News about international trade flows, statistics and policy decisions from the world’s most important trading economies and the World Trade Organisation.
Unless something goes badly wrong, a subset of World Trade Organisation signatories will seal an important tariff reduction agreement on Friday.Wednesday, 22 July, 2015, 4:05pm
China’s export sales unexpectedly rose for the first time in four months in June while imports fell again but posted their best performance this year, causing some optimism that tepid trade flows are picking up.
SCMP, July 1421 Jul 2015 - 12:13pm
The Trade Development Council’s new chief [Vincent Lo Hong-sui] has said helping small and medium-sized enterprises and building new convention facilities in the city are the top priorities for his two-year term, which started this month.
SCMP, June 12
15 Jun 2015 - 6:55pm 8 comments
China's top diplomat in Brussels has warned the European Union not to disregard changes to global trade rules set to favour Beijing and which European companies fear will open the bloc to a flood of cheap Chinese goods.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm
Hong Kong’s wine trade is on the rebound, as businesses toast the falling euro and recovery of the mainland Chinese market.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm
For years China has been considered the factory for the world, a role that saw it supply most of the shoes, toys and clothes to US consumers. Now these roles are changing. US exports of services to China, especially travel, are growing rapidly while US imports of goods from China have been falling in recent months.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm 2 comments
South Korean exports fell the most in two years in March and inflation hit its lowest since 1999, weakening economic momentum and putting the central bank under pressure to cut interest rates again.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm
The business sector has lost a battle to make it more difficult for people to file complaints about unfair practices under a competition law that is due to come into full effect before the year is up.
Business groups had been trying to get the new competition watchdog to require a complainant to show a "legitimate interest" in his complaint in order to curb abuse of the system.21 Apr 2015 - 9:21am
United States Treasury Secretary Jack Lew has pressed China to open its markets further by removing restrictions on technology transfers in talks with Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang.20 Apr 2015 - 9:09am 1 comment
China is upstaging Russia as the most influential player in Central Asia, but the mainland's huge trade and investment in the resource-rich region faces challenges in terms of suspicion, lower oil prices and its anti-graft crackdown back home.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm
China will impose new restrictions on imports of Norwegian salmon due to Beijing's worries that the fish may carry disease, according to the Norwegian Food Safety Authority.20 Apr 2015 - 9:09am 3 comments
Supporters of US President Barack Obama's trade agenda are battling opponents' demands to bar China from keeping its currency value artificially low, a way to subsidise exports.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm
The national “one-belt-one-road” export policy will offer opportunities for Hong Kong manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta and the city’s financial services sector, industry insiders said.21 Apr 2015 - 9:21am 2 comments
Hong Kong furriers welcomed the opening of the world's largest fur fashion event as local animal rights activists upped their fight against the trade and sales to largest market Russia looked set to stumble.21 Apr 2015 - 9:21am 6 comments
US west coast ports have begun resuming full operations after a tentative labour deal was reached between a group of shipping companies and a powerful dockworkers union after nine months of negotiations.17 Apr 2015 - 4:31pm