectionist measures directly with tariffs or indirectly with domestic subsidies, South Korean and Europe are near completion of a two-year negotiating effort, The New York Times said Tuesday. Trade officials warned that a few disagreements need to be overcome before trade ministers can sign the agreement, which...


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