TradeVistas | toilet paper shortage 2020

Toilet Paper: A Uniquely American Obsession

Covid-19 panic shopping and the 2020 toilet paper shortage has made it clear: Americans love their toilet paper. The U.S. is a top producer and consumer of TP. Learn about trade in bathroom tissue – and why toilet paper shortages are truly a first-world worry.

TradeVistas | services trade during the coronavirus pandemic

With Zoom, We Are All Trading in Services

During the Covid-19 pandemic, technology keeps the world connected and allows global trade in services to continue. The WTO outlines four modes of delivery for services trade.

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COVID-19 Shows the Economic Impact of Travel Exports to Our National Parks

Even the National Parks can’t escape the economic impact of COVID-19. Learn how coronavirus affects tourism in National Park gateway communities and international U.S. trade exports.

TradeVistas | air cargo is critical trade infrastructure

Global Cargo is Leaving on a Jet Plane

Air cargo (sometimes carried by passenger flight) is critical infrastructure that is moving medical supplies where they are needed most to fight the coronavirus.

TradeVistas | free trade and COVID-19

Free Trade in Medicines and Supplies is the Healthiest Approach

The WTO zero-for-zero tariff agreement on trade in health-related products needs to be expanded. Free trade will help promote recovery after COVID-19.

TradeVistas | global trade in baby products

Born to Trade

Learn about global trade in baby products like diapers, toys, and car seats – and the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on the baby care industry.

TradeVistas | Irish music copyright law

Fiddling with Irish Music Royalties in the WTO

How the Irish Music Rights Organization took on U.S. copyright law in the WTO – and won – yet your favorite pub is still allowed to play Irish music for you for free.

TradeVistas | international investment in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Isn’t Waiting on Post-Brexit Trade Deal to Court U.S. Investors

The UK released its public negotiating objectives for a post-Brexit free trade agreement with the United States, but Invest Northern Ireland isn’t waiting on a deal to start taking advantage of stronger trade and investment relations for Belfast and Northern Ireland.

TradeVistas | livestock trade in goat farming

The Global Travels of Live Animals

Trade in live animals is listed in Chapter 1 of the Harmonized Tariff Schedule. Livestock trade (from bees to goat farming) provides extra income and improves nutrition in developing countries.

TradeVistas | GPA Government Procurement

Erasing the Global Gains from the WTO Government Procurement Agreement?

The WTO Government Procurement Agreement (GPA) covers $1.7 trillion in global government procurement trade across 48 countries, including the United States. But the Trump Administration may pull out of the GPA to support “Buy American” – a move that will come with unintended consequences for U.S. businesses.