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Agricultural Subsidies: Everyone’s Doing It

What countries provide the most farm subsidies? Agricultural subsidies are, in part, a recognition of the unique challenges that the agriculture sector faces – but they can also have trade-distorting effects.

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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.

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Which Way is the Moral Trade Compass Pointing? U.S. Loses WTO Argument that Tariffs on China Protect U.S. Public Morals

The United States argued to the WTO that tariffs against China were necessary to protect public morals. It lost the argument. Here’s how.

TradeVistas | T. rex and other dinosaur fossil trade

T. Rex Traders: The Lost World of Fossil Exports

The dinosaur fossil trade is raising concerns within the scientific community, who worry that rare fossils in private collections won’t be available for future scientific study. The debate boils down to this: are dinosaur bones a commodity? Or a common good?

TradeVistas | history of Buy American policies supporting Made in USA procurement

Evolution of Buy American Policies

The concept of maximizing taxpayer spend on American goods and services extends all the way back to the founding of the United States. Here’s a primer on the history of Buy American policies.

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Imported Tomatoes From Mexico Have Some U.S. Growers Seeing Red

USMCA eliminated trade barriers for most agricultural exports but some American growers argue that the tomato suspension agreement doesn’t do enough to protect against imports of increasingly competitive seasonal produce from Mexico.

TradeVistas | U.S.-EU carousel tariff retaliation

Carousel Retaliation: Tariff Uncertainty on Another Ride

In response to WTO-illegal European subsidies to its aircraft industry, the U.S. administration is reportedly considering what is known as “carousel” retaliation against the EU – a regular rotation of goods targeted for tariffs, designed to impose maximum pain. The United States and Europe have been on this ride before.

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The Trade Costs of Getting a “D+” on Infrastructure”

The economic impact of infrastructure investment is significant – but a new scorecard ranks the United States’ infrastructure behind many of its biggest global competitors, adding manufacturing and trade costs.

TradeVistas | doubts about the WTO are growing like weeds in the United States

American Doubts About the WTO are Growing Like Weeds

U.S. leadership in the World Trade Organization (WTO) could serve as a counterbalance to China’s growing influence. But a new poll from TradeVistas shows that first, Americans need to know why they should care about the WTO.

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Do Americans Want the U.S. to Leave the WTO?

What do ordinary Americans think about the World Trade Organization (WTO)? A new poll by TradeVistas found that a plurality of Americans support leaving the WTO – but almost as many are “unsure” or “indifferent.”