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    Russia-WTO: Progress but Not Ready for Accession

    On Friday the Kremlin announced that Russia and the U.S. settled all outstanding bilateral issues relating to Russia’s accession to the WTO. “I can say that the United States has removed all the questions regarding Russia joining the WTO,” Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin said, assuring the press that Russia … More

    Freer Trade is Key to a Cleaner Environment and Green Growth

    In remarks on World Environment Day, the Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Pascal Lamy, pointed out that, “Trade opening has much to contribute in the fight against climate change and to the protection of the environment.” Indeed, the most practical improvements in energy efficiency and protecting the environment … More

    A Trade War Averted For Now

    On April 6, last minute action by the Obama administration averted a near trade conflict with Brazil concerning the trade-distorting U.S. cotton subsidy programs. With the provisional deal, the U.S. avoided about $830 million in trade sanctions on over 100 American exports targeted by Brazil.  Those retaliatory tariffs would have … More

    Say "Adios" to Obama’s “National Export Initiative”

    The latest outbreak of creeping global protectionism is in Brazil, which announced March 8 that it intends to levy nearly USD$600 million in increased import duties on more than 100 products made in the U.S. in retaliation for the United States’ failure to comply with a World Trade Organization (WTO) … More

    Free Trade Fact of the Day

    In many ways the Bush Administration has fought hard for free trade … but they are far from perfect. As the Wall Street Journal reports, the White House finally lost its four-year effort to defend cotton subsidies from a complaint by Brazil in the World Trade Organization. If the US … More