Jul 25, 2015

WTO agrees to cut some tariffs on IT products

Major economies including Japan, the United States and China have agreed to eliminate their tariffs on 201 information technology products. The deal, reached at a meeting in Geneva on Friday of World Trade Organization members participating in the Information Technology Agreement, is expected to ...

Jul 21, 2015

Japan may request WTO panel in August over Seoul's fishery import ban

Japanese agriculture minister Yoshimasa Hayashi suggested Tuesday the government may request the World Trade Organization set up a dispute settlement panel as early as next month over South Korea’s import restrictions on Japanese fishery products. South Korea issued the ban following the 2011 Fukushima ...

Jul 2, 2015

Japan takes Brazil to WTO over taxes it says favor local firms

Japan launched a complaint against Brazil at the World Trade Organization on Thursday to challenge charges and taxes that it says illegally favor Brazilian-made goods over foreign competition, the WTO said in a statement. Japan says Brazil imposes a higher tax burden on importers ...

Jun 27, 2015

WTO rules against Kiev on auto tariffs

Emergency car import duties imposed by Ukraine in 2012 to safeguard its auto industry violate global trade rules, the World Trade Organization ruled Friday, urging Kiev to lift them. A WTO panel found in favor of Japan, which filed the complaint, ruling that “Ukraine ...

Jun 5, 2015

India's blocking imports of U.S. poultry, eggs is unfair, WTO rules

The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that India is unfairly blocking imports of U.S. poultry and eggs. The Obama administration called the decision a major victory that should greatly expand export opportunities for American farmers. The ruling announced Thursday by the Geneva-based ...

May 21, 2015

WTO ruling prompts China to drop rare earths export quota

China on Wednesday told the World Trade Organization that it had scrapped a quota system limiting exports of rare earth minerals after complaints by the U.S., EU and Japan. China told WTO members that it had taken measures on Jan. 1 and May 1 ...

Feb 12, 2015

U.S. accuses China of illegal export subsidies in complaint to WTO

The United States announced Wednesday that it has filed a new complaint at the World Trade Organization over alleged Chinese export subsidies to seven industries. China “seems to provide” WTO-prohibited support for exports through a special program that helps producers across the country to ...