South Asia & ASEAN

EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says
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EU duties on Indonesian biodiesel break rules, WTO says

European tariffs on Indonesian biodiesel are illegal, the World Trade Organization said today in a ruling that contains the same basic findings as in a similar WTO complaint lodged by Argentina. But the panel went even further, faulting the EU’s profit calculations and finding serious defects with the bloc’s export-price …

A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China
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A week in Brussels: GSP report, ISDS scrutiny, EU export boom to China

This week in EU trade was marked by a first substantive round of trade negotiations with Chile, as well as a meeting of the EU Korea trade committee dominated by EU recriminations against Korean beef import restrictions and one of its labour union laws. Otherwise it’s been report and data …

Beyond Brussels: China-US ties, WTO chicken ruling, Indian mini-ministerial, Australian wine, NAFTA
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Beyond Brussels: China-US ties, WTO chicken ruling, Indian mini-ministerial, Australian wine, NAFTA

There were plenty of trade stories from around the world this week, including efforts by China’s president to ease strained ties with the US, a request for Washington to probe the security risks of uranium imports, India’s plan to hold a mini-ministerial meeting, Australia’s trade challenge of Canadian measures on …

Beyond  Brussels: Canadian WTO challenge, NAFTA, India, Vietnamese STEs, Chinese trade surplus
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Beyond Brussels: Canadian WTO challenge, NAFTA, India, Vietnamese STEs, Chinese trade surplus

The year began with a bang in some parts of the world in terms of commerce, including a World Trade Organization complained filed by Canada against US trade-remedy measures that could eventually draw in other WTO members as complainants.   Canada challenges ‘America First’ approach at WTO   Canada has …

A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC
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A week in Brussels: Latin America, Vietnam, TDI, MIC

This week’s trade highlights of the week have been: Latin America, the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement, trade defence and the EU’s multilateral investment court plans.   Deal or no deal in Mercosur, that is the question   The EU has been negotiating hard with both Mercosur and Mexico this week …

A week in Brussels
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A week in Brussels

Welcome to a new weekly column ‘A week in Brussels’ with the highlights of the trade week in Brussels. I hope you enjoy it!   The trade week in Brussels ends with an understated Eastern Partnership summit. It brings together of a group of disparate countries traumatised by the Ukraine crisis …

ASEM and Asia trade update – EU looks into Bangladesh, Cambodia trade
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ASEM and Asia trade update – EU looks into Bangladesh, Cambodia trade

EU foreign ministers and High Representative Federica Mogherini are gathering in Myanmar for the Asia-Europe Meeting, where representatives of more than 50 countries get together for dialogue on anything ranging from security to migration to ‘connectivity’.   The final communique of ASEM is not expected to mention the dramatic Rohingya refugee …

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In brief: Australia, New Zealand, new TDI method, Singapore FTA

The European Parliament’s INTA committee adopted the following reports today (12 October 2017): Start of EU Australia and New Zealand  free trade agreement negotiations – Rapporteur Daniel Caspary: 38 in favour, 5 against, 1 absention Definition, presentation and labelling of spirit drinks – Rapporteur Nicola Danti – 35 in favour, …