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TradeVistas | the state of global fashion trade and clothing exports in 2020

September Issue: Fashion & Trade in a Shifting Global Landscape

The global fashion industry faces tariffs on clothing exports, changing consumer demand, and of course, fallout from the pandemic.

TradeVistas | the blue economy supports jobs around the world

An Ocean of Potential in the Blue Economy

The blue economy contributes billions to global GDP and supports jobs around the world, from fishing to tourism. Learn why the future of ocean trade depends on science and sustainability.

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Wooden Skyscrapers Push Trade in Cross-Laminated Timber to New Heights

Cross Laminated Timber is the basis of the “tall wood” buildings movement. CLT construction is a growing global market. Cross-laminated timber provides many possible benefits, including reduced costs, rural employment, strength, fire-resistance, beauty and a sense of being closer to nature.

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Trade in Good Conscience

As more people grow concerned about where their products come from, how they are sourced, and the processes used to make them, demand for sustainable products could begin to reshape global trade.

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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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Do Food Standards Inhibit Trade in Ugly Produce?

“Ugly” produce is a local trend serving a niche market. But if it does go global, there are a number of changes that would need to be made to standards at international, national and retailer levels on how we define what food “should” look like.

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Fisheries subsidies: The WTO’s New Year’s Resolution for 2019?

Government subsidies to fishing industries may be accelerating the depletion of fish stocks. Nearly 90 percent of the world’s fish stocks are at risk of being overfished. WTO members first started negotiating on fisheries subsidies in 2001 and have vowed to reach an agreement restraining these kinds of subsidies by the end of 2019.

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Trade and the Triple Bottom Line

First launched in 2016, the Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index ranks each economy’s ability to participate in global trade in a way that creates sustainable growth, encourages foreign direct investment, and attracts support from multilateral development agencies. Built by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the index measures the readiness of 19 economies in Asia and the United States to trade sustainably.

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Sri Lanka’s Sustainable Approach to Underwear Production

Underwear, panties, intimates, undergarments, bras, lingerie, undies – whatever you call it, American women buy a lot of it every year. Much of it comes from Sri Lanka. In recent years, Sri Lanka has shown it not only makes intimates designed to accentuate a woman’s curves — it’s also getting ahead of the sustainability curve.

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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Introduces a Climate of Uncertainty in Trade

The idea of carbon tariffs has been resurrected after the United States announced it would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Such tariffs are subject to a complex framework of rules under the WTO.