Archive | Trade Rules: Australia

  • Jilted TPP partners (plus a few) share new hopes

    Before a March 14-15 meeting in Chile planned to review next steps after US withdrawal from the TPP, other negotiating partners – plus China, Korea and Colombia – shared views on future possibilities.

  • China free trade pretensions come under more fire

    Shujiro Urata, a fellow of the Japan Centre for Economic Research and a former economist at the World Bank, said on February 28 that China has been unable to “contribute constructively” to the past five years’ Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) talks and would be unable to accept some key TPP chapters.

  • Trade with China. Triumph of hope over experience?

    The British Brexit debate, and the aftermath of Trump’s election, are bringing out widely contrasting views of China as a business partner. Some are hopelessly naive.

  • US Congressional committee claims China “violates the spirit and the letter of its international trade obligations”

    A US Congressional committee prepared a report before the November 8 elections savagely attacking China’s good faith as a trading partner.

  • A bad week for Brexit.

    Theresa May keeps insisting “Brexit means Brexit”. But no-one in Britain can agree what Brexit means, how long it’ll take to get there or what Britain’s trade policy will be once it’s out of the EU.

  • Obama administration gives up on TPP

    The US Administration admitted on November 11 it no longer expected Congressional ratification of the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) during the Obama Presidency. President-elect Trump has already announced abandoning the deal will be among his first acts after his January 20 inauguration.

  • Time to put the TPP out of its misery?

    I simply don’t buy US lobbyists’ conviction the TPP will get ratified this year. Shouldn’t they abandon the attempt?

  • How secrecy’s killing the trade deals

    Why is the TPP (and with it the TTIP and the TiSA) so close to death?

  • Grandiose trade deals: the puzzling case of the ignored Apparel Periphery

    China’s November 11 call for a Free Trade Area of the Asia-Pacific (FTAAP) seems to add yet another grandiose trade plan doomed for oblivion to a puzzling set of projects which all miss the obvious: the agreements traders and consumers actually want.

  • “Trade restrictions rising” scare simply doesn’t exist for garment and textile industry

    “WTO report says restrictive trade measures continue to rise in G-20 economies” says another scare-mongering headline from the WTO.

  • Trade lobbyists hit panic button over Trade Facilitation

    14 pro-trade organisations claim “WTO and the global trading system face a make or break situation” WTO Director General Roberto Azevêdo thinks  “This could be the most serious situation that [the WTO] has ever faced.”

  • Fijian apparel trade worries about SPARTECA expiry

    Fiji’s apparel trade relies on duty-free exports to Australia and New Zealand under the SPARTECA programme, of which Fiji is the inly main beneficiary.  This expires on December 31: Fijians believe its renewal depends on Fiji’s mid-September elections returning a pro-trade government, though there is little evidence that renewal is high on the domestic agendas of the the Australian or New Zealand governments

  • Australia and Japan free trade deal bodes ill for TPP talks

    The Australian and  Japanese Prime Minsters signed a free trade agreement on July 9, which now needs ratification by both countries’ legislatures.

  • Do Vietnamese rights allegations set TPP back by years?

    A set of disturbing claims about Vietnamese rights violations by US unions and activists, together with the US Department of Labor blacklisting Vietnam for its use of child labour in garment making, holds the potential, in our view, to delay implementation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) past the end of this decade – if it ever gets off the ground

  • New Clothesource Guide makes Trade Regulations easier to understand

    The new Clothesource Guide to Apparel Trade Regulations makes it easy to understand what rules apply to most cross-border trade in garments.