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Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity
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Comment: Palm and soybean oil phaseout will test EU environmental objectivity

If the EU wants to avoid losing a potential World Trade Organization dispute following its decision to phase out palm and soybean oil-based biofuels, it will need to prove its environmenal criteria are objective. For political reasons, that will be difficult, as this might involve displeasing EU rapeseed and sunflower …

A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade
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A Week in Brussels: Polish schadenfreude, rapeseed vs palm oil, trumping ivory trade

The main obsession in Brussels this week has been the EU-US trade spat. All eyes will be on the Group of Seven meeting in Canada.  Mercosur and EU negotiators have been working until the time of writing on narrowing gaps on ‘geographical indications’ protection and Mercosur’s offer on autos (rules of origin …

Beyond Brussels: US trade measures, WTO member reactions – where we stand
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Beyond Brussels: US trade measures, WTO member reactions – where we stand

A lot can happen in just a week – and when it comes to trade, most of what’s happening these days involves the US. This week was no exception, as India complained about American duties on steel and aluminium, and the Trump administration initiated a national security probe into automobile …

FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand
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FTA roundup: Mexico, Japan, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand

There have been a few developments and clarifications on the variety of bilateral free trade agreements under way in the EU in recent days. So here are some updates on where things stand with Mexico, Singapore, Japan, Australia and New Zealand.   EU-Mexico  ‘agreement in principle’ – next steps   …

EU’s lapsed duties on Pakistani PET are illegal, WTO Appellate Body says
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EU’s lapsed duties on Pakistani PET are illegal, WTO Appellate Body says

European antisubsidy duties on a Pakistani plastics ingredient that expired three years ago breach global trade rules, the World Trade Organization’s Appellate Body said today, upholding a previous ruling.   The fact that the tariffs have lapsed means no action is required by either Islamabad or Brussels. But appeals judges’ …

Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia
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Week ahead in EU trade: US, Mexico, investment, Commonwealth, Australia

This week, the the policy churn in Brussels will mainly be about what to do about Donald Trump’s trade policies. Some progress might be made when the EU and Mexico sit down for another negotiating round aimed at updating their trade deal, and European lawmakers in Strasbourg will vote on a …

Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan
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Deng: Double whammy of EU steel safeguards and US duties would be ‘disaster’ for Taiwan

A decision by the EU to slap safeguards on foreign steel would have severe repercussions in Taiwan, whose exports of the alloy to the US are already subject to 25% duties, says Taiwan’s top trade negotiator. Without an exemption from the US tariffs – something Taiwan has tried and failed to …