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.

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 | 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.

TradeVistas | european wine tariffs hurt U.S. wine industry

U.S. Wine Industry is Drowning its Sorrows Over Transatlantic Trade Spat

European wine is getting caught in a decades old trade dispute. But tariffs on imported wines from France, Germany, or Spain are a lose-lose for the U.S. wine industry. European winemakers may just shift their exports to avoid U.S. tariff pain and grow their market share in emerging economies like China.

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From A to Qi: The Global Rise of Traditional Chinese Medicine

Dating back thousands of years, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is now an economic driver for China. But as TCM is traded globally in the modern age, the industry will need to find a balanced approach to quality, safety, and the sustainability of precious resources. Dig into the ethics surrounding TCM trade.

China Belt Road Initiative | TradeVistas

China Seeks to Redraw the Global Trade Map

China’s Belt and Road Initiative is laying the groundwork for new trade routes with infrastructure investments that span 138 countries. If successful, BRI means all roads will lead back to Beijing. Read the basics about BRI – and what questions remain.

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Is It Just a Phase? Redesigning Trade Deals in the Age of Trump

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?

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U.S.-China Trade War Timeline

As negotiations continue toward a trade agreement, President Trump and President Xi of China have imposed tariffs on each country’s products in an unprecedented trade war. If you’ve lost track of how we got here, here is a handy quick guide to recent events unfolding in the ongoing U.S.-China trade war.

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Holiday Bicycle Shoppers are in for a Bumpy Ride

If you’re in the market for a bicycle to put under the tree this year, trade policy has made your choices more complicated. New tariffs on bicycles have increased prices for U.S. importers and consumers. But a higher and more generous threshold for duty-free online purchases directly from foreign retailers can be a way to escape the tariffs — but it can be a gamble.

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Laboring for Trade

Labor provisions are an increasingly important feature in trade agreements. But do they work? Despite the attention paid to labor provisions in trade deals like USMCA, domestic policy, not trade agreements, might be the most direct – and most effective – way to improve workers’ lot, especially in advanced countries like the United States.