Sectors

Week in EU trade: EU retaliation, Australia and NZ, Mercosur, palm oil
A week in Brussels Agriculture Australia & New Zealand EU trade latest Mercosur United States & TTIP

Week in EU trade: EU retaliation, Australia and NZ, Mercosur, palm oil

This has been another big week in EU trade.   Member states managed to cobble together a joint approach to US President Donald Trump’s steel and aluminium tariff threat. The EU lost two World Trade Organization cases – the big-ticket Airbus case and the more symbolic Pakistan plastic pellets case …

Beyond Brussels: Japan threat to retaliate over US metals duties – more bark than bite?
Beyond Brussels China EU trade latest Japan Steel Trade defence United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

Beyond Brussels: Japan threat to retaliate over US metals duties – more bark than bite?

Japan may follow China by striking back against US steel and aluminium tariffs to the tune of $409 million, signalling that Tokyo is tired of trying to win an exemption from the levies through diplomacy. But the fact that Japan is weighing retaliation doesn’t mean it will actually act on …

EU’s lapsed duties on Pakistani PET are illegal, WTO Appellate Body says
EU trade latest Pakistan Trade defence WTO & Plurilaterals WTO disputes

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: INTA, Brexit, investment screening
China EU FTAs & bilateral ties EU trade latest European Parliament Investment Mercosur Mexico Trade agenda Trade defence United States & TTIP

Week ahead in EU trade: INTA, Brexit, investment screening

Two events will happen in Brussels this week that merit close attention: the European Parliament’s international trade committee will discuss a range of headline-worthy issues during its two-day meeting and the Working Party on Trade Questions will discuss investment screening. The churn on Article 50 negotiations between the EU27 and …

Beyond Brussels: WTO tensions deepen over intellectual property, steel, Appellate Body
Beyond Brussels China EU trade latest Intellectual property Steel Trade defence United States & TTIP WTO & Plurilaterals

Beyond Brussels: WTO tensions deepen over intellectual property, steel, Appellate Body

The World Trade Organization’s General Council meeting on Wednesday highlighted the deepening rift between the US and other members over steel, intellectual property and Appellate Body nominations. There seems to be no way out  of the crisis for now.

Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN
EU FTAs & bilateral ties EU trade latest Free comment Investment ISDS ICS

Multilateral investment court: State of play at the UN

The UNCITRAL-hosted reform process of investor-state dispute settlement launched last November in Vienna is dominated by the EU, Canada and Mauritius. It is a process driven by governments and less by experts, with countries like the US and Japan finding themselves in a minority. Nikos Lavranos reports back on a …