Frihandel i media vecka 2

Den här veckans medieklipp handlar om svenska företag i Japan, frihandeln i de tyska regeringsförhandlingarna och amerikanska bönder som gillar både Trump och NAFTA. 

2018-01-11

DI skriver om det svenska företaget Babybjörn hoppas på mer försäljning tack vare frihandelsavtalet mellan EU och Japan: 

”Babybjörn Japan har i dag en omsättning på 112 miljoner kronor och är därmed koncernens andra största marknad efter USA. Totalt uppgår koncernens omsättning till 631 miljoner kronor och Japan står därmed för 25 procent av den totala försäljningen.

I december stod det klart att EU, med Sveriges EU-kommissionär Cecilia Malmström (L) i spetsen, lyckats förhandla fram ett frihandelsavtal med Japan. Nu hoppas Babybjörn se sina försäljningssiffror öka ännu mer i världens femte största ekonomi.

”Japan är den absolut viktigaste marknaden i för oss i Asien. De står för 69 procent av den totala försäljningen i regionen. Störst effekt förväntar vi oss att det nya avtalet kommer att ha på köks- och badrumssortimentet där tullavgifterna i dag är dyrast”, säger Lars Wennerström.”

2018-01-11

Frihandeln är en stötesten i de tyska regeringförhandlingarna. De tyska socialdemokraterna upplever att de förlorat röster på sitt stöd för CETA, frihandelsavtalet med Kanada. Euractiv skriver att tonen fortfarande är frihandelsvänlig men att det sannolikt kommer att förändras:

”Trade deals TTIP and CETA are particularly controversial in Germany, where they have been met with fierce resistance. As negotiators continue to try and form a new government, the Socialists may come out on the losing side on trade policy. EURACTIV Germany reports.

TTIP primarily failed because of Donald Trump rather than the European protest movement organised against it. CETA, the agreement with Canada, was adopted at EU-level after a lot of back and forth and a range of amendments and modifications. Since then, the agreement has been applied on a provisional basis.

But although the controversy cooled down, the free trade debate is still on the table. TTIP could come back any time as there are contradicting signals coming from the US.

In Europe, CETA still has to be ratified in the member states in order to be rolled out fully. This will raise controversies. Beyond that, the EU is currently in the midst of negotiating a range of similar trade agreements with trade partners around the world, including Japan.

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The SPD has always had its difficulties with CETA, as it has always been unpopular with the party base.

A considerable number of voters walked out on the Social Democrats because the CETA agreement allegedly weakens workers’ rights instead of strengthening them and because the party leadership nevertheless forced it through at its party convent against all odds.

As things stand, the SPD could lose out once more. But the current consultation paper is just an intermediate result of the ongoing coalition negotiations.

It is likely that a revival of the grand coalition would not be a free trade-friendly government, which, given the many upcoming trade agreements, must be able to withstand one or two critical debates.”

2018-01-09

Bloomberg rapporterar om amerikanska bönder som både gillar frihandel och Donald Trump:

”They loved President Donald Trump at the American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, cheering during his speech and praising his policies. Well, most of them.

On trade, Trump still has farmers worried. The fat “I Support NAFTA” pins spotted on scores of lapels made that clear. While he didn’t repeat past threats to pull out of the free-trade pact with Canada and Mexico — two of the top three buyers of U.S. agriculture exports — he didn’t reassure his audience either. He just briefly touched on the deal, saying he was working to “make it fair for you people again” without saying how.

Attendees like Ray Allan Mackey, who farms grain, cattle, hogs and tobacco in Hardin County, Kentucky, had been hoping for a clear message that would, as he put it, “console our minds” as commodity prices remain depressed and the trade future looks so uncertain. Mackey was pleased Trump at least brought the matter up but disappointed not to hear “a convincing note” that the White House has farmers’ backs.

“These markets we’re looking at are flat, and if we don’t push exports they’re going to remain flat,” Mackey said. “We’re going to be looking at even a bigger surplus if we don’t push these products overseas. You clear that out and the face of American farmers will look a lot brighter.””


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