On the eve of a deadline to act on a report filed by the Department of Commerce on the national security implications of auto imports and following media reports that the White House would postpone a decision to slap import duties on cars and car parts, Donald Trump released a …
This column was written with input from Chris Horseman. This has been an eventful week, with EU-US trade frictions, e-commerce, Mercosur, the Energy Charter Treaty, Australia and New Zealand, and WTO fish talks featuring high on the agenda. Below are other notable developments. Andean countries safeguard commodities exports to UK …
The US and EU are consulting stakeholders over retaliation for Airbus and Boeing WTO rule breaches.
Hopes for any decisive breakthrough this week in the negotiations for a free trade deal between the EU and Mercosur look set to be thwarted — despite positive noises emanating from Brazilian sources in particular.
Diplomats of more than 75 countries met in Geneva this week to formally start negotiations to set rules for trade in the 21st century in the World Trade Organization. The aim is to achieve a so-called ‘plurilateral’ agreement among a subset of organisation members which others could join later.
The United Kingdom’s musings about the desirability of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership post-Brexit could be rendered academic – because the 11 CPTPP countries may decide not to invite the UK to join, according to a leading trade analyst.
Having obtained the green light from the European Court of Justice for the CETA investment court, the European Commission has wasted no time in proceeding to reform the Energy Charter Treaty. The reform push also covers oil and gas pipeline transit – which will grate with Russia.
Trade ambassadors are to convene in Geneva on Friday to give fresh impetus – or so it is hoped – to the WTO’s long-running negotiations on controls of fisheries subsidies.
We are looking at a packed week in EU trade. There will be two important negotiations rounds and a few critical meetings in Brussels.
This week, World Trade Organization ambassadors met in rue de Lausanne in Geneva for the General Council meeting. It was mainly a meeting to – literally –‘ confront’ views on the state of the organisation and on how to reform it. We partly covered the Appellate Body discussion.