TradeVistas | trade in counterfeit goods during pandemic

Trade in Counterfeit Medical and Protective Health Goods Spiking During Pandemic

During the pandemic, government and industry should use data to prevent illicit medical products or counterfeit goods, starting in the country of origin.

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Trade Policy’s Naughty and Notorious List for IP Deficiencies

USTR’s annual Special 301 and Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy reports on the state of intellectual property rights around the world is a valuable tool for American companies.

TradeVistas | Joe Exotic and global wildlife trade

Joe Exotic and Wet Markets Expose Global Wildlife Trade

Wildlife trade is a multibillion dollar business that is under scrutiny due to its impacts on human health, animals, and habitats around the world. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) aims to ensure that international trade in plants and animals does not threaten their survival.

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Preventing Trade in Online Fakes

The Administration and Congress are fighting online trade in fake goods such as fake COVID-19 test kits and vaccines and other counterfeit products.

"Free" Trade and Modern Slavery | TradeVistas

“Free” Trade and Modern Slavery

Modern day slavery is more common than you might think. Trafficking in humans is the worst form of illicit trade. Wherever the debate comes out on how to use trade agreements and policies to promote human rights, free trade must begin with free.

TradeVistas | Corruption is Costly “Hidden” Tariff

Corruption is a Costly “Hidden” Tariff

Corruption is one of the most costly non-tariff barriers in global trade. The trouble is, there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Tackling corruption to promote legitimate trade would have positive impacts on millions around the world. An OECD report suggests a mix of approaches.

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Global Arms Trade Highest Since End of Cold War

After a decade of steady increase, the volume of arms trade by 2012 had reached levels not seen since the end of the Cold War. Trade in conventional arms and dual-use goods and technologies is regulated through policies that include government defense procurement regulations, national export control licensing regimes and embargoes.

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Wave of Global Sand Trade May Be Depleting Beaches

Sand is a critical component in many of the products we depend on every day. Demand for sand is expected to increase in the coming years, especially in developing countries faced with increasing populations, urbanization and economic growth. But despite its importance worldwide, sand is one of the least regulated resources today.

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Global Trade in Cannabis Could Bloom, Boosting U.S. Hemp Production

CBD is popping up in all types of new products from infused food and drink, to dietary supplements, lotions, oils, cosmetics and even pet treats. Passage of the 2018 Farm Bill may open up new avenues for U.S. farmers looking to cash in on growing demand for hemp-derived products, like trendy CBD. But U.S. farmers will have some catching up to do to compete in the global cannabis market.

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Child Labor Still a Scourge in Commonly Traded Goods

An estimated 152 million children in the world today are in child labor. Provisions on labor issues have proliferated in trade agreements since NAFTA was implemented. But child labor is a complex problem requiring complex and situational solutions. Only concerted action in local communities and throughout global supply chains will make widespread and demonstrable improvements to lives of the millions of children who are mainly not included in the scope of a trade agreement.