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Money Rules

How money changes hands affects trade. When it’s under the table, it can be a costly hidden tariff for businesses. In this issue, read about corruption and trade. Also, it’s the Lunar New Year – good time to read about how digital red envelopes are a sign that China leads the way on digital payments.

hands on home - rebuilding trade relations

Redesigning Trade Deals

The U.S. and China signed a trade deal on Jan 15. Attempting to rewire China’s economic system cannot be achieved in one pass – an agreement this ambitious would have to be built in phases. What does that mean for the future of trade deals?

Salt refinery, Saline from Janubio, Lanzarote, Spain

Salt of the Earth

Humankind spent millennia fighting wars over control of salt trade. Today, about half of it is used to melt ice on roadways. Andrea Durkin brings you the short version of the long history of salt trade. Re-read our background articles on Iran sanctions and the challenges of monitoring illegal activity on the high seas.

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The Gift of Trade

Unwrap some holiday trade stories. In this issue, we’ve got the trade angle on gifts for “The Romantic,”“The Pragmatist,” and even for the teenage VSCO girl in your life, as well as the trade backstories on your favorite textile fads.

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Laboring for Trade

The Trump Administration and House Democrats struck a deal focused on enforcement of labor provisions in the USMCA, clearing a way for a vote. But what effect do labor provisions in FTAs have? Columnist Anne Kim breaks down their history, the rationale for them, and what they can and can’t do.

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What Trade War?

If shoppers are worried about the U.S.-China trade war, it’s not showing up yet in measures of their buying confidence or holiday retail sales, writes Andrea Durkin. Discover how online shopping is breaking records this holiday season in a new shareable graphic.

NAFTA Turkeys

Thanks Trade

It’s Thanksgiving in the United States and we’re serving up a classic pairing of turkey with a side of cranberry sauce. In a new video, we give thanks for trade in soybeans – a key ingredient in a turkey’s diet. Anne Kim explores the turkey trade and its growing popularity in Mexico thanks to NAFTA. Andrea Durkin explains why U.S. cranberry exports are facing stiff competition in Europe.

Pencils Down

The question of whether pencils are made anymore in the United States recently made its way into the 2020 presidential campaign. Contributor Ed Gerwin revisits what pencils can teach us about the complexity and nuances of modern American trade. Anne Kim explains how higher education is one of the world’s leading “exports”.

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Movers and Shakers

The expansion of global trade is allowing us to rediscover and reinvent the art of “making” through the Maker Movement, profoundly changing what and how we trade. Also, Christine McDaniel looks at the hype surrounding automation’s looming impact on jobs, value chains and international trade.

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In the Pits

Spanish olives and olive oil are ripe with tension over U.S.-EU trade disputes. In this issue, Associate Editor Lauren Kyger breaks down two recent trade disputes leading to U.S. tariffs on Spanish exports. We also explore the trade routes of cheddar cheese in a shareable video.