*Beijing is 3rd mainland gold import point, after Shenzhen& Shanghai. *China's gold imports from Hong Kong surged to $53 bln in 2013.» Read More
WASHINGTON, April 18- Next week's meeting between U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is a good opportunity to give impetus to trade negotiations but will not seal a deal, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.
WASHINGTON, April 18- Mexican sugar imports are no threat to the profitable, "well-heeled" and protected U.S. sugar industry, Mexican producers said on Friday, rebuffing accusations that super-cheap imported sugar risks nearly $1 billion damage to the local industry.
Talks between the U.S. and Japan are making progress and will resume again on Monday, Japan's economy minister said.
WASHINGTON, April 18- U.S. and Japanese trade negotiators have been unable to reach a deal to open Japan's markets more widely to imports ahead of President Barack Obama's visit to Japan, a senior U.S. administration official said on Friday.
U.S., JAPAN HAVE NARROWED TRANS-PACIFIC TRADE NEGOTIATIONS TO A RELATIVELY LIMITED SET OF ISSUES BUT CONSIDERABLE DIFFERENCES REMAIN, SENIOR U.S.
U.S.-Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said.
*U.S. willing to let Japan keep some farm tariffs- Japan media. WASHINGTON/ TOKYO, April 18- U.S.- Japan talks aimed at a trade deal seen as vital to a broader regional pact are in stalemate, Japan's economy minister said, as negotiators struggle to narrow gaps ahead of a summit between the countries' leaders.
Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.
TOKYO/ SINGAPORE, April 17- Iran's crude oil exports fell for the first time in five months in March, and are slated to drop further in April, moving closer to the levels stipulated by November's temporary nuclear deal that eased some sanctions on Tehran.
BEIJING, April 17- China said on Thursday it would appeal against a World Trade Organization ruling that found it violated global trade rules with its export limits on rare earth minerals used in defence and technology products. China lost a WTO dispute in March, handing Europe and the United States a victory over what they see as China's unfair trade practices.
*India's 2013/ 14 Iran imports at 222,000 bpd, down 16.5 pct- trade. The Geneva agreement struck between Iran and six world powers in November and implemented for six months from Jan. 20 eased some restriction on Tehran's oil trade in exchange for curbs to its nuclear programme.
NEW DELHI, April 17- India's oil imports from Iran more than doubled in March from a year ago to about 387,000 barrels per day. Iranian shipments in the first quarter of this year rose about 43 percent from the same period in 2013, according to tanker arrival data obtained from trade sources and compiled by Thomson Reuters Oil Analytics. For a full story, see:.
TOKYO, April 17- Japan's Nikkei share average was flat in choppy trade on Thursday morning as profit-taking from the previous day's big gains offset strength in U.S. shares which rose on confidence that the Federal Reserve will keep the interest rates low.
But for all the anxiety about Ukraine's future— bolstered by Vladimir Putin's contention the country is on the verge of civil war— the top diplomats of Ukraine, Russia, the United States and the European Union may find their positions so far apart that no one can find a compromise.
MOSCOW, April 16- Russia is looking at the possibility of filing a lawsuit against the United States in the World Trade Organisation over sanctions hitting Russian banks, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Wednesday, according to Russian news agencies.
Raymond Yeung, senior economist for Greater China at ANZ, says that all recent data seem to indicate that an earlier-than-expected rebound is underway in China.
*China Q1 GDP growth slows to 7.4 percent. *Ukraine sends troops east to fight separatist militia. SINGAPORE, April 16- Brent crude edged towards $109 a barrel on Wednesday, coming off a six-week high as mixed Chinese data and a gradual resumption of Libyan oil exports offset support from the Ukraine crisis.
BRUSSELS, April 15- The euro zone's trade surplus widened in February from a year earlier on rising exports with imports unchanged, the European Union's statistics office Eurostat said on Tuesday.
The outlook for world trade in 2014 and 2015 is "brighter, but not as bright" as the WTO would have hoped, says, Roberto Azevedo, WTO director general.
LONDON, April 14- Nickel's bull run over the past couple of weeks has made it the star performer among the base metals pack traded on the London Metal Exchange. The fortunes of both are inextricably linked to Indonesia's minerals export policy. The ban on exports of nickel ore to China's vast nickel pig iron sector underlies that market's bull charge.