Trade Policy

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

Commentary

Safeguards large businesses are implementing aren't exclusive to big business. Here are some basic actions midsized businesses can take to limit additional cost and risk during the United States' ongoing trade disputes.

News & Analysis

The Port of Los Angeles.
06 Mar 2018
US exports are on a growth track, but export expansion could be derailed or slowed if the United States enters a trade war.
Aluminum cans stacked.
02 Mar 2018
The ports are concerned that tariffs will lower steel and aluminum imports and invite retaliation that will undermine exports of US products.
The Port of Veracruz.
01 Mar 2018
Economists say the eastward drift in Mexico’s volume is partly due to the expanded Panama Canal opening, enabling ships of up to 14,000 TEU to traverse the waterway, but also due to the improved economic situation in Europe.
Mexico City, Mexico.
19 Feb 2018
To cite the late, great writer Mark Twain, the reports of the North American Free Trade Agreement’s death are greatly exaggerated. Shippers and transportation providers looking past the noise of mainstream reporting see reason for optimism in 2018 for the world's largest trilateral trade pact.
25 Jan 2018
The Mexican Federal Competition Commission, the report-issuing body, declined to comment on the release date but issued a statement saying the agency is still going through the steps set out by Mexican regulations for such investigations.
23 Jan 2018
The Trump administration announced the tariffs Monday in response to complaints from US-based manufacturers that foreign competition was unfairly flooding the US market with cheap imports.
17 Jan 2018
One question that is definitely on the minds of shippers, especially transportation, is if the UK’s post-Brexit trade agreements will stimulate or dampen the growing Europe/UK economies.
Politics clouds outlook for breakbulk steel shipments
12 Jan 2018
There is hope for the steel sector in the form of a macroeconomic tailwind: beneath the fog of politics, steel trade volume depends on underlying demand, which analysts predict will rise modestly in 2018.
09 Jan 2018
China last year announced bans on imports of certain types of scrap products from all countries in order to reduce the harmful effect of contaminated waste products.
19 Dec 2017
Lawmakers questioned Garrett's support of the bank's export finance mission.
19 Dec 2017
The carrier said it has already signed 100 clients, involving more than $80 million in credit, and is looking to finance another $200 million over the next year.
18 Dec 2017
It is clear that a world-class infrastructure improves a nation's efficiency and attracts business. And post-Brexit United Kingdom must implement several infrastructure improvements to achieve both.
16 Nov 2017
Maersk says it can provide trade finance faster and easier than banks.
14 Nov 2017
What does Brexit mean in practical terms for supply chains?
01 Nov 2017
President Donald Trump’s nominee to head the US Export-Import Bank has described the bank as “corporate welfare” that should be abolished.
27 Oct 2017
There is quite a difference between the single market and the customs union.
23 Oct 2017
Final draft of strict clean air plan to be presented to LA-LB harbor commissions on Nov. 2.
23 Oct 2017
The cost for shipping from Novorossiysk to Istanbul has fallen substantially.
20 Oct 2017
Los Angeles-Long Beach market share has eroded steadily since 2002.