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German exports rise in May 2020 as lockdowns ease

Jul 09, 2020 - 10:45 PM

German exports climb 9% to 80.3 billion euros ($91 billion) in May 2020, a month after suffering their biggest plunge since records began

This aerial view shows containers at the harbour of Duisburg, western Germany, on May 8, 2020. (Photo by Ina FASSBENDER / AFP)

Canada trade deficit shrinks as exports rebound

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Exports jump 6.7% to $34.6 billion, as 8 of Canada's 11 export sectors bounce back in May 2020

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

U.S. trade deficit widens as virus hits exports

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:45 PM

United States exports are down 4.4% to $144.5 billion, while imports fall 0.9% to $199.1 billion in May 2020

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

German exports plunge in April 2020, trade surplus collapses

Jun 09, 2020 - 10:15 PM

Compared with a year earlier, German exports slump 31.1% in April 2020 – 'the biggest fall in a single month since foreign trade statistics began in 1950'

Shipping containers are pictured in a storage and repair center in the harbor of the northern German city of Hamburg on March 26, 2020. - German consumer confidence has hit its lowest level since the last global economic crisis, a key survey found on March 26, 2020, as Europe's top economy braces for the impact of COVID-19. (Photo by MORRIS MAC MATZEN / AFP)

China imports plunge, exports fall on virus hit to global growth

Jun 07, 2020 - 3:30 PM

With consumer demand muted and key overseas markets suffering downturns, Chinese imports drop to a 4-year low in May 2020

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by AFP

Pandemic shutdown of auto sector hits Canada trade hard

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Canada's total exports fall 29.7% in April 2020, while total imports are down 25.1% – described as 'unparalleled' declines

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Mexico's monthly trade deficit hits $3 billion due to virus

May 25, 2020 - 11:30 PM

Exports in Mexico fall by more than 40% in April 2020, while imports are down 30%

TO GO WITH AFP STORY BY LAURENT THOMET Containers of import and export trade at the Lazaro Cardenas port, one of the biggest of the country, in Michoacan state, Mexico on December 02, 2013. AFP PHOTO/OMAR TORRES (Photo by OMAR TORRES / AFP)

China trade growth 'unsustainable' if virus not controlled – minister

May 20, 2020 - 2:15 PM

To drive economic growth, China will 'rapidly activate domestic demand' to make up for weakness in the international markets

TRADE. This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020, shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. Photo by AFP

Philippines to remain world's top rice importer until 2021

May 13, 2020 - 8:15 PM

The Philippines is expected to import around 2.5 million MT of rice in 2020 and 3.3 million MT in 2021

German exports plunge in March 2020 on virus woes

May 08, 2020 - 5:55 PM

Germany posts an 11.8% drop in exports in March 2020, far steeper than a 5% forecast from analysts

TRADE. Container carrier vehicles are pictured at the container terminal Eurogate in the harbor of the northern German city of Hamburg on March 26, 2020. Photo by Morris Mac Matzen/AFP

China exports see surprise 3.5% jump in April, imports fall

May 07, 2020 - 4:25 PM

An analyst says China's exports of medical supplies provided a boost. But weakness may be ahead as key trading partners fall into recession.

THRIVING BUSINESS. Workers produce face masks for export at a factory in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province on March 26, 2020. Photo by AFP

U.S. trade deficit widens on record export drop

May 05, 2020 - 10:05 PM

United States exports post a record decline of 9.6% in March 2020

SAN PEDRO, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 07: Shipping containers, some marked 'China Shipping', are stacked at the Port of Los Angeles, the nation's busiest container port, on November 7, 2019 in San Pedro, California. Port officials said today October cargo volume was down 19 percent this year compared with October 2018 due to tariffs imposed in the U.S.-China trade war. The Port of Los Angeles along with neighboring Port of Long Beach are the United States' main gateways for trade with Asia. Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP

Canada trade deficit widens as oil, car exports fall

May 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Canada's exports fall 4.7% to Can$46.3 billion in March 2020, while imports decline 3.5% to Can$47.7 billion

