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Japan removes South Korea from trade “white list”

Japan’s cabinet on Friday approved a plan to remove South Korea from a “white list” of trusted trading partners, escalating the already damaged diplomatic relations between the two states in regard to wartime reparations. In response, South Korean government also revealed plans to remove Japan from its own white list.

Trade tensions negatively affect trade volumes

Economic growth around the world is decreasing, and various governments, including Germany, China and South Korea, have announced stimulus packages to boost their economies. In fact, the International Monetary Fund expects global GDP growth to slow from 3.6% in 2018 to 3.3% in 2019, before returning to 3.6% in 2020.

International symposium mulls WTO reform for sustainable economy

The world trading system should be continuously re-examined with regard to reforming the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the governance of data flows, given the escalation of trade restrictive measures and the impact on businesses, said Mr Akahoshi, President of JETRO. 

EU-Japan trade agreement enters into force

As of 1 February, the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) between the EU and Japan has entered into force, marking the largest open trade zone in the world. The EPA removes the vast majority of the €1 billion of duties paid annually by EU companies exporting to Japan. 

India overtakes Japan as second largest steel producer

The January to November crude steel production statistics released by the World Steel Association indicate India as the second largest steel producer in the world, overtaking Japan for the second month in a row, with a growth rate of 4.9%.

NYK to form joint holding company with MLC in December

Japanese NYK announced a schedule update regarding its plans to form a joint holding company to integrate the management of the four NYK Group terminal operation companies in Japan, through a new joint holding company that will be established by NYK and Mitsubishi Logistics Corporation (MLC), as announced in August 2018. 

EU supports Japanese complaint against S. Korean shipbuilding industry

The European Union wants to take part in a complaint that Japan filed against the South Korean shipbuilding industry, according to the World Trading Organization (WTO). Namely, Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with South Korea concerning alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry.

Japan files WTO complaint against South Korean support for shipbuilders

Japan has requested WTO dispute consultations with South Korea concerning alleged subsidies provided by the Korean government to its shipbuilding industry. Japan claims that the challenged measures, which include funds, loans, guarantees, insurance and other financing, are inconsistent with WTO’s SCM Agreement and the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) 1994.

VesselsValue: 44% of 2018 ship orderbook not delivered yet

A total of 1,966 vessels have deliveries dates scheduled for 2018, but only 1,100 have hit the water so far this year, meaning 44% of the ’18 orderbook is outstanding, according to VesselsValue. Ship deliveries typically slow down towards the end of the year, as a vessel is considered a whole year younger if shipowners wait a few weeks, allowing the delivery to slip into the new year.

EU, Japan sign trade agreement

At the EU-Japan summit in Tokyo, on July 17, the two parties signed the EU-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement. The trade agreement between two of the world’s largest economies includes provisions that promise a free trade, something that ECSA welcomed in a statement.

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