US Congress Takes Aim at Beijing, Preserves Anti-Subsidy Tariffs

Volume
16,
Number
9
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7 March 2012
7 March 2012
Washington lawmakers in both chambers of Congress passed legislation this week that will allow the US Department of Commerce to continue applying countervailing, or anti-subsidy, duties to imports from non-market economies such as China. The legislation - which was quickly lambasted by Chinese...
7 March 2012
Over a year after Brazilian Finance Minister Guido Mantega first warned of an "international currency war," tensions are once again rising among the world's major economies over currency values and their impacts on export competitiveness, with Brazilian officials announcing a series of new policies...
7 March 2012
A subgroup of WTO members is currently holding "exploratory talks" on the possibility of a services liberalisation agreement, sources close to the talks have confirmed. The subgroup currently includes 16 of the organisation's members, including the US, Australia, and the EU. The countries...
7 March 2012
The ongoing debate over the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) has once again found itself in the spotlight at the WTO, with developed and developing countries sparring last week over the deal's possible effects on non-signatories, internet freedoms, and access to medicines. ACTA is a...
7 March 2012
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) could soon find itself butting heads with Brussels over how best to tackle emissions from international shipping, analysts say, after the UN shipping body was unable to make "tangible progress" in this area at last week's major meeting. The London-based...
7 March 2012
An Australian law intended to make the packaging of cigarettes less appealing to consumers again came under fire at the WTO last week, with developing country tobacco producers arguing that the measure could curtail competitiveness in the tobacco market and is inconsistent with multilateral trade...
7 March 2012
India announced the immediate prohibition of cotton exports on Monday. The move from the world's second largest cotton exporter caused a stir in market prices and surprised political officials. A group of the country's ministers is expected to review the decision later this week. Agriculture...
7 March 2012
Washington announced yesterday that it has initiated consultations with New Delhi at the WTO over India's prohibition on imports of US poultry, chicken eggs, and other agricultural products - the first stage in the global trade body's dispute settlement process. India has banned US poultry and...
7 March 2012
The Commonwealth Secretariat is seeking candidates to fill two temporary assignment positions at the Office of the Chief Trade Adviser (OCTA): Economic Trade Adviser and Legal Trade Adviser. Both positions are two-year assignments located in Port Vila, Vanuatu and are open only to nationals from...
7 March 2012
Coming soon 9 March, New York, US. ECONOMIC GROWTH AND STRUCTURAL CHANGE: PRIORITIES FOR THE LEAST DEVELOPED COUNTRIES. The recent financial, food, and energy crises have demonstrated the urgent need to improve the resilience of least developed countries (LDCs). The purpose of this roundtable...
7 March 2012
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH (CIFOR) NEWSLETTER: LAND GRABS, FOREST CARBON CO-BENEFITS AND PROSPECTS FOR RIO+20. Released by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) (February 2012). This February issue of CIFOR's newsletter summarises recent CIFOR publications and blog...