Trade Policy

News and analysis of trade policy such as free trade agreements and changes to tariff regimes around the world. 

Commentary

The Trump administration's recent labeling of China as a currency manipulator is unlikely to have the desired impact with respect to larger trade negotiations.

News & Analysis

05 Nov 2019
Over the course of two months this summer and fall, the JOC interviewed numerous industry stakeholders, economists, and other experts about the lasting impact the US-China trade war has had on supply chains that, in some cases, were decades in the making.
05 Nov 2019
A massive decline in China-bound shipments has been offset in part by increases to other Asian countries, but even that demand is beginning to wane, dragging total year-to-date US agricultural exports down for the first time in four years.
21 Oct 2019
Marseilles-based CMA CGM has expanded its trade finance solutions, offering products to both importers and exporters that make use of improving supply chain visibility.
17 Oct 2019
Peter Tirschwell, vice president, Maritime & Trade, IHS Markit discusses the International Maritime Organization's mandates for carbon emission reduction by 2050 and the most likely paths to reaching that goal.
16 Oct 2019
Importers seeking relief amid the ongoing US-China trade war could consider re-classifying their products or seeking tariff exclusions, but the process can be costly and time-consuming.
14 Oct 2019
While the “phase one” trade agreement reduces tensions between the US and China, the two sides are nowhere near reaching a more comprehensive deal at this time, a US-China business expert says.
23 Sep 2019
Key feeders into the US trucking industry such as manufacturing, petrochemicals, construction, and autos are struggling to match the robust activity of last year, but that doesn't mean a recession is around the corner.
14 Aug 2019
The containerized shipping industry was able to convince the US Trade Representative to take cranes and containers off a list of tariffs going into effect on Sept. 1 and Dec. 15.
18 Jun 2019
Marine industry leaders testified before the Section 301 Committee to lobby against a 25 percent tariff on shipping containers and ship-to-shore cranes, repeating many of the arguments made a year ago about the business fallouts.
17 Jun 2019
Tendering activity to ease lackluster ‘summer slowdown’
14 Jun 2019
US agriculture exporters should brace themselves for a prolonged trade war that will continue to erode their share of the all-important China market because China won’t budge on certain demands, and Trump’s self-image is inflated by being tough on China.
04 Jun 2019
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney is calling for the expansion of the NAFTA free-trade zone throughout the Americas, as well as improvements in labor productivity at home.
04 Jun 2019
US shippers facing a new 5 percent tariff on Mexican goods are expected to rush goods north before a June 10 deadline. That could create more costly congestion.
03 Jun 2019
The outlook for air cargo is turning negative as carriers face headwinds in the form of trade upheaval and falling demand.
03 Jun 2019
With uncertainty surrounding US-Mexico relations, including threats of border shutdowns, tariffs and a Congressional showdown the US-Mexico-Canada agreement (USMCA-NAFTA 2), shippers are expressing more interest in all-water options to bypass any congestion on the border.
28 May 2019
Economists and shipping industry leaders warn the US-China trade war could be a potential tipping point for a global economy that was already cooling before President Donald Trump raised tariffs on $200 billion in Chinese goods.
27 May 2019
Despite strong expected consumer demand, uncertainty over the outcome of the US-China trade talks could reduce growth in US electronics imports in 2019, after 5.2 percent growth in 2018.
16 May 2019
Complacent markets that were sure cooler heads would prevail in trade discussions between the US and China have been rocked by a rapid-fire escalation in tariffs.
13 May 2019
Facing yet another hike in tariffs on imports from China, BCOs are reviewing their options, but the reality is if they haven't changed their sourcing strategy by now, it's probably too late.
10 May 2019
Trade attorneys say manufacturers should take the lead in lobbying for changes in trade policy, as well as consider potential M&A opportunities resulting from tariff uncertainty.
10 May 2019
US imports of goods that left China prior to Friday’s increase of tariffs from 10 percent to 25 percent may be able to enter the country at the lower duty rate under certain circumstances.
06 May 2019
US President Donald Trump's decision to hike tariffs on a wide selection of Chinese-made goods took the US trade community by surprise.
01 May 2019
US importers paying tariffs might have some remedies at their disposal to limit their financial obligation, but many don’t know their options and are leaving valuable savings on the table.
05 Apr 2019
Trump’s trade policies find little favor with footwear executives, but a former USTR reminded them that trade is a long game and the complicated US-China relationship predates the current president.
02 Apr 2019
While British politicians have been chasing their tails in Parliament, businesses in the UK and Europe have been planning for a no-deal Brexit.
15 Feb 2019
With meat shipments to the Middle East poised to decline, exporters are hoping the lifting of a previous ban in Russia and an outbreak of African Swine Flu in China will offset those losses.
Port of Montreal.
10 Jan 2019
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership, which took effect Dec. 30, will contain 495 million consumers.
A resin plant at sunset.
02 Jan 2019
Althougth US-China trade tension can affect demand, there are several reasons US resin exporters remain bullish for 2019.
31 Dec 2018
In 2019, as in 2018, the US trade community will face multiple uncertainties generated by the Trump administration’s often unpredictable trade policy.
Cargo being unloaded.
19 Dec 2018
There are just 100 days to go until the UK exits the European Union, with British businesses "watching in horror" as the country lurches towards the worst case scenario — leaving the EU with no deal.
Shanghai port.
18 Dec 2018
US-China tariff uncertainty is prompting US-bound manufacturing moves out of China, but undertaking the shift is not a quick and easy process.
Dover Straits, United Kingdom.
12 Dec 2018
The latest deal reached between Britain’s Theresa May government and the European Union has failed to win any political support, and Brexit contingency planning suggests the private sector is assuming all trade with the EU will be on World Trade Organization terms, regarded as a worst-case scenario.
Two ships at the Port of Los Angeles.
30 Nov 2018
Following a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Buenos Aires on Saturday at the G20 summit, President Trump agreed to a 90-day truce in which the US wouldn’t impose higher tariffs on Jan 1. as threatened.