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TradeVistas | lobsters are at center of trade war

Lobsters are a Prawn in the Trade Wars

TradeVistas has named the lobster the “2020 person of the year” in international trade. It’s a well-deserved honor. The lobster is at the center of a trade war that will go down as one of the most compelling cases of the futility of tariff politics.

TradeVistas | the potential economic impact of Abraham Accords

Abraham Accords Expected to Yield Immediate Middle East Trade Dividends

The Abraham Accords will be much more than symbolic if they result in a positive economic impact from private commercial activity and stronger trade relations.

TradeVistas | learn the trade story of wildland firefighter gear

California’s Fight Against Wildfires is Actually Global

California faced record wildfires in 2020. The fight against wildfire is global, with help from international firefighters and gear.

Sacs of commodities

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.

TradeVistas | the global supply chain of NBA basketballs

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.

TradeVistas | WTO public morals decision

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.

TradeVistas | the tomato suspension agreement has some U.S. growers seeing red

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.