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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia
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Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, trilogue, Japan, TRQs, China, Indonesia

The next two weeks are notable for all the rounds of trade negotiations: the EU will hold talks with China and Indonesia this week and then with Mercosur and New Zealand next week. In between, EU and Japanese officials will sign their economic partnership and strategic partnership agreements. But perhaps …

Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in
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Beyond Brussels: As WTO sounds the alarm about protectionism, new US and Chinese tariffs kick in

US tariffs on Chinese goods kicked in today. So did Chinese duties on US products. Chalk up at least another two trade restrictions that will be added to the World Trade Organization’s next semi-annual listing of barriers erected by Group of 20 economies.   Earlier this week, the WTO issued …

A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute
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A week in Brussels: Australia, Gattaz, Brexit parachute

The EU is transfixed by the trade war with the United States. This week was comparatively quiet in terms of trade meetings or negotiations – but the next couple of weeks will be packed.   This week we’ve written on what World Trade Organization members have been telling the US …

US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting
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US auto tariffs: EU vows to defend its interests in heated WTO meeting

The EU joined more than a dozen World Trade Organization members in denouncing the Trump administration’s threat to impose import duties on vehicles and car parts, saying such a move would seriously disrupt the world market and harm global commerce.   Japan also suggested that such tariffs – which the …

Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy
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Commentary: AfCFTA has great potential, but road ahead may be long and bumpy

The African Continental Free Trade Area promises to be a boon for African nations and their trade partners, but the road to the successful implementation of the AfCFTA remains long, argue Kholofelo Kugler and Hanna Deringer. Schedules of commitments on tariff reductions and services remain unfinished, they say, and accommodating …

Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks
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Beyond Brussels: WTO ruling on tobacco packaging may have domino effect on food, drinks

Australia’s landmark win over Big Tobacco at the World Trade Organization paves the way for other countries to roll out similar laws requiring plain packaging for cigarettes and cigars. Yesterday’s ruling could also have implications for alcohol, sugary drinks and junk food packaging.   WTO judges concluded in an 800-page …

Council details WTO reform wish list, is cautious on US auto tariff threats
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Council details WTO reform wish list, is cautious on US auto tariff threats

The European Union’s heads of government significantly amended their conclusions on trade policy in the night from Thursday to Friday, offering more detailed guidance on what they want in terms of World Trade Organization reforms – a goal the EU formally set itself this spring. The Council officially remains silent …