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Japan trade surplus dives 99% in March as coronavirus hits exports

Apr 20, 2020 - 12:30 PM

Japan's exports to the United States, European Union, and China tumble in March 2020, leading to an 11.7% drop for the month

Containers are seen at the international cargo terminal at the port of Tokyo on March 18, 2020. - Japan's imports from China almost halved last month from a year earlier to log the steepest fall since 1986 as the new coronavirus outbreak disrupted trade, official data showed March 18. (Photo by Kazuhiro NOGI / AFP)

China foreign trade drops as pandemic drags outlook

Apr 14, 2020 - 6:20 PM

An analyst warns that 'the worst is still to come for China's export sector' as the coronavirus ravages its trading partners

This aerial photo taken on April 14, 2020 shows containers stacked at a port in Lianyungang in China's eastern Jiangsu province. - China's foreign trade fell again in March even as businesses returned to work after the coronavirus outbreak, with the global pandemic weighing on the manufacturing powerhouse's outlook. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

EU scraps import duties for medical equipment

Apr 03, 2020 - 10:50 PM

The European Union moves to make medical equipment more accessible as it battles the coronavirus pandemic

Medical workers wearing a face mask and overalls disinfect their gloves while performing drive-through swabbing tests for coronavirus on people arriving by car outside the polyclinic of Alessandria, Piedmont, on April 2, 2020 during the country's lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the COVID-19 infection, caused by the novel coronavirus. (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA / AFP)

China exports plunge on coronavirus epidemic

Mar 07, 2020 - 5:15 PM

China's exports from January to February 2020 fall 17.2% from a year ago, with the novel coronavirus hitting supply chains

TRADE WAR. This photo taken on June 24, 2019, shows containers at the Qingdao Port Foreign Trade Container Terminal in Qingdao, China. File photo by AFP

‘Magtahi ay di biro’: At stitching workshop, advocates tackle farmers’ struggles

Feb 13, 2020 - 8:55 PM

Workshop participants create a banner, which they will unfurl at a Valentine's Day demonstration calling for the repeal of the rice tariffication law

STITCH TO RESIST. Advocates learn blanket stitching while holding a discussion on the effects of the rice tariffication law during "Magtahi ay 'di Biro" workshop at the Studio Soup Zine Library, Cubao Expo on February 8. All photos from Makô

PH trade deficit ‘alarming,’ says BOI official

Dec 27, 2019 - 3:15 PM

BOI executive director Ma. Corazon Dichosa says trade deficit of the country for the past 5 years has averaged 76.54%

[ANALYSIS] Duterte’s ban on rice imports: Enough of these capricious policies

Nov 21, 2019 - 1:31 PM

Was rice tariffication a miscalculation by Duterte? Did he not anticipate that rice prices would plummet? Was he ill-advised by the economic team?

Duterte orders suspension of rice importation

Nov 20, 2019 - 12:56 AM

The President says he opted to stop the importation of rice as he could not stop rice tariffication, which was needed to 'erase corruption'

NEW ORDER. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte orders Agriculture Secretary William Dar to stop the importation of rice. Malacañang photo

Senate urges gov't not to pursue sugar liberalization

Nov 11, 2019 - 6:23 PM

'We do not want another industry to fall and falter because of the liberalizing imports of these products,' says Senate Majority Leader Juan Miguel Zubiri

OPPOSED. Senators are opposed to sugar liberalization. Shutterstock photo

Imports, exports down in September 2019

Nov 06, 2019 - 5:55 PM

An analyst says the pullback in September imports, despite the drop in exports, means that net trade will likely not weigh on overall growth momentum in the 3rd quarter of 2019


U.S. trade deficit takes biggest tumble in 8 months

Nov 06, 2019 - 4:20 PM

The United States trade gap falls 4.7% to $52.5 billion in September 2019

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

China imports, exports down in September 2019 as growth cools

Oct 14, 2019 - 4:10 PM

China's imports dive 8.5% while exports drop 3.2% in September 2019, amid its trade war with the United States

