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World trade returns to law of the jungle
“One EU official expressed hope that the backsliding towards GATT could still be averted by negotiating a reform with the United States, or that the U.S. would soon realize its mistake and resuscitate the court. But other officials said it was clear that the coming years would be shaped by a return to GATT reality.”

EU expands WTO case against Chinese technology transfers
“The EU’s new complaint focuses on Chinese laws that regulate the approval of investments for electric vehicles and biotechnology and the approval of joint ventures across sectors.”

Indonesia, EFTA sign free trade deal
“Indonesian palm oil would get full market access in Iceland and Norway, with an exception of palm products for animal feed other than for fish, according to Jakarta’s statement. Switzerland would also grant easier access for palm oil, but under certain quotas, its embassy in Jakarta said in a statement.”

2018 update of EU control list of dual-use items
[European Commission]

Middle East

Turkey wins WTO case against U.S. tariffs 
“The U.S. had already imposed 10 percent and 25 percent additional tariffs on aluminum and steel imports respectively from all countries on March 23. However, in August, U.S. President Donald Trump decided to double tariffs on aluminum and steel imports from Turkey to 20 percent and 50 percent, respectively.”
[Hurriyet Daily News]

Shipping and logistics provider to set up operations at Khalifa Industrial Zone 
“The new GAC Abu Dhabi facility, expected to be fully operational by January next year, will serve a wide range of sectors including oil and gas, manufacturing, construction, FMCG, household effects, and specialist equipment.”


EAC states pledge to ease trade
“Meeting in Nairobi under the first United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Africa e-Commerce Week, representatives from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda — who are members of the East African Community Customs Union and common market — said they would implement trade facilitation reforms.”
[The East African]

African Union members asked to expedite signing and ratification continental FTA
[Daily Monitor]