WTO & Plurilaterals

INTERVIEW: L. Alan Winters on China MES – “a coordinated view would look like the rest of the world is ganging up on China”
China Trade defence WTO & Plurilaterals

INTERVIEW: L. Alan Winters on China MES – “a coordinated view would look like the rest of the world is ganging up on China”

In an interview with Borderlex, L. Alan Winters asks if the unfolding crisis in the steel sector should be the overarching consideration for a forthcoming EU decision to grant China ‘market economy status’ in its antidumping policy this year. Winters also warns that if the West refuses to do so, there could be consequences for China’s commitment to …

China Trade defence WTO disputes

Will WTO EU antidumping ruling compliance report bear on the EU’s China ‘market economy status’ debate?

Antidumping experts are still reading the long WTO compliance report published early this week on a 2012 ruling concerning antidumping measures on Chinese iron and steel fasteners. The ruling comes at a delicate time when the future of China’s ‘market economy status’ is being hotly discussed in the EU ahead …

China Trade defence WTO disputes

WTO appellate body rebuffs EU over implementation of ruling on China antidumping case. Retaliation in sight.

The ruling is likely to inflame the debate over the future of China’s market economy status.   On 18 January 2016, the WTO’s appellate body upheld a dispute settlement body ruling chiding the EU over its implementation of a 2012 ruling on measures imposed against iron or steel fasteners from …

TiSA

TiSA in focus

On 18 January 2016 in the evening, the European Parliament’s trade (INTA) committee will vote on a resolution on the Trade in Services Agreement, a multilateral trade agreement under negotiation since 2012 among a subset of 23 WTO members.   The initial draft text written by the rapporteur Viviane Reding …

LatAm & Caribbean Trade defence WTO disputes

EU challenges Colombia in WTO over spirits monopolies and taxation

The EU has filed a request for consultations with Colombia in the WTO’s dispute settlement body over what it believes is discriminatory treatment of European spirits in local markets. The move was welcomed by various spirits associations in the EU.   The Scottisch Whisky Association (SWA) stated: “the industry struggles …

Ukraine, Russia & CIS WTO & Plurilaterals

Kazakhstan finalises trade arrangement with Eurasian Economic Union over its WTO accession

The Eurasian Economic Commission, the executive body of the customs and economic union bringing together Russia, Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan since 2015 announced that final arrangements were made to ensure compatibility between Kazakhstan’s fresh membership in the WTO and its participation in the grouping.   Kazakhstan joined the WTO …