MANUFACTURING. Workers produce desks at a factory in Nantong in China's eastern Jiangsu province on September 4, 2019. Photo by AFP

Pangilinan urges 'careful study' of proposal to drop rice farming in 23 provinces

Oct 12, 2019 - 12:53 PM

'Puwede namang sabay at hindi isa lang ang pagpipilian,' says Senator Francis Pangilinan as the government mulls transitioning 23 provinces from rice farming to raising other crops

A farmer cultivate the ricefield using a hand tractor in preparation for planting rice. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

August 2019 trade figures point to Q3 GDP growth struggle

Oct 10, 2019 - 6:30 PM

The Philippines' total trade declines by 7% in August 2019 due to weaker exports and continued decline in imports

Philippine total trade declines by 1.3% in July 2019

Sep 10, 2019 - 8:25 PM

Exports slightly improve by 3.5%, while imports drop by -4.2% in July 2019


Rising U.S. exports shrink trade deficit; China imports fall

Sep 05, 2019 - 10:15 AM

The United States trade gap narrows by 2.7% to $54 billion in July 2019, the largest drop in 5 months

U.S. TRADE. Chinese shipping containers are stored beside a US flag after they were unloaded at the Port of Los Angeles in Long Beach, California, on May 14, 2019. File photo by Mark Ralston/AFP

Lacson: Philippines lost P82 billion in Chinese imports tax in 2017

Aug 29, 2019 - 5:20 PM

'May nakikinabang dito, Customs. So how about automation? Computerized na tayo pero there's no automation,' says the senator

BUDGET. Senator Panfilo Lacson at the briefing by the Development Budget Coordination Committee on the FY 2020 national expenditure program on August 29, 2019. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

[ANALYSIS] Dismal growth: Why is the PH economy losing its momentum?

Aug 15, 2019 - 1:19 PM

Economic managers need to be more forthright about the state of the Philippine economy and not paint a picture of it that is rosier than the data suggest

Jones dethrones Brownlee, tops McCullough for PBA Best Import plum

Aug 11, 2019 - 6:31 PM

Terrence Jones clinches the award after churning out monster numbers and towing TNT back to the finals for the first time in two years


Trade gap narrows in June 2019 as Philippines imports less steel

Aug 07, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Total imports decrease by 10.4%, led by iron and steel. Meanwhile, 7 out of 10 major export commodities grow.

Rice industry group wants tighter import regulations

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:45 PM

The Bureau of Customs denies allegations that shipments of rice are undervalued

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Brownlee, Jones toe-to-toe in Best Import race

Jul 27, 2019 - 2:47 PM

As fate would have it, Justin Brownlee and Terrence Jones also go head-to-head in the semifinals as Barangay Ginebra and TNT clash in the best-of-five series

BEAST IMPORTS. TNT's Terrence Jones and Ginebra's Justin Brownlee lead the pack. Photo from PBA Images


DTI urges South Korean firms to import more Philippine goods

Jul 16, 2019 - 4:00 PM

Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez hopes more Philippine agricultural products will be exported to South Korea following the buying mission of the Korea Importers Association

Trade deficit narrows in May 2019 as imports drop

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:50 PM

Due to the decrease in 6 of the top 10 imported goods and a slight increase in exports, the Philippines' trade deficit slightly narrows in May 2019

Indonesia to send 210 tons of waste back to Australia

Jul 09, 2019 - 2:36 PM

The 8 containers seized in Surabaya city should have contained only waste paper, but authorities also find hazardous material and household trash, including plastic bottles and packaging, used diapers, electronic waste and cans

TRASH IMPORTS. An Indonesian customs officer inspects containers filled with trash originating from Australia, which should have contained only waste paper, but authorities also found hazardous material and household trash, at a port in Surabaya on July 9, 2019. Photo by Juni Kriswanto/AFP

Drilon seeks ban on garbage importation

Jul 06, 2019 - 4:53 PM

Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon says the passage of his proposed bill will 'send a clear message to other countries that the Philippines is not a landfill'

DUMPED TRASH. Philippine environment officials open one of the container vans containing garbage shipped illegally from Canada. File photo courtesy of Ban Toxics

