Latest World Trade Organization News

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: WTO chief says debate over trade rules will last

Jan. 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The head of the World Trade Organization says an ongoing debate over special exemptions granted to China and India because they are still considered developing countries “is not going...

FILE - In this April 12, 2018, file photo, visitors walk by U.S. soybean companies' booths at the international soybean exhibition in Shanghai, China. President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies. Yet skeptics are questioning how much China has committed to buy. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

At each end of Pacific, skepticism over China farm purchases

Dec. 26, 2019 10:54 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — President Donald Trump likes to joke that America's farmers have a nice problem on their hands: They're going to need bigger tractors to keep up with surging Chinese demand for their soybeans and other agricultural goods under a preliminary deal between the world's two largest economies....

FILE - In this Oct. 7, 2019, file photo visitors hold up patriotic slogans including

As Trump shuns US multilateralism, China ups diplomatic ante

Dec. 20, 2019 1:51 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Chinese leaders have long been sensitive about their communist country’s international image. Now, they are battling back — investing in diplomacy and a courtship of hearts and minds, just as the United States digs in on the Trump administration’s “America...

Dennis Shea, US Ambassador to the WTO, arrives for the opening of the General Council, at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

EU to boost measures to protect trade after WTO impasse

Dec. 12, 2019 5:37 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union says it is taking measures to protect its trade interests in the ongoing row with the United States over the shutdown of the World Trade Organization's appellate body. EU trade chief Phil Hogan said Thursday that the 28-nation bloc “cannot afford being defenseless...

Dennis Shea, US Ambassador to the WTO, arrives for the opening of the General Council, at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

Dec. 10, 2019 12:27 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’ The United States, under a president who favors a...

Dennis Shea, US Ambassador to the WTO, arrives for the opening of the General Council, at the headquarters of the World Trade Organization, WTO, in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, Dec. 9, 2019. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP)

World trade without rules? US shuts down WTO appeals court

Dec. 9, 2019 5:55 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — Global commerce will lose its ultimate umpire Tuesday, leaving countries unable to reach a final resolution of disputes at the World Trade Organization and instead facing what critics call “the law of the jungle.’’ The United States, under a president who favors a...

President Donald Trump listens as French President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a meeting at Winfield House during the NATO summit, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, in London. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's misstatements at NATO summit

Dec. 3, 2019 5:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday wholly misrepresented the U.S. record on international trade disputes, incorrectly accused House Democrats of denying him lawyers in impeachment proceedings and dismissed as a mysterious “rumor” his own statement from months ago about...

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, an Airbus A380 takes off for its demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. A World Trade Organization panel ruled Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, that the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for plane-maker Airbus, which prompted the Trump administration to impose tariffs on nearly $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in October. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

WTO panel: EU fails to end illegal subsidies for Airbus

Dec. 2, 2019 6:02 PM EST

GENEVA (AP) — A World Trade Organization panel ruled Monday that the European Union has not complied with an order to end illegal subsidies for plane-maker Airbus, which prompted the Trump administration to impose tariffs on nearly $7.5 billion worth of EU goods in October. In its ruling, a WTO compliance...

Gerald Margolis, center left, branch manager of Philip Morris in Thailand, talks to reporters at Criminal Court in Bangkok, Thailand, Friday, Nov. 29, 2019. The court has found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines, and ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million). (AP Photo)

Thai court fines Philip Morris $39.7 million for tax evasion

Nov. 29, 2019 6:20 AM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — A court in Thailand on Friday found the local unit of tobacco giant Philip Morris guilty of evading taxes by under-declaring the value of cigarettes it imported from the Philippines. It ordered the company to pay a fine of 1.2 billion baht ($39.7 million). The Criminal Court found Philip...

In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, Lisa Wathne holds original sea turtle costumes, like the one she wore 20 years earlier that were made for protesters at the World Trade Organization (WTO) demonstrations in Seattle, in Lake Forest Park, Wash. Wathne and other demonstrators wore the cardboard turtle shells to protest WTO policies, including one interpreted by protesters as disregarding the plight of turtles killed by shrimp nets. A wide array of issues brought tens of thousands of protesters to Seattle 20 years ago Saturday, with one unifying theme: concern that the World Trade Organization, a then-little-known body charged with regulating international trade, threatened them all. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Impact of WTO protests in Seattle still felt 2 decades later

Nov. 29, 2019 1:10 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — Nancy Haque worried about the conditions in sweatshops around the world. For Lynne Dodson, it was the possibility of attacks on public education. The plight of imperiled sea turtles got Lisa Wathne. An array of issues brought tens of thousands of protesters to Seattle 20 years ago Saturday,...