Entries by tradevistas

Three Hemispheres

This week we spin the globe to check in on U.S. trade with UK, Argentina and India. Why does Argentina impose nearly 600 export taxes? What lies ahead in U.S.-India trade talks? And, what can we learn from the way the UK has approached public dialogue on a free trade agreement with the United States?

A Shot of Knowledge

Vaccines are produced through long established global collaboration – a COVID-19 vaccine will too. This week we also look at the acclerating trend to import health care workers to make up for staffing shortages. In sweet relief, meet “cloud coffee,” the global Internet sensation made possible by trade.

Human Dimensions

This week we explore two angles on what happens to workers when the global economy shuts downs all at once. Young and low-wage workers have been the hardest hit by the pandemic – the world over. Meanwhile, President Trump suspended immigration for 60 days but made an exception for temporary workers, such as those who help harvest our food.

Surviving and Thriving

Trade can exacerbate the diminishment of precious resources but can also propagate solutions to help the planet thrive. As Earth Day approaches, we contemplate international trade in wild animals which brought us Joe Exotic and possibly a pandemic. On the upside, a global movement in wood buildings using traded timber is good for the environment and our mental health.


Even under harsh trade restrictions with Iran, exemptions are made for trade in food, medicines and medical supplies. Is there a lesson to apply to the global pandemic response? Global trade in pistachios reveals four quirks in the broader world of global agricultural trade.

Life with Covid

We’re exploring how life has changed. We’re searching for toilet paper here in the U.S. but it turns out that global trade in toilet paper is actually pretty small. With ZOOM and other business software, we are all trading in global services now. And our quarantine activities at home are showing how global our influences, choices and opportunities really are.

New Sights

Amid this week’s COVID-19 updates, the Administration and Congress ramped up the fight against online trade in fakes. National Parks are closed to enforce social distancing, leaving hundreds of “gateway” communities starved for jobs and revenue that rely on tourists. And passenger flights are converting to all-cargo runs to move Covid-fighting medical supplies where they are needed most.

Healthy Trade

COVID-19 is on everyone’s minds. In this issue we look at the WTO’s zero-for-zero tariff agreement on trade in health-related products that the world needs now. And with panic buying making it harder for parents to buy things they need for baby, we explore the global business of diapers, wipes, toys and a mountain of other baby gear.

Luck of the Irish

We’re bringing some Irish luck to you this week in honor of upcoming St. Patrick’s Day. First, read about how the Irish Music Rights Organization took on U.S. copyright law in the WTO – and won. Then read about how Invest Northern Ireland is attracting investors ahead of a US-UK free trade agreement.

Turbocharged Tariffs

Congress called, they want to take back their tariff authority. Two bipartisan bills were introduced in 2019 to restrain the administration’s use of Section 232 national security tariffs and restore congressional oversight. Contributor Ed Gerwin explains. Also in this issue, trade in live animals is a growing business to provide extra income, improve nutrition, and transfer the resource burden of raising livestock from birth.