US president Donald Trump enters the White House. Photograph: Yuri Gripas/Reuters

President Donald Trump slapped tariffs on imported solar panels and washing machines, angering trade partners as he took his first major protectionist(...)

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year. Photograph: iStock

Trade talks between the European Union and South America’s Mercosur bloc will likely extend into next year after European negotiators said they needed(...)

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (C) at a meeting earlier this year wit h European Council President Donald Tusk (L) and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker

The European Union and Japan concluded negotiations on a free trade deal to create the world’s largest open economic area, signalling their rejection(...)

British farmers shelter behind EU tariffs that can rise to more than 50 per cent for beef and lamb. File photograph: Getty Images

Some in the UK argue that the UK can leave the border open after Brexit, charging no tariffs and making no inspections, and dare the European Union to(...)

Britain’s chief Brexit negotiator David Davis (left) and EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier in Brussels on November 10th, 2017. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said the Republic needs to be prepared for a situation where the British government is unable to negotiate a deal to quit the E(...)

British exporters are unprepared for leaving the European Union according to a YouGov survey. (Photograph: iStock)

British exporters are unprepared for leaving the European Union, according to a survey published Friday. Almost half have yet to review their strateg(...)

Jeremy Corbyn, leader of Britain’s opposition Labour Party,  canvasses in the party’s general election campaign  in Leeds. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

The Conservatives have accused Jeremy Corbyn of “chaotic incoherence” over Brexit after he first said the issue had been settled - but later refused s(...)

US secretary of commerce Wilbur Ross: ”We are far less protectionist than Europe. We are far less protectionist than Japan. We are far less protectionist than China.”  Photograph:  AFP Photo

How are trade partners to respond when US policymakers talk nonsense? That is the situation in which Europeans, Japanese and South Koreans now find th(...)

WTO  director general Roberto Azevedo. “The poor performance over the year was largely due to a significant slowdown in emerging markets where imports basically stagnated last year”

World trade is on track to expand 2.4 per cent this year, though there is “deep uncertainty” about economic and policy developments, particularly in t(...)

US president Donald Trump and China’s president Xi Jinping shake hands: “Goodwill and friendship was formed. But only time will tell on trade,” said Mr Trump. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

China will offer the Trump administration better market access for financial sector investments and US beef exports to help avert a trade war, accordi(...)

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