Specialists in Annex 24 and Customs Traffic


16 Sep

Euro Zone Swings to Trade Surplus Y/y in July

The euro zone swung to an unadjusted 6.5 billion euro trade surplus in July from a 36.3 billion euro deficit a year earlier as costs of energy imports plunged and exports of manufactured goods surged, data showed on Friday.   The European Union’s statistics office Eurostat said the unadjusted trade balance in the January-July period […]

10 Sep

Australian PM Keen to Ink EU Free Trade Agreement ‘As Soon as Possible’

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said on Saturday that prospects of inking a free trade agreement with the European Union were better this year than in 2024, after talks stalled in July.     Discussions between Australia and the 450-million-person bloc hit a roadblock mid-year, partly over greater market access for Australian farm products like […]

31 Aug

Australia, EU to Resume Talks on Free Trade Deal on Thursday

Australia and the European Union will resume free trade talks on Thursday with a teleconference between Australia’s Trade Minister Don Farrell and EU Commissioner for Trade Valdis Dombrovskis, a month after the two sides failed to reach a deal.   Differences over access for Australian agricultural products, particularly beef, to EU markets saw Australia walk […]

26 Aug

Chinese Minister Says India Free to Join RCEP Trade Bloc

 India is free to join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), China’s Vice Commerce Minister Wang Shouwen said on Friday in New Delhi, adding that it would boost trade between India and China which is growing “very fast”.   The RCEP is the world’s largest trade bloc backed by China and groups 15 Asia-Pacific economies, […]

15 Aug

US Import Prices Rebound in July, Trend Remains Soft

U.S. import prices rebounded more than expected in July amid higher costs for petroleum products and food, but underlying imported inflation pressures remained muted.   Import prices increased 0.4% last month, the Labor Department said on Tuesday. Data for June was revised to show prices falling 0.1% instead of the previously reported 0.2%. Economists polled […]

29 Jul

Bolivia Challenges Global Dollar Dominance With Chinese Yuan, Russian Rouble

Bolivia’s government is determined to curb dependence on the U.S. dollar for foreign trade, instead turning to the Chinese yuan, officials said, as Latin American support for alternative currencies grows.     Economy Minister Marcelo Montenegro said the Andean country was following “a pattern at the level of international trade, that is generating a progressive […]

21 Jul

Argentina’s Cabinet Chief Says Harvest Should Bring Economic Relief

Argentina’s financial crisis, which has been marked by exchange rate volatility and soaring inflation, should start abating in November and December, with large foreign currency inflows from the wheat harvest, cabinet chief Agustin Rossi told Reuters on Friday.   Argentina’s prolonged financial crisis has been aggravated by a ferocious drought that reduced crucial agricultural exports […]

13 Jul

EU Removes Post-Fukushima Curbs on Japan Food Imports

The European Union agreed on Thursday to remove restrictions on Japanese food imports, imposed after the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, with the hope that Japan will ease its controls on EU farm produce.   The EU has required pre-export testing of food products for radioactivity since an earthquake and tsunami wrecked the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear […]

04 Jul

¿Does Mercosur seek a ‘win-win’ trade agreement with the EU?

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Tuesday that the Mercosur bloc of Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay wants its trade agreement with the European Union to be a “win-win” situation.   Lula has criticized some of the European Union’s requests for the deal, including an addendum attaching sustainability and climate change commitments […]

29 Jun

North American Trade Pact on 3rd Anniversary: Optimism Is Rising for US and Mexican Workers

To President Donald Trump, America’s trade relationship with Mexico was intolerable. He seethed over the U.S. trade deficit and the shuttered factories in America’s heartland. “No longer,’’ he vowed six years ago, “are we going to allow other countries to break the rules, to steal our jobs and drain our wealth.”   So Trump pressured […]