Archive for December, 2008

European Commission welcomes Switzerland to the Schengen area

As from today, land border controls between Switzerland and the 24 countries currently making up the Schengen area have been lifted. Switzerland is also joining the Dublin system, which establishes the criteria for determining which Member State is responsible for examining an application for asylum (Europa, Press Releases Rapid, December 12, 2008).

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December 12, 2008 at 6:53 pm

EU Extends GSP+ Duty-Free Access to 16 Developing Countries

The European Commission has granted additional duty-free access to the EU market to 16 developing countries for the period 2009-2011. In addition to the standard Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), these countries will receive additional preferences under GSP+, which is offered to vulnerable developing countries that have ratified and are effectively implementing international standards in the fields of human rights, core labor standards, sustainable development, and good governance (EU NewsBrief, Delegation of the European Commission to the United States, December 10, 2008).

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December 11, 2008 at 3:24 pm

Market Brief: Thailand

Market brief interview with Mr. Jim Golsen, Commercial Attaché to the United States Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand (

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December 11, 2008 at 2:48 pm

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Why Poland?

The United States and Poland enjoy a particularly close relationship which has fostered strategic and commercial cooperation. With close to 39 million people and a dynamic market economy, Poland offers substantial opportunities for U.S. business. Poland’s 2008 gross domestic product (GDP) is estimated at $420 billion. With multiple major cities, Poland is the largest market in Central and Eastern Europe.

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December 11, 2008 at 2:32 pm

Asia-Europe train to challenge to sea-air services

A weekly freight rail service linking China to Germany will most likely compete with sea-air service when it begins after the Chinese New Year in 2009.
The block train service, headed by DB Schenker in partnership with Chinese and Russian state-owned railways, cuts across five countries to provide and an alternative to ocean and air services between Asia and Europe. The service is expected to target cargo originating in China’s hinterland – in other words, points far from China’s many large seaport (E. Johnson, American Shipper Namaste, December 3, 2008). Read More

December 9, 2008 at 9:00 pm

More Currency Conflict ahead for U.S. and China

Maybe Hank Paulson, the Bush Administration’s Old China Hand and friend of Beijing, won’t get such a warm reception on his final trip to China as treasury secretary. Paulson is now on his way to Beijing for two days of meetings grandly called the “Strategic Economic Dialogue.” In a preview, he yesterday gave a speech calling for China to allow its currency, the yuan (also known as the renminbi, or just RMB), to appreciate more against the dollar. “Continued reform of China’s exchange rate policies is an integral part of this broader reform process,” Reuters reported Paulson saying. “China has appreciated the RMB over 20 percent against the dollar since 2005 — this is important and significant, but it is important that the process continue.” B. Einhorn, December 03, 2008, BusinessWeek Asia

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December 9, 2008 at 6:43 pm

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