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Industry 4.0: Trade Rules for the Internet of Things

The marriage of the physical and digital worlds has unlocked limitless economic opportunities, providing a boost to productivity and propelling us into the next industrial revolution. Policymakers will need to work to keep up by removing trade barriers that could limit the global reach of the Internet of Things.

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Michele's Granola

This Tiny Program Helps Small Manufacturers Grow

The secret to the success of Michele's Granola is more than a great product. Also instrumental was a little-known, decades-old government initiative – the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) program – aimed at helping small and medium-sized manufacturers grow.

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America’s Ranchers Get a Hoof in the Door of China’s Beef Market

In 2016, American ranchers sold $6.3 billion worth of beef overseas, finding its way into traditional meat dishes from yakiniku in Japan to tacos al carbon in Mexico, and bulgogi in South Korea. And now, thanks to a new trade deal, they can sell beef to China too.

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Withdrawal from Paris Agreement Introduces a Climate of Uncertainty in Trade

The idea of carbon tariffs has been resurrected after the United States announced it would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. Such tariffs are subject to a complex framework of rules under the WTO.

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The Digital Future of Food Retail is Finally Here for Global Shoppers

Through a combination of automation, analytics, mobile payment and other digital technologies, the world’s leading food retailers are in a race for your “digitally-enabled” grocery business.

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NAFTA 2.0 and the Art of the Deal

As the President engages with Congress, the public, and his Mexican and Canadian counterparts to renegotiate NAFTA, he may find it useful to consider his own 11-step formula for success. Step two: "Protect the downside, and the upside will take care of itself."

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As Digital Trade Evolves, Cyberspace Still Plays by Darwin’s Rules

Digital trade is a boon to consumers and businesses all over the world. But cyberspace is a Darwinian environment with predators and victims. Cyber criminals are fast and innovative. Defenders are too often slow and reactive. The risks, however, can be reduced and managed.

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A Global Upgrade for Trade in Services

Increasingly, the services sector shapes the way global commerce takes place. The trading system needs to give the rules around trade in services an upgrade to match this reality.

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Why Trade Agreements are Like Facebook

Every day, Facebook users share posts or “friend” someone, creating billions of new connections. Trade agreