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WTO Corner: Green subsidies rows, South Africa files new EU citrus dispute

All major players accused each other of distorting trade through state subsidies to promote the decarbonisation agenda – including the EU’s emissions trading scheme – this week in Geneva. And South Africa launched a dispute settlement case against the EU over its ‘protectionist’ phytosanitary rules on imported citrus fruit.

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Week in London: EU-UK youth mobility scheme, border checks, CPTPP

The European Commission set out plans for a groundbreaking EU-UK youth mobility scheme – in the same week as it launched the first dispute settlement process against the United Kingdom under the trade and cooperation agreement. Worries also mount over the state of readiness of officials and traders for the …

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EU triggers TCA dispute settlement mechanism in row over UK fishing ban

The European Commission initiated dispute settlement proceedings against the United Kingdom over a British ban on fishing for sandeel in UK waters.  The European Union’s move was announced today in Brussels.   It represents the first time that either side has made use of the dispute settlement provisions under the EU-UK …

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WTO: World trade to grow again after 1.2% fall in 2023 

Global merchandise trade is set to return to growth this year and in 2025, after falling by 1.2% by volume in 2023.   But regional conflicts and geopolitical tensions ‘pose substantial downside risks to the forecast’, the World Trade Organization said.  In its latest ‘Global Trade Outlook and Statistics’ report, published …

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WTO: Permanent import duty ban challenges e-commerce deal 

The final draft text of the so-called ‘joint statement initiative’ agreement on electronic commerce includes a commitment to refrain from imposing import duties on e-commerce transactions.  If agreed, all 90 negotiation participants will not place tariffs on e-commerce transactions even if the current general World Trade Organization moratorium expires as …

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Week in London: SPS border charges, energy rebates, CPTPP tariffs 

The five-times-delayed United Kingdom border operating model will finally take full effect at the end of this month. On Wednesday, London announced the level of inspection charges on imports of higher-risk agri-food products. Traders are unhappy with both the structure of the charges and the short notice period.  Also this …