DA orders temporary ban on pork from Germany

Jul 04, 2019 - 11:03 AM

Philippine officials impose the temporary ban on pork and pork products from Germany after a shipment from that country was found mixed with pork from Poland, which has an African swine fever epidemic

Butchers carrying a newly slaughter pigs on their back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Philippines bans Laos pork imports due to African swine fever

Jun 27, 2019 - 6:05 PM

The Department of Agriculture's temporary import ban on pork goods from Laos will immediately take effect

FIGHT VS SWINE FEVER. Countries with hog industries are under threat of African swine fever. Image from Shutterstock

How to keep imported waste out of the Philippines

Jun 08, 2019 - 8:34 PM

The Philippines doesn't take in a lot of foreign waste compared to its neighbors, but it may become a dumping ground of smuggled garbage if the government doesn't act fast

With China and other Asian countries already imposing stricter regulations on importing waste, the Philippines will have to double its efforts in preventing more importation of hazardous waste in the future

Environmental groups step up pressure on gov't to ban waste imports

May 30, 2019 - 3:26 PM

The government is preparing a policy to ban all waste imports, including those meant for recycling. But this is not enough, says Greenpeace

Environmental groups were barred from entering the Subic Bay terminal hours before containers of Canada's waste are set to be shipped out after port authorities received an order from the DFA on Wednesday evening. Photo by Anna Mogato/Rappler

DENR eyes total ban on waste imports

May 24, 2019 - 8:00 PM

The government has had enough of misdeclared shipment carrying garbage entering the country's ports

Authorities at the Mindanao Container Terminal intercepted a container from Hong Kong carrying electronic waste. These were misdeclared as assorted electronix accessories. Photo from EcoWaste Coalition

Philippines eyes pork exports to China

May 02, 2019 - 12:30 PM

(UPDATED) Agiculture Secretary Manny Piñol discusses the possibility with Chinese Consul General Li Lin as China continues to deal with its African swine fever crisis

A butcher carrying a newly slaughter pig on his back for delivery at the Commonwealth Market in Quezon City on Monday, January 7, 2019. The Philippines has banned the entry of pork and pork-based products form China, Belgium, Hungary, Latvia, Poland, Romania, Russia and Ukraine, to prevent the spread of African swine fever in piggeries in the country, Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol announced. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Faster importation of rice seen under tariffication law

Apr 29, 2019 - 3:20 PM

The removal of the National Food Authority from the importation process is expected to cut the time needed to process import permits

Imported rice from Vietnam has arrived and are being unloaded and being readied for distribution at the NFA Warehouse in Quezon City. People have been lining up in NFA outlets waiting for supplies to sold at the markets. September 4, 2018. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Malacañang offers P10M for capture of Eduardo Acierto

Apr 29, 2019 - 1:05 PM

Because of this large bounty from the Palace, the Department of Justice is no longer offering its own reward money for Eduardo Acierto and will use its funds to find the ex-cop's protectors instead

Interview with Eduardo Acierto

Ex-cop Acierto ordered arrested by Manila court over shabu shipment

Apr 24, 2019 - 11:52 AM

The Manila Regional Trial Court issues arrest warrants against Acierto and 7 others

INCOGNITO. Eduardo Acierto surfaces after months of hiding. Photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler

Trump to end waivers on Iran oil imports – White House

Apr 22, 2019 - 9:23 PM

'This decision is intended to bring Iran's oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue,' the White House says in a statement

TRUMP AND IRAN. US President Donald Trump speaks during a roundtable meeting with conservative leaders at the White House on January 23, 2019. File photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP

DOJ indicts ex-cop Acierto over magnetic lifters shabu case

Apr 17, 2019 - 6:16 PM

Dismissed PDEA deputy chief Ismael Fajardo and resigned customs intel officer Jimmy Guban are also indicted for drug importation

INDICTED. Controversial ex-cop Eduardo Acierto is indicted for drug importation over intercepted magnetic lifters which were found to have contained shabu in 2018. File photo by Camille Elemia/Rappler