Latest World Trade Organization News

South Korea-Japan trade fight moves to global dispute panel

Jul. 29, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — World Trade Organization members on Wednesday created a dispute panel to rule on a complaint by South Korea against Japan over restrictions on exports to Korea of products used in semiconductors, mobile phone displays and television displays. Tokyo said it was “deeply...

FILE - In this June 17, 2015 file photo, an Airbus A350 performs a demonstration flight at the Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget airport, north of Paris. European planemaker Airbus says it is taking the last step to end 16 years of litigation with the United States at the World Trade Organization. The manufacturer said it will end a system of financial support from France and Spain that the WTO had deemed illegal and unfair to rival Boeing. The Trump administration used the case as justification to slap tariffs on $7.5 billion worth of European exports. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Airbus moves to end 16 years of litigation, end US tariffs

Jul. 24, 2020 6:31 AM EDT

European planemaker Airbus says it is taking the last step to end 16 years of litigation with the United States at the World Trade Organization over subsidies. The manufacturer said it will end a system of financial support from France and Spain that the WTO had deemed illegal and unfair to rival Boeing. The...

Saudi, Briton join race for top WTO post ahead of deadline

Jul. 8, 2020 2:58 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — Britain and Saudi Arabia put forward late entries Wednesday for the contest to become the next director-general of the World Trade Organization, joining six others hoping to lead the Geneva-based trade body that has faced scorn and pressure from the Trump administration. The candidacies came...

U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer takes off his mask as he arrives at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on U.S. trade on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, June 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

US seeks lower tariffs overseas, fewer duty-free imports

Jun. 17, 2020 3:42 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration plans to carry on with its confrontational approach to world trade, pressuring other countries to lower their tariffs on U.S. products and perhaps making it harder for imports to enter the United States duty free. In testimony before Congress Wednesday, U.S. Trade...

Schalke's Weston McKennie gives an interview beside the pitch with distance to the camera after the German Bundesliga soccer match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 in Dortmund, Germany, Saturday, May 16, 2020. The German Bundesliga becomes the world's first major soccer league to resume after a two-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, Pool)

World Trade Organization: Saudis facilitated sports piracy

Jun. 16, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

Saudi Arabia facilitated sports broadcasting piracy by blocking moves to shut it down, the World Trade Organization said in a ruling Tuesday that throws new doubts on the kingdom's takeover of English Premier League club Newcastle. The WTO's findings is the latest salvo in a long-running dispute over the...

FILE - In this Nov. 30 1999, file photo, Seattle police use tear gas to push back World Trade Organization protesters in downtown Seattle. Seattle has a long history of demonstrations, stretching back to labor movements before World War I. (AP Photo/Eric Draper, File)

Seattle is a young city with a long history of protests

Jun. 14, 2020 6:54 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Large protests in Seattle over police brutality and racial injustice have again caught the nation’s eye, but big, unruly demonstrations have been part of the city since shortly after it was founded in 1851 by settlers in a log cabin on a lonely strip of land along the Puget Sound....