International Trade

  • December 16, 2010

    EU Trade Deal With Canada On Track For 2011

    European Union Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht has signaled that a free trade agreement between Canada and the EU is on track to be completed by the end of 2011, after little more than a year of ongoing negotiations.

  • December 15, 2010

    Bill Aims To Extend Trade Programs, Slash Duties

    The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a tariff bill that would extend two trade preference programs for 18 months and lower duties on hundreds of imported goods, a move that is being hailed by domestic industry as a means of slashing the costs of doing business in the United States and boosting American manufacturing exports.

  • December 15, 2010

    ITA Retains Duties On Mexican Steel Pipe Cos.

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday determined that Mexican steelmakers sold welded pipe below competitive market prices, tentatively imposing a 48 percent duty rate on one company that refused to participate in the anti-dumping review.

  • December 15, 2010

    Tax Compromise Passes Senate With Ethanol Credits

    The U.S. Senate approved an $858 billion compromise bill on Wednesday to extend the Bush-era tax cuts, which includes provisions extending tax credits for ethanol producers, ethanol tariffs and billions in grants for renewable energy projects.

  • December 15, 2010

    US May Face Rare Earth Metal Shortage, DOE Says

    The U.S. is heavily dependent on China for rare earth metals used in clean energy technologies and should examine new tactics to prevent potential shortages caused by volatile trade relations with the country, a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy says.

  • December 15, 2010

    US Wants NAFTA Gas Duty Challenge Nixed

    The U.S. government has asked a court to throw out the key claim in an energy company's suit over duties on Canadian gas imports, saying it lacks subject matter jurisdiction on the question of whether the gas was tax-exempt under the North American Free Trade Agreement.

  • December 14, 2010

    DOD Urged To Weigh Airbus Subsidies In Tanker War

    Rep. Rick Larsen, D-Wash., is calling on U.S. military officials to consider a World Trade Organization ruling that Airbus SAS took illegal subsidies from European governments, as they prepare to make a final award in the long battle between Airbus and Boeing Co. over a multibillion-dollar tanker procurement.

  • December 14, 2010

    Fed. Circ. Upholds Duties On Indian Lined Paper

    A federal appeals court has affirmed the U.S. Court of International Trade's ruling upholding anti-dumping duties on lined paper imported from India from 2004 to 2005, likely ending a years-long dispute between a trade group of American paper producers and an Indian producer.

  • December 14, 2010

    Korean Steel Cos. Dumped Pipe In US, ITA Says

    The U.S. Department of Commerce has found that South Korean steelmakers sold welded pipe at prices below the market rate, likely justifying anti-dumping duties for a period currently under review by the International Trade Administration.

  • December 14, 2010

    EU Launches Probe Into Greek Cereal Aid

    The European Commission has opened a formal investigation into whether the Greek government's loan of €150 million ($201 million) to its cereal sector violated the European Union's state aid rules.

  • December 14, 2010

    Chinese IP Violations Threaten US Profits, ITC Says

    Intellectual property rights infringement in China is hampering market opportunities and cutting into profits for American companies whose products compete with cheap, illegal imitations, according to a new report by the U.S. International Trade Commission.

  • December 14, 2010

    China Fights WTO Approval Of US Tire Duties

    China said Tuesday it would appeal a World Trade Organization panel ruling approving the U.S. government's right to impose a stiff tariff on Chinese tire imports, as the two countries prepare for bilateral trade talks in Washington.

  • December 13, 2010

    Yemen Edges Closer To WTO Entry With US Trade Pact

    The U.S. announced Monday that it and Yemen had finalized a bilateral trade agreement, opening Yemen’s markets to American business and moving the Mideast country, a critical counterterrorism ally, closer to joining the World Trade Organization.

  • December 13, 2010

    RAE To Pay DOJ $1.7M In Chinese Bribery Case

    RAE Systems Inc. has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Justice $1.7 million to avoid prosecution on claims that the gas and radiation detector company violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying off Chinese officials in exchange for government contracts.

  • December 13, 2010

    WTO Panel Tosses China's Challenge To US Tire Duties

    The World Trade Organization has initially sided with the U.S. government in a landmark dispute with China over the right to impose an additional tariff on $1.8 billion worth of tire imports.

  • December 13, 2010

    Weir To Pay £14M Over Iraq Oil-For-Food Kickbacks

    The U.K.’s The Weir Group PLC announced Monday that it would plead guilty to breaching United Nations sanctions in connection with Oil-for-Food contracts in Iraq and pay a £14 million ($22.2 million) fine.

  • December 13, 2010

    Justices Won't Review $16M Fuji Win In Camera IP Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a $16 million patent infringement award for Fujifilm Corp., which a federal appeals court upheld on the grounds that the company had not exhausted its rights to patents for disposable cameras because it sold them outside the U.S.

  • December 13, 2010

    High Court Split Over 1st-Sale Rule In Costco Suit

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday said it was equally divided on whether the first-sale doctrine could protect Costco Wholesale Corp. from allegations it infringed Omega SA's copyright by selling Swiss-made watches in the U.S. without Omega's permission.

  • December 10, 2010

    Legislators Wants 'Meaningful' Chinese Trade Efforts

    A bipartisan group of more than 30 lawmakers has told U.S. trade officials that they need to extract firm, measurable commitments from China at an upcoming trade conference to reduce intellectual property theft and increase U.S. exports of software and other technology

  • December 10, 2010

    RAE Pays SEC $1.2M To Settle China Bribe Claims

    RAE Systems Inc. has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to settle claims that the gas and radiation detector maker’s employees violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by paying off Chinese officials in exchange for government contracts.