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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…

New WTO chief takes hands-on approach to creating ‘a different mood’

Just three weeks into the job, new World Trade Organization chief Roberto Azevedo hinted Monday at the beginning of a more dynamic era for the body long hampered by deadlocked global trade talks. “I see that there is a different mood at the WTO today. The dynamic is different,” said…

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…

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…

Trade war? Bill would ban government from buying Chinese

WASHINGTON — The US government would be barred from buying any Chinese goods or services under legislation unveiled Friday by US senators angry at Beijing’s policy of buying only from domestic sources. The prohibition would last until China, a World Trade Organization (WTO) member for nearly 10 years, signs on…

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