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Peter Ungphakorn

Peter Ungphakorn is a trade policy expert who writes for IEG Policy on agricultural trade relations between the EU and third countries, and on trade issues related to Brexit. Peter was formerly an information officer at the WTO in Geneva.

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Without China, the EU, Japan and US will struggle to get their subsidies proposal off the ground

The three major members of the World Trade Organization who called on Tuesday (January 14) for an overhaul of the WTO subsidies rules, face a near-impossible task to get their proposed amendments adopted.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Would proposed UK tariffs on ‘substandard’ food be challenged in the WTO?

Environment Secretary Theresa Villiers’ suggestion that the UK could charge higher than normal tariffs on imports that fail to meet British standards could run foul of World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

European Agricultural Policy European Food Law

Is the UK’s 'no-tariff' plan for the Irish border incompatible with WTO rules?

The UK’s intention to simply refrain from collecting import duties on goods entering Northern Ireland across the Irish border, as announced earlier today (March 13), has sparked some lengthy debate among trade lawyers about whether, and if so how, this might violate World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

Brexit Trade Disputes

UK trade minister defends tariff-quota stance, talks due to start a week before Brexit

Britain’s proposal for taking up a share of the EU’s tariff quotas is designed to ensure other countries continue with the same access to the UK’s market, prevent surges in imports and maintain a suitable balance, UK International Trade Secretary Liam Fox insisted yesterday (March 7).

Trade Disputes Brexit

US, EU and China at ‘epicentre’ of unusually undiplomatic exchanges in WTO meeting

World Trade Organization (WTO) members were unusually “frank and robust” in their comments and replies in a two-day meeting on US trade policy, a senior WTO official confirmed on December 19, as published statements and accounts from other sources described harsh exchanges between the US, EU and China.

EU United States

New services drafts edge the UK towards establishing its post-Brexit WTO position

Almost unnoticed, the United Kingdom has circulated draft commitments on services in the World Trade Organization (WTO), as it moves slowly towards becoming a fully independent WTO member outside the European Union.

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