New Research Shows Costs of U.S. Trade Restrictions on Indonesian Exports

World renowned economist finds U.S. trade protections on coated paper products will cost Indonesian companies part of their U.S. market share and raise prices for U.S. consumers

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the pro-development NGO, World Growth, released a new study by Dr. Robert Shapiro, former Undersecretary of Commerce during the Clinton Administration and chairman of the economic advisory firm Sonecon, which concludes that trade restrictions imposed recently by the U.S. on certain coated paper products imported from Indonesia and China would have adverse effects on U.S. consumers. The analysis was released ahead of the one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s issuance of anti-dumping and countervailing duty orders on coated paper product exports from China and Indonesia into U.S. markets. Continue reading

The Economic Impact of U.S. Trade Sanctions on Imports of Paper Products

September 2011 – A Study by Dr. Robert Shapiro and Sonecon, LLC, Commissioned by World Growth

In September 2009, three, large U.S.-based paper companies (NewPage Corporation, Appleton Coated and Sappi-North America) and the United Steelworkers Union (USW), filed complaints of unfair trade practices by Chinese and Indonesian coated paper producers with the International Trade Commission (ITC) of the U.S. Department of Commerce. This conflict between U.S. and foreign paper producers ignores the most basic features of the global paper market: nations expand their capacity to produce paper Continue reading

Abuse of Sustainability Standards; An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth

September 2011 – A Study by World Growth

The case to enhance sustainability is now being used to justify trade barriers, constraints on competition, denial of consumer choice and slower economic growth. In different spheres, governments, large corporations and NGOs are taking action which will produce these perverse results across a common set of industries and products. These are industries which have been selected by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to advance its environmental ambitions. They include timber and paper, vegetable oils, seafood, beef and sugar. The European Commission and some of its leading members Continue reading

New Sustainability Strategies Threaten Food Security

NGO report reveals the danger of strategy to capture global food supply chains

Melbourne, Australia – In a new report released today the pro-development NGO, World Growth, exposed the breathtaking ambition of the world’s largest environmental NGO, the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), to control global supply chains of vital food products. WWF’s strategy threatens to restrict trade and business and undermines efforts to increase global food supplies.  The report – “Abuse of Sustainability Standards – An Attack on Free Trade, Competition and Economic Growth,” shows how WWF and major global food corporations like Unilever are working together to capture markets and dictate food standards in developing countries, while limiting consumer choice in rich countries. Continue reading