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  Tax, tariff and trade - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The tax, tariff and trade laws of a political region, state or trade bloc determine which forms of consumption and production tend to be encouraged or discouraged.
Critics of these movements and defenders of free trade and global investment liberalization respond that the older ideas of independent trade policy, investment policy and industrial policy assumed that a higher degree of control by governments over business was possible.
Critics of this process, notably in the safe trade, fair trade, and anti-globalization movements, argue that this is itself a race to the bottom, in standards and regulations.
www.wikipedia.org /wiki/Tax,_tariff_and_trade   (588 words)

 Info and facts on 'Trade pact'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
A trade pact is a wide ranging tax, tariff and trade (additional info and facts about tax, tariff and trade) pact that usually also includes investment (Outer layer or covering of an organ or part or organism) guarantees.
It is necessarily a very politically contentious agreement, as it affects many prior economic customs and status relations and increases trade bloc (additional info and facts about trade bloc) interdependence.
Green Parties (additional info and facts about Green Parties), seek fair trade (additional info and facts about fair trade) or safe trade (additional info and facts about safe trade) provisions that moderate what they see as ill effects of globalization (Growth to a global or worldwide scale).
www.absoluteastronomy.com /encyclopedia/t/tr/trade_pact.htm   (198 words)

 Encyclopedia: Trade pact   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Safe trade is a concept advocated by Greenpeace, some indigenous peoples (particularly those who feel threatened by the imposition of a monoculture) and by some elements of the anti-globalization movement.
Trade and Investment Framework Agreements (TIFAs) establish a framework for expanding trade and resolving outstanding disputes between countries.
A free trade area is a designate group of countries that have agreed to eliminate tariffs, quotas and preferences on most goods between them.
www.nationmaster.com /encyclopedia/Trade-pact   (837 words)

 FTAA: A prison for Latin America?   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
THE Free Trade Area of the Americas (FTAA) would be an extension of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) to the rest of the countries of the Western Hemisphere, with the exception of Cuba.
A free trade area that consecrates the equality of conditions for competition between such unequal economies would be a dive into the void.
As a result, the mandate to liberalise the trade in services could mean limiting government authority in those countries that sign the free trade treaty covering this area.
www.twnside.org.sg /title/twr129b.htm   (2008 words)

 It takes a global village / Free trade is racing ahead, but it's becoming a political weapon
The issue of free trade is drawing withering fire in this year's election season, but candidates who blame U.S. job losses on the nation's trade pacts are oversimplifying the complexities of globalization, which goes forward with or without formal agreements.
Edwards, the son of a South Carolina mill worker, is using his opposition to free trade to differentiate himself from President Bush, who is proposing more trade pacts, and Democratic front-runner John Kerry, who voted for NAFTA but denounced U.S. corporate executives who locate businesses abroad as Benedict Arnolds.
Now that trade has become nearly synonymous with job loss in American campaign rhetoric, Australian officials are careful to say that Americans jobs are not flowing into the land Down Under, with or without a trade pact.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2004/02/26/BUGC258B8J1.DTL   (1081 words)

 CNN.com - Vietnam approves U.S. trade pact - November 28, 2001
The pact was approved 278-85 by the National Assembly with 17 abstentions on Wednesday.
The consequences of the trade pact are far-reaching for Vietnam.
First, it pact requires that trade barriers be lowered, state industries compete with foreign companies, and copyright and investment guarantees be raised to international levels.
europe.cnn.com /2001/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/11/28/vietnam.trade/index.html   (519 words)

 Japan, S'pore ink first free trade pact- The Economic Times   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
singapore:the leaders of japan and singapore today signed a free trade pact — the first of its kind for japan — during a visit to the wealthy southeast asian city-state by japanese prime minister junichiro koizumi.
in 2000 japan was singapore's third biggest trading partner, after malaysia and the united states, with total trade worth some $31.42 billion, according to singapore's ministry of trade and industry.
the prime minister has said throughout his tour that his vision of a free trade framework will not be built overnight, and unlike china, japan has not set a time frame for concluding the free trade zone with asean.
economictimes.indiatimes.com /articleshow.asp?art_id%3D1677194826   (560 words)

 Senate closes debate on fast-track trade / More hurdles in front of bill to increase president's power on global ...
Trade is especially important to California, which is the nation's largest trading state, with $106.8 billion worth of exported goods in 2001 -- 15 percent of all U.S. exports.
Bush has made trade a high-profile priority of his administration, making his first foreign trip last year to Latin America to push for an expansion of the North American Free Trade Agreement to all of Latin America.
The administration often notes that the lack of fast-track authority is crippling U.S. attempts to draft new trade agreements, saying of 150 trade pacts in effect worldwide, the U.S. is party to just three.
sfgate.com /cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2002/05/23/MN21251.DTL   (839 words)

 [Ip-health] Australia: Labor warns it may block trade deal   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Trade experts expect Labor ultimately to endorse the pact, but Opposition trade spokesman Stephen Conroy said the party was still uncommitted, with concerns about costs to the PBS, quarantine laws and the film, TV and internet industries.
The trade deal could face another barrier after a spokeswoman for US Democrat presidential candidate John Kerry said he had yet to decide whether he would support it.
A group of experts on pharmaceutical policy, including two former members of the Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee, warned yesterday that changes to appease US drug companies could lift the cost of the scheme to taxpayers by 30 per cent, or $1.5 billion a year.
lists.essential.org /pipermail/ip-health/2004-May/006437.html   (399 words)

 Family Farmers From Mid-Missouri And Mexico Hold Fair Trade Picnic And Roundtable - Rural America / In Motion Magazine
As a result of corporate-managed “free trade” agreements such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and failed U.S. farm policy, both Missouri and Mexican farmers are experiencing low grain and livestock prices, increasing corporate concentration and declining rural economies.
NAFTA and free trade are a silent war on farmers and rural communities in Mexico and in the United States.”
As a result of U.S. farm and trade policy, the average price of the 8 largest U.S. crops from 1999-2001 was 20% below the average price for the 1985-1995 period.
www.inmotionmagazine.com /ra03/picnic.html   (1259 words)

 Pact   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
This is the last Pact magazine of 2005 and the last issue of the 'old look' magazine.
For 2006, we are creating a more stylish, contemporary and interactive Pact magazine, which we hope—as Pact members—you will feel you have a stake in.
We also bring you the Pact Year In Review, from which you will see the Pact executive and Council have worked tirelessly throughout the year to bring you the services you require and won you the policy decisions you need.
www.pact.co.uk   (393 words)

 Caribbean Net News: Belize Guatemala trade pact talks extended
The top Belizean trade official revealed that considerable progress had been made on the “bulk of substantive issues under negotiation,” in particular talks have been concluded for an Investment Chapter (of great interest to both sides), which met with broad agreement.
In addition to opening up trade in a limited number of goods, the expectation is the trade pact would also provide an investment promotion and protection framework, that advances clear and transparent rules providing for a stable environment for investments.
Negotiations for the trade accord were officially launched in November 2004, following the adoption of a General Framework Document outlining the scope and negotiating process for the PSA, by Belizean and Guatemalan Trade Ministers.
www.caribbeannetnews.com /2005/06/04/trade.shtml   (785 words)

 SACU, Singapore exploring trade pact
It has sealed six free-trade pacts so far and is in talks with 14 other nations.
Northern neighbour Malaysia was Singapore's top trading partner in 2004, with S$88,3 billion worth of trade flowing between the two states.
Trade between Singapore and South Africa was worth US$1,4 billion (N$8,4 million) in 2004 mostly in the logistics, light manufacturing and services sectors.
www.namibian.com.na /2005/April/marketplace/05AB1B189D.html   (377 words)

 Chinese, Southeast Asians OK trade pact | The San Diego Union-Tribune
China's concerns about securing vital sea lanes and feeding its booming economy's ravenous appetite for oil and raw materials were seen as key motivations for the trade pact with the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations at the group's annual summit in Laos.
On the sidelines, South Korea and Singapore concluded negotiations on a two-way free trade agreement.
This year, Australia and New Zealand received a one-time invitation to boost trade ties – their first appearance at the summit in more than a quarter-century – but Australia resisted ASEAN's calls to sign the group's nonaggression pact.
www.signonsandiego.com /uniontrib/20041130/news_1b30trade.html   (615 words)

 business.iafrica.com | business news Bush, Mbeki to discuss Sacu trade deal
Deadlocks on trade liberalisation ahead of the September meeting of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) were also likely to come up, Erwin told reporters in Pretoria.
The WTO launched trade liberalisation talks with a three-year deadline at its conference in Doha, Qatar, in November 2001.
The rand marked time in quiet Monday trade with players reluctant to convincingly push the currency to either side of the 7.50/dollar level in the absence of fresh economic data, analysts said.
business.iafrica.com /news/251598.htm   (605 words)

 USATODAY.com - Bush signs free trade pact   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Joining Bush at the signing ceremony were congressional sponsors of the pact and committee leaders and diplomats from the countries that are part of the pact.
Bush, in his final push for passage last week, also emphasized that CAFTA was in the national security interests of the United States because the economic partnership would reinforce democratic governments in an area that until recently was torn by civil war and political turmoil.
Dozens of Republicans either agreed that free trade deals endangered U.S. jobs or felt that CAFTA was a threat to the sugar or textile industries in their districts.
www.usatoday.com /news/washington/2005-08-02-cafta_x.htm   (881 words)

 Barriers go in historic trade pact - National - www.theage.com.au
The Australian and US governments yesterday finally shook hands on a free trade agreement that will remove most trade barriers between the two economies, with the glaring exception of the US farm sector.
US trade representative Robert Zoellick said it was a great deal for both US and Australian manufacturers.
Trade Minister Mark Vaile, who negotiated around the clock for a fortnight with Mr Zoellick to wrap up the deal, said he was disappointed that the agreement excluded sugar, but the final deal was "overwhelmingly in the Australian interest".
www.theage.com.au /articles/2004/02/09/1076175102043.html   (776 words)

 ASEAN-China trade better than expected
Trade volume between China and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is likely to reach US$100 billion by the end of the year, Vice-Premier Wu Yi said Wednesday.
China's trade with its Southeast neighbours has prospered since 1990, enjoying a 20 per cent annual average rise, said Wu.
Last year's volume was US$78.2 billion and ASEAN has become China's fifth largest trading partner for 11 consecutive years, she told the summit.
www.chinadaily.com.cn /english/doc/2004-11/04/content_388292.htm   (683 words)

For trade in industrial goods, the US is seeking to remove tariffs and other duties, including elimination of non-tariff barriers.
SACU's approach on this matter has been divergent of US objectives, as the regional grouping prefers a 'positive list' approach to services liberation, where market access commitments apply only to scheduled commitments, as opposed to the 'negative list' preferred by the Americans, who are not ruling out applying market access commitments across all sectors.
SACU is also negotiating agreements with the European Free Trade Association, the Latin American trade bloc Mercosur, India and China.
www.ictsd.org /weekly/04-03-03/story3.htm   (733 words)

 The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Central American trade stressed as issue in NW
With multilateral deals under the World Trade Organization stalled, a failure by Congress to ratify CAFTA could be seen as a bad sign for the U.S. strategy of pursuing regional pacts.
Yesterday's visit, sponsored by the Washington Council on International Trade, was part of a multi-city tour by the ambassadors of El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Nicaragua and the Dominican Republic to stir support ahead of a U.S. vote expected this year.
The officials also were keenly aware of the costs of not signing a deal, which would leave their nations outside the circle of countries that enjoy the lower tariffs and easier trade that such agreements allow.
seattletimes.nwsource.com /html/businesstechnology/2002189694_cafta25.html   (523 words)

 Environment News Service ENS Latest Environmental Information Education Current Issues RSS
Australia is a major trade and investment partner for the United States, with two way annual goods and services trade of approximately $28 billion and two-way foreign direct investment of $60 billion.
First proposed in 1992, the AUSFTA is the first free trade agreement between the United States and a developed country since the U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement in 1988.
Australia is a major trade and investment partner of the United States, and in 2002 was America's 13th largest export market for goods, and the 9th largest if the European Union countries are considered as one destination.
www.ens-newswire.com /ens/feb2004/2004-02-11-01.asp   (1607 words)

 Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune - Union official fears trade deal will hurt jobs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
"Foreign trade is fine, but we have to start protecting our own shorelines, and that means putting import taxes so their pricing is matching ours," said Myron Saeger, president of Local 95 of the Office and Professional Employees International Union, which represents workers in central Wisconsin.
Globalization and trade agreements concern Saeger, who is particularly worried about the normalization of trade with China.
The paper industry, Saeger said, is among one of the industries that suffer from the effects of free trade.
www.wisinfo.com /dailytribune/wrdtlocal/309328670309164.shtml   (582 words)

 Stop Fast Track - Responsible Trade - Sierra Club
Across the country, citizens are mobilizing to take trade off the "fast track" and move it onto a "right track" that protects our environment and working families.
The MTBE case is just the latest in a growing string of trade challenges to environmental, health and safety protection.
Whereas, said trade agreements appear to conflict with and could invalidate already existing as well as future state laws relating to economic development in urban and rural communities, agriculture and food safety, taxation, land use control, natural resource conservation, access to courts, labor and human rights, business licenses, competition policy, and consumer protection; and
www.sierraclub.org /trade/fasttrack   (1973 words)

 U.S., Brazil said to narrow rift over trade pact - The Washington Times: Business - February 25, 2005   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
The Bush administration yesterday said it had narrowed differences with Brazil as the two sides try to forge a Free Trade Area of the Americas agreement, the first sign of progress on negotiations in more than a year.
Acting U.S. Trade Representative Peter Allgeier and Brazilian diplomat Adhemar Bahadian, who are co-chairmen of the FTAA negotiations, met Tuesday and Wednesday in Washington to try and restart talks.
Formal trade talks among all nations last took place in February 2004 and several U.S.-Brazil meetings last year ended in stalemate.
washingtontimes.com /business/20050224-102137-4336r.htm   (454 words)

 US-Brazilian pact breathes new life into trade - for now | csmonitor.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Robert Zoellick, the US trade representative, said he will begin bilateral negotiations with Colombia and Bolivia next year and Peru and Ecuador soon after.
The losers under the new plan would be Canada, Chile, and Mexico, countries that already have trade pacts with the US, Shaiken and other analysts say.
Those nations, who say the text of the new agreement is too vague, want a broader agreement to augment the trade deals already in place and are fighting for a more inclusive and specific pact.
www.csmonitor.com /2003/1121/p07s01-woam.html   (880 words)

 Immigrants Enlisted for Trade Pact (washingtonpost.com)
The agreement is opposed by labor unions, concerned about labor practices and low wages in Central America, and the U.S. sugar industry, because the deal would increase the amount of sugar that could be imported to the United States.
The groups object to the trade pact because they say it would put Central American businesses and farmers at a competitive disadvantage.
The attendees said they support the trade pact because they think it would give Central American products greater access to U.S. markets, enabling them to do more business with their home countries.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A32802-2005Apr6.html   (646 words)

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