TradeVistas | the global supply chain of NBA basketballs

From Factory to Finals: The Supply Chain of a Basketball

Follow the global journey of how official NBA basketballs are made, from the U.S. to China. Along the way, basketball has become entangled in geopolitics.

TradeVistas | the orange economy includes cultural and creative industies around the world

The Orange Economy – Where Creativity is an Economic Asset

The global “orange economy” generates billions in revenue. Trade in the creative industries can help protect freedom of expression and promote shared cultural experiences.

TradeVistas | trade barriers impact movie streaming

Trade Barriers Evolve with Movie Streaming Trends

Trade agreements address movie streaming trade barriers to increase international access for the U.S. film industry and digital entertainment abroad.

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.

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Helium Shortage Bursting More Than Balloons

From birthday parties to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, balloons are a staple when it comes to party decor and celebrations. But the world is running short on the critical element that makes them float: helium. With all of the uncertainty in the helium supply chain and so few sources available, pricing has been volatile and shortages over the last ten years have been common.

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Trade and America’s Pastime

It’s midsummer, a milestone marked every year by baseball’s All-Star Game. No sport is more American than baseball. While we import much of the lower-cost equipment for amateur play, there’s a rich tradition of high-quality baseball equipment made in the U.S.A. that thrives alongside imports, demonstrating that trade enables a diverse marketplace that benefits us as consumers.

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The Free Trade Spirit of Music Festivals

Music festivals cater to every taste in the world, drawing crowds of music fans who travel from the furthest reaches to hear their favorite artists. You don’t have to cross borders to get cross-border delivery of entertainment services. Coachella this year featured Korean girl group BLACKPINK, Colombian performer J Balvin, and French producer DJ Snake among the American performers.

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Where Does the Ink in Your Tattoo Come From?

Nearly 3 in 10 Americans have at least one tattoo. When someone gets “inked,” the pigment injected under the skin is most likely comprised of globally produced and traded mineral powders and the industrial chemical called carbon black.

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Four Ways Trade is Like March Madness

Trade policy is at a historical crossroads — a jump ball, as it were. As we enjoy the NCAA Tournament, let’s look at four similarities between trade and college basketball.

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Trade and Conversation: A Book Review of the Monk of Mokha

The Monk of Mokha by Dave Eggers, the miraculous true story of a young Yemeni-American man who grew up in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods and overcame seemingly impossible obstacles to export coffee from Yemen in the midst of a raging civil war.