TPP fuels Asia's zest for regional free trade pacts

TOKYO -- Trade negotiators from the 11 Trans-Pacific Partnership countries will gather in Japan from July 17 to July 19 to hammer out procedures for accepting new members into the bloc, among them Thailand, Indonesia and possibly the U.K.

  • WTO to rule on Japan's green energy complaint against Canada

    The World Trade Organization said on Wednesday it will rule on a Japanese claim that a Canadian province's renewable energy programme flouts international trade law.

  • Rice prices fall in Mekong Delta - Rice prices in the Mekong Delta over the last few days have dropped by VND100-300 per kilogram after the Vietnam Food Association decided to halt the purchase of one million tons of summer-autumn rice for stockpiling.

  • EU, Singapore FTA Talks To Be Completed This Year

    In a joint statement issued after their recent meeting in Singapore, the Minister for Trade and Industry Lim Hng Kiang and the European Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht said that they were pleased with the progress being made in negotiations for the proposed Singapore-European Union (EU) free trade agreement (FTA).

  • EU accused of not cutting tariffs on tech imports

    (Reuters) - Japan, Taiwan and the United States on Wednesday accused the European Union of failing to abolish taxes on some electronic hardware imports, despite being told to do so by the World Trade Organization, sources said.

  • EU Plans to Renew 48.5% Tariff on Chinese Bikes for Three Years

    The European Union plans to renew a tariff on bicycles from China to help EU producers including Accell Group (ACCEL) NV compete with cheaper imports, a step that would extend 18-year-old trade protection.

  • WTO favors Mexico in tuna dispute with U.S

    MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The World Trade Organization has ruled in favor of Mexico in a dispute over tuna with the United States that began more than 20 years ago, a high-ranking source close to the negotiations told Reuters.

  • WTO approves pro-PHL ruling in tobacco row with Thailand

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) Dispute Settlement Body has adopted a ruling that upholds Philippine claims that Thailand has failed to respect its tobacco-related WTO commitments, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said Tuesday.

  • World Bank's Zoellick urges U.S. drive for Doha deal

    GENEVA (Reuters) - U.S. leadership could be the vital spark needed to revive moribund world trade talks, World Bank President Robert Zoellick said on Monday, decrying as defeatist the mindset of those prepared to see the deal fail.