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DIY Slime Stretches Global Sales of Glue

The trend to make your own slime is driving a surge in demand for gallons of school glue. It’s not just an American obsession, slime is having its day around the world. It’s a fun reminder that we can find trade stories in everything.

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China No Longer Treasures the World’s Garbage: The WTO Provides a Place to Trash Talk

Approximately one-third of the scrap recycled in the United States is exported. China is our largest customer.

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North Korea-China Trade Ties: North Korea’s Life Jacket is Becoming China’s Straight Jacket

The North Korean regime continues to amass missile and nuclear technologies, through a combination of global licit and illicit transactions. North Korea trades for currency, for fuel, and for military materiel to preserve its power. Will expanded sanctions choke off revenue for weapons programs, or will continued trade ties with China throw North Korea a lifeline?

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Substantial Transformation: What are You and Where Did You Come From?

Most products today are the result of creative, physical, and intellectual efforts by people in different roles across the globe—they are designed in one country, their materials are procured in another, their components may be made and assembled somewhere else. Their “Made in…” labels only tell us the country where that product last underwent some significant change or “substantial transformation”. That's just a snapshot of one stop on their journey

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Humanitarian Relief: The Most Urgent Among Reasons for Trade Facilitation

Every minute and hour count in the aftermath of life-threatening emergencies such as large scale natural disasters. Behind the scenes, private donors and relief organizations work to navigate customs requirements and procedures at the borders of countries struck by disaster. But customs bottlenecks are among the most common obstacles cited by the humanitarian community to delivering aid quickly.

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A New Chapter for Labor in NAFTA

North America’s global competitive advantage depends in large measure on maintaining a strong foundation of workforce talent. But employers with North American manufacturing and supply chains are concerned about labor market shortfalls, particularly for frontline jobs in advanced manufacturing and logistics.

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What’s Your “Robot Exposure”?

Robots are not in every case displacing jobs, but automation is certainly changing the types of jobs available and the skills needed to fill them. Explore this robot map produced by the Brookings Institute to see where the robots are on the move.

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Trade and Maritime Security

Around one-third of global shipping and about 21 percent of global trade moves through it the South China Sea. The Strait of Malacca, which connects the South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean with the Indian Ocean, is the shortest and most economical passageway connecting these important bodies of water. Any long-term uncertainty around commercial use of the Strait of Malacca could create a ripple effect throughout existing global supply chains.

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North America is an Energy Powerhouse Dependent on Trade

After autos and auto parts, energy commodities are the largest category of traded goods in North America. The energy industry in North America is both highly integrated and interdependent. As a region, we have achieved energy self-sufficiency and have become a global energy powerhouse because we trade with one another.

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Big Bang in the Global Recorded Music Industry

In 1927, people throughout the United States were introduced to the white gospel of country music made possible by new portable recording devices and distributed by album and broadcast radio. In 2016, paid subscriptions to music streaming services topped 100 million. The recorded music industry is at the forefront of the explosion in global digital trade.

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