Council for International Trade - Trade Update Newsletter

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Next Trade Update: Tuesday, May 28

Featured Headlines

General Council appoints Azevêdo as next Director-General, Lamy pledges smooth transition
WTO, May 14, 2013

International Trade: Exports Continue as Bright Spots
for California Economy

CalChamber, May 10, 2013

CalChamber Companies in the News

Home Depot helps after thieves hit Habitat for Humanity, May 10, 2013

Gap April revenue rises
Bloomberg, May 9, 2013

Amazon Earns Customer Loyalty With Integrity, Not Rewards
Forbes, May 9, 2013

Toyota profit more than doubles
USA Today, May 8, 2013

Trade Policy

From the World Trade Organization

Trade Policy Review: Macao, China

Troika recommends Carvalho de Azevêdo to be the next WTO Director-General

Austria offers EUR 200,000 to WTO training programme
for developing countries

From the White House

WEEKLY ADDRESS: Growing the Housing Market
and Supporting our Homeowners

Statement by the Press Secretary on the President’s Travel
to the UK and Germany

Readout of the President's Call with King Mohammed VI
of Morocco

Obama Administration Launches Competition for Three New Manufacturing Innovation Institutes

Obama Administration Releases Historic Open Data Rules to Enhance Government Efficiency and Fuel Economic Growth

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of Prime Minister David Cameron of the United Kingdom

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Ollanta Humala of Peru

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Sebastián Piñera of Chile

Vice President Biden, Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Brazil, Colombia, and Trinidad and Tobago

Joint Declaration in Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary
of the Alliance between the Republic of Korea and the United States of America

From the U.S. Department of Commerce

Acting Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Begins Trade Mission to Brazil, Colombia, Panama

Latin America Presents Growing Opportunities
for American Companies

Trade Winds Asia 2013
**ITA Blog

Obama Administration Seeks Applicants for First Phase
of ‘Investing in Manufacturing Communities’ Partnership

Celebrating a Strategy to Increase Travel and Tourism
and Create Jobs

**ITA Blog

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank Announces Appointments to Travel and Tourism Advisory Board

Commerce-Supported Student Recruitment Group Opens Office
in Vietnam

**ITA Blog

From the U.S. Trade Representative

Statement by U.S. Ambassador to the WTO Michael Punke
at the Fourth WTO Trade Policy Review of Macau, China

Deputy Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Burr Highlights Bilateral and Investment Trade Opportunities for Afghanistan and the United States

WTO Dispute Settlement Proceedings: Indonesia B Importation of Horticultural Products, Animals, and Animal Products

U.S. Welcomes New World Trade Organization Director-General Designee

Negotiating Objectives: Japan's Participation in the Proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement


‘Job Killer’ that Hurts Struggling Small Firms/Start-Ups
on Hold for Now

CalChamber, May 9, 2013


Camp Announces Release of
2013 Trade Blue Book

Committee on Ways and Means, May 13, 2013

Increasing US Exports - The Real Challenge
By Sherwin Pomerantz, Atid EDI Ltd. - Jerusalem, May 9, 2013

More International Articles

Electronic Trade to Spur Mumbai Volume 20% Seoul’s:
India Credit

Bloomberg Businessweek, May 14, 2013

Import prices fall; lower oil prices to help households
Reuters, May 14, 2013

France Leads Europe in Growing Disillusionment With EU
Bloomberg, May 13, 2013

High-tech pushes for more in immigration bill
Contra Costa Times, May 13, 2013

Sacramento seeks lucrative trade ties with Chinese city
of 28 million people

The Sacramento Bee, May 13, 2013

UK's Cameron urges "everything on table" in U.S.-EU trade talks
Reuters, May 13, 2013

Europe Tries to Boost Economy After Pressure From U.S.
Bloomberg, May 13, 2013

Mixed signals for the global economy
Reuters, May 12, 2013

San Diego Mayor Building Economic Bridges to Tijuana
The New York Times, May 12, 2013

New Brazil WTO Chief To Tilt Towards China
Forbes, May 11, 2013

S Korean Leader Talks Trade, Tourism in California
ABC News, May 10, 2013

Despite winning top world trade job, even Brazil looks beyond WTO
Reuters, May 10, 2013

Heading to G7, U.S. tells Japan to stick to currency rules
Reuters, May 10, 2013

Canada Adds 12,500 FT Jobs as Unemployment Rate Holds at 7.2%
CTV News, May 10, 2013

G7 finance chiefs to discuss bank reform push
Reuters, May 9, 2013

U.K. Industrial Output Rises More Than Forecast on Energy
Bloomberg, May 9, 2013

Azevedo looks to resurrect WTO with patient diplomacy
Reuters, May 8, 2013

IMF’s Lipton Says U.S. Economy Held Back by Government
Bloomberg, May 8, 2013

Analysis: From the fringe of Europe, Romania
and Bulgaria seek EU acceptance

Reuters, May 8, 2013

Foreign Food Inspections on Decline as Illnesses
From Imported Goods Rise

The New York Times, May 7, 2013

U.S. requests talks with Bahrain over 2011 labor crackdown
Reuters, May 7, 2013


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