21 results about FINANCIAL TIMES


Nafta withdrawal would hit US GDP without helping trade deficit

January 15, 2018

Oxford Economics, a consultancy, reckons no NAFTA deal would wife half a percentage point off US GDP growth in 2019 if the US president pulls the trigger to exist the free trade accord next year.&n... READ MORE


UK looks to join Pacific trade group after Brexit

January 2, 2018

Britain has held informal talks about joining a flagship Pacific trade group, in an audacious bid to kick-start exports after Brexit.



EU prepares Canada-style Brexit deal for UK

December 21, 2017

The EU is preparing to present Britain with a Canada-style trade deal by early summer if the UK is unable to clarify its demands.



Africa’s CFTA trade accord holds promise in spite of barriers

December 20, 2017

Africa is proving to be one of the arenas for moving regional trade negotiations forward. 



Long live the TPP — Pacific trade pact survives largely intact

November 13, 2017

Despite US withdrawal, the remaining 11 nations agreed to retain much of the original text



Why the Boeing-Bombardier fight is neither about Trump nor Brexit

October 2, 2017

In the wake of last week’s move by the US Commerce Department to side with Boeing and order preliminary tariffs that would more than triple the price of Bombardier passenger jets importe... READ MORE


Three reasons Donald Trump is struggling to deliver his trade agenda

September 11, 2017

A theme that emerged in Washington this summer was Donald Trump’s growing frustration with his stalled trade agenda. And with good reason. One of the president’s biggest economic campaign promises was... READ MORE


Asia’s dynamism at risk in US and China’s competing visions for global trade

May 3, 2017

Donald Trump, US president, asserts that “protection will lead to great prosperity and strength”. In contrast, President Xi Jinping of China insists that “we must promote trade and investment, liberal... READ MORE


Trump threatens to tear up the trade rule book

February 27, 2017

The framework of rules for global trade has withstood some fearsome ructions over the past few years. The rise of China, which aroused resentment about job losses across the world; the global financia... READ MORE


National parliaments should ratify EU trade deals, says ECJ judge

December 21, 2016

A top judge in the European courts has said that national parliaments should ratify key aspects of future EU trade deals, throwing a potential spanner into the workings of Britain’s post-Brexit relati... READ MORE


Brussels ‘close’ to free-trade deal with Japan

December 5, 2016

Brussels is “very close” to a free-trade deal with Japan as negotiators seek to ease anxiety in Tokyo that an agreement could run into the same kind of political trouble that nearly took down the EU-C... READ MORE


Africa looks to boost growth and jobs with free-trade area

December 1, 2016

Six years ago it took almost three weeks for a shipping container to travel the 1,100km from the Kenyan port of Mombasa to Kampala, the Ugandan capital. While poor infrastructure did not help, the del... READ MORE


Globalisation by stealth: the quiet success of EU-Japan trade talks

November 29, 2016

Much horror and perturbation among the Asia-Pacific countries meeting earlier this month in Lima at Donald Trump’s threat to pull out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the proposed regional trade agre... READ MORE


Brexit Briefing: The pitfalls of a trade pivot to Asia

October 11, 2016

According to Liam Fox, Britain’s international trade secretary, modern businesses compete in a “post-geography trading world”. The UK’s proximity to continental Europe confers illusory advantages. In... READ MORE


British trade can flourish without the shackles of Brussels

June 27, 2016

The immediate reaction of financial markets to Britain’s decision to leave the EU has been telling. Sterling has fallen sharply but gilt yields have rallied and the FTSE 100 has been one of the better... READ MORE


Free trade will not have an ally in the White House next year

June 26, 2016

When Donald Trump rode down his golden escalator and announced his run for the US presidency last summer, few may have recognised the official end of the era of free-trade politics. Mr Trump has made... READ MORE


Alternative EU trade models not in your interest, UK warned

June 15, 2016

Business lobby groups from several of the countries that could provide a model for a post-Brexit UK have spoken out to advise the British to remain in the EU. In April, Michael Gove, the leading Euros... READ MORE


IT tariffs slashed in biggest WTO deal since 1996

December 16, 2015

More than 50 members of the World Trade Organisation on Wednesday concluded the biggest tariff-reduction deal in almost two decades, eliminating restrictions on the $1.3tn trade of 201 IT products. Th... READ MORE


The WTO’s Nairobi meetings: time to stop the rot

December 16, 2015

The World Trade Organization’s Tenth Ministerial Conference gets under way today in Nairobi – the first time the meetings have been held in Africa. Fourteen years ago, the WTO launched its Doha Round... READ MORE


Hopes fade for Doha trade talks deal as WTO convenes in Kenya

December 15, 2015

Hopes of a breakthrough in the stalled Doha trade negotiations at World Trade Organisation gathering this week have faded after the conference chairwoman rejected calls for a new approach. Diplomats s... READ MORE


We are at the end of the line on the Doha Round of trade talks

December 13, 2015

This week trade ministers will gather to engage once again in the Doha Round of talks which, for all the initial hopes it represented, simply has not delivered. If global trade is to drive development... READ MORE