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6 March 2015
China in late February unveiled a new temporary ban on the import of ivory carvings. The moratorium will apply to carved products dating from after 1975 and will be in place for one year. The move is, according to a Chinese official, designed to test the effectiveness of restricting market access...
6 March 2015
美国国会共和党领袖在周二表示,关于“促进贸易授权”(TPA)法案的谈判“搁浅”。这意味着,国会很难在四月份以前对这个法案进行表决。 美国国会两党最近以来的一个辩论热点是如何设计和表述“促进贸易授权”,甚至究竟是否应该授予总统这个权力。这个议题之所以处于热辩,是因为跨太平洋战略伙伴关系协定(TPP)的12个成员方正紧锣密鼓进行,希望在未来几个月内达成最后文本。 “促进贸易授权”法案,也被称作“快速谈判授权”,可以允许美国行政部门谈判国际贸易协定,然后全文提交给国会进行表决,议员只能投赞成或者反对票,不能对协定提出修正案。而且,该法案也会为谈判官员界定这些贸易谈判的目标。 上一个的“促进贸易授权...
6 March 2015
WTO最贫穷成员们上周五提交了一份建议,要求延长用于加强全球贸易规则保护药品专利和临床数据的过渡期,还包括要求关于专利保护和药品/农业化学产品独家市场权力的豁免。 此举意在促使WTO成员之间关于延长这些药品豁免的讨论,如果没有延长的话,这些措施将在2016年1月1日到期。 但是,意见书再次提出了这个到期日和2013年决议中延长到2021年的到期日之间的关系。2013年决议规定2021年以前是最不发达国家运用《与贸易有关的知识产权协议》(下称TRIPS)相关条款的过渡期,但这个延长的过渡期并不适用于该协定的3、4和5条,分别涉及国民待遇、最惠国待遇和关于维持保护措施的多边协定。...
6 March 2015
欧盟指控俄罗斯违反WTO关税承诺一案有了新的进展,前者于2月26日向WTO提交了设立专家组的请求。 此案( DS485 )是俄罗斯自两年前“入世”以来、第四次遭到欧盟在WTO投诉。案中的焦点是某些农产品和制造品在俄罗斯的进口关税待遇问题。 欧盟称,俄罗斯对纸张、棕榈油、冰箱等商品征收的进口税高于其约束税率。约束税率是一国在加入WTO时(俄于2012年8月加入该组织)所承诺的最高关税上限。 欧盟称,这些过高的关税对欧盟的出口造成了消极的影响,因为这类商品每年的贸易额高达6亿欧元左右。 去年10月,欧盟提交了初步的磋商请求,这是WTO争端解决程序的第一阶段。然而,这些磋商未能使双方达成一致。(见...
5 March 2015
O assessor especial da Presidência do Uruguai, Carlos Pérez del Castillo, apontou, em 4 de março, as prioridades comerciais do novo governo do país. Para o assessor, a estratégia de vincular o projeto de inserção internacional do Uruguai ao Mercado Comum do Sul (Mercosul) se encontra "totalmente...
5 March 2015
Witney Schneidman is a non-resident fellow with the Africa Growth Initiative and a member of the Trade Advisory Committee on Africa in the Office of the US Trade Representative. He is also a member of the Sub-Saharan African Advisory Committee at the US Export-Import Bank, the Council on Foreign...
5 March 2015
Negotiations to determine final language for a draft bill renewing Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) are “stuck,” a top US Republican lawmaker said on Tuesday, raising the prospect that the bill might not be considered in the country’s Congress before April. US lawmakers on both sides of the aisle...
5 March 2015
The WTO’s poorest members tabled a proposal in late February for extending their transitional period for enforcing global trade rules protecting pharmaceutical patents and clinical data, along with a related waiver involving patent protection and exclusive marketing rights for pharmaceutical and...
5 March 2015
The EU has moved forward in its WTO dispute against Russia over alleged violations of Moscow’s tariff commitments, filing a request on 26 February for the establishment of a panel to hear the case. The case ( DS485 ) is the fourth dispute that Brussels has lodged against Moscow in the two years...
4 March 2015
Еврокомиссия утвердила стратегию создания Энергетического союза, в рамках которой планируется установить стратегическое партнерство с Азербайджаном и Туркменистаном, а также снизить зависимость от российского газа. План по созданию единого рынка энергоресурсов, покупки и потребления энергии был...

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