Trade Barriers Articles
EU leaders agree to push for U.S. trade deal
European leaders agreed on Friday to push for a free-trade pact with the United States, putting the onus on the White House to decide whether to try for a deal that would encompass half the world's economic output.
February 11, 2013 – AG Professional
Russia finally joins WTO
After 18 years of negotiations, Russia joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) on Aug. 22, but there was barely a whisper about it throughout Corn Belt agriculture, which has a lot to gain or lose.
September 26, 2012 – AG Professional
China-US Trade War?
Business Week (October 12, 2009) - One more sign that trade tensions are heating up between China and the world: as announced on the Ministry of CommerceĂs website today, Beijing will impose tariffs as high as 37.5% on a kind of chemical (polyamide-6/6 chips, is its full name) used in manufacturing plastics and textiles, and imported from the U.S., U.K., Italy, and France, as well as Taiwan.
October 12, 2009
Trade expert: U.S. protectionism risks trade war, distorts economic growth
China View (September 25, 2009) - The U.S. decision to increase Chinese tire tariffs risks starting a full-scale trade war, distorts economic growth and ultimately hurts consumers, according to a U.S. trade expert.
In an interview with Xinhua in Chicago Thursday, Marshall P. Eldred, president of Chicago-based international trading company Golden Hill Foods, said the tire decision was protectionism that could potentially have a negative impact on trade relations.
September 25, 2009
Trade Alliance to Promote Prosperity promotes dialogue, cooperation with U.S. trade partners
Ag Professional (September 8, 2009) - MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. trade policy and the dialogue surrounding it must focus on cooperation rather than confrontation with trading partners in order to generate jobs and restore the nation's economic health, says a new advocacy organization that announced its formation yesterday in Minneapolis.
September 8, 2009
China accused over unfair trade
BBC News (June 24, 2009) - The US and European Union (EU) have filed complaints that China is unfairly limiting its raw material exports. In the trade cases filed with the World Trade Organization (WTO) the US and EU said China was giving its domestic industry access to cheap materials.
June 24, 2009
AEM Canada Testifies Against Russian Trade Restrictions Affecting Ag Equipment
AgriMarketing (June 12, 2009) - Howard Mains of AEM's Canada office recently testified before Canada's House of Commons Agriculture Committee on concerns of increasing protectionist measures coming out of the Russian Federation.
June 12, 2009
NAM Letter Urges Renewed Action on Trade Agenda
NAM (July 10, 2007) ű In a letter to congressional leaders, President John Engler of the National Association of Manufacturers expressed sharp disappointment that lawmakers were backtracking on a bipartisan trade agreement reached earlier this year.
July 11, 2007
Pirated Products Worth More Than $200 Billion In 2005
IndustryWeek.com (June 6, 2007) - The value of global counterfeited goods in 2005 was at least $200 billion and could be several hundred billion dollars more, the OECD estimated on June 4.
June 6, 2007
NAM Expresses Concerns About Including ILO Standards in Free Trade Agreements
NAM (April 19, 2007) ű In a letter to House Ways and Means Chairman Charles Rangel today, the National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO John Engler outlined the NAMĂs support for pending free trade agreements with provisions to obtain reasonable labor standards in other countries, while cautioning, ˘Subjecting our labor system to foreign challenge is simply not something to which we can agree.÷
April 20, 2007
Trade official: Barriers remain in China
AP via Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel (March 29, 2007) - American businesses are having a hard time operating in China because of significant trade barriers that remain despite efforts by Beijing to keep World Trade Organization commitments.
March 29, 2007
NAM Pushes for Bipartisan Trade Deal that Works for Manufacturers
NAM (March 27, 2007) ű Following discussions between Congress and the United States Trade Representative on the U.S. trade agenda, Frank Vargo, the National Association of Manufacturers' vice president of international economic affairs, issued the following statement...
March 28, 2007
Revisiting Lumber Pact Would Impact Housing Affordability
NAHB (February 22, 2007) - In a development that could have negative repercussions for housing affordability and American consumers, the U.S. government may be attempting to squeeze even more concessions out of Ottawa less than four months after a trade pact went into effect that governs softwood lumber imports from Canada, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).
February 23, 2007
Mercosur 'must tackle inequality'
BBC News (January 21, 2007) - South American trading bloc Mercosur needs to do more to address social concerns, regional leaders have said.
January 22, 2007
US free trade discussions stumble
BBC News (January 19, 2007) - Crucial negotiations between the US and two of its leading Asian trading partners about free trade agreements are in jeopardy.
January 19, 2007
Americans Souring on Free Trade Amid Optimism About Economy
Bloomberg (January 19, 2007) - More Americans are expressing doubts about the economic payoff from free trade even as optimism about the economy hits a five-year high.
January 19, 2007
Tbilisi could veto Russia's WTO bid - Georgian FM
RIA Novosti (November 2, 2006) - Georgia's foreign minister said on Russian radio Thursday that he does not rule out his country could veto Russia's accession to the World Trade Organization.
November 2, 2006
U.S. envoy presses China on WTO talks
AP via Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel (August 28, 2006) - The U.S. trade envoy pressed China's commerce minister for Beijing's help in reviving faltering global trade talks, an American spokesman said.
August 28, 2006
ASEAN calls for resumption of Doha round of trade talks
ITAR-TASS (August 27, 2006) - The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has called for the resumption of the Doha round of multilateral talks that have been suspended a month ago at the Geneva session of the World Trade Organization (WTO).
August 28, 2006
WTO formalizes suspension of Doha Round
Xinhua (July 27, 2006) - World Trade Organization (WTO) nations formally endorsed on Thursday the suspension of the Doha Round trade negotiations, trade officials said.
July 28, 2006