Oregon senator accuses Canada of ‘politicizing’ lumber duties probe

By David Lawder WASHINGTON, May 20 : US Democratic Senator Ron Wyden accused Canada of “politicizing” a US government anti-subsidy investigation into Canadian softwood lumber imports by threatening retaliation against wine and other products from his home state of Oregon. Yesterday Wyden told Reuters in an interview the trade case has broad support in Congress […]

Morocco phosphate ship held in Panama over Western Sahara challenge – officials

By Patrick Markey ALGIERS, May 19 : Panama authorities have detained a Moroccan phosphate shipment from the disputed territory of Western Sahara after the Polisario independence movement claimed the cargo had been transported illegally, Polisario and officials said on Thursday. The detention of the vessel carrying phosphate rock cargo from Morocco’s OCP for Canada’s Agrium […]

US-China trade deal serves up potential corporate winners

By Lewis Krauskopf NEW YORK, May 12 : Beef companies, credit card firms and liquefied natural gas exporters emerged as potential corporate winners today in the wake of trade agreements reached between the United States and China. Initial reaction on the US stock market was relatively subdued after the announcement late on Thursday, part of […]

US, China reach deals on access for beef, financial services

By Ayesha Rascoe and Michael Martina WASHINGTON/BEIJING, May 11 : The United States and China will expand trade in beef and chicken and increase access for financial firms, as part of a plan to reduce the massive US trade deficit with Beijing, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said on Thursday. The deals are the first […]

Mexican beef exporters look to Muslim markets as US alternatives

By David Alire Garcia and Theopolis Waters MEXICO CITY/CHICAGO, May 12 : Mexico’s growing beef industry is targeting Muslim consumers in the Middle East for its prime cuts as it seeks to reduce dependence on buyers in the United States. The potential for a U.S.-Mexico trade war under President Donald Trump has accelerated efforts by […]

EU to tackle complaints over tech companies’ unfair trading practices

By Julia Fioretti BRUSSELS, May 10 : – The European Union executive is planning a law to deal with complaints about unfair practices by leading online players such as Apple and Google . The European Commission said on Wednesday in a mid-term review of its digital strategy it would prepare an initiative by the end […]