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WTO hails ‘historic’ first global trade agreement

Commerce ministers capped days of hard negotiations on Saturday by approving a WTO agreement on international commerce they hailed as a “historic” boost for the trade body. The agreement still falls far short of the World Trade Organization’s lofty…  …

U.S. official: Deal to simplify global trade ‘clearly doable’

Countries have a real chance of clinching a deal to ease global trade at a Bali summit in December, ending years of deadlocked negotiations, the top US trade official said Tuesday. “A strong, binding trade facilitation agreement clearly is doable,” US Trade Representative Michael Froman told delegates at the World…

U.S. told ban on clove cigarettes violates WTO rules

The World Trade Organization on Wednesday threw out Washington’s appeal against Jakarta’s claim that US rules banning the sale of Indonesian clove cigarettes infringed international trade rules. Washington had banned the production and sale of clove cigarettes under a health act that also blocks the sales of other cigarettes with…

Canada threatens trade war with EU over oil sands

MONTREAL — Canada has threatened to lodge a World Trade Organization complaint against the European Union if the bloc labels oil from Alberta’s tar sands as highly polluting, documents published Monday show. Environmental group Friends of the Earth Europe obtained a copy of a letter sent in December by Canada’s…

U.S. appeals ruling against dolphin-safe tuna labels

WASHINGTON — The United States on Friday appealed a World Trade Organization decision that accuses Washington of imposing overly stringent rules on dolphin-safe tuna from Mexico. “Our dolphin-safe labeling measures for tuna products provide information for American consumers as they make food purchasing decisions for their families,” Andrea Mead, a…

Canada, Mexico ‘victory’ in US meat label dispute

Canada and Mexico on Friday largely won a trade dispute against the United States over its regulation requiring country-of-origin labels for meat. The countries claimed the US policy discriminated against their cattle, lowered prices and restricted trade in the case brought before the World Trade Organization. A dispute panel ruled on Friday that the labelling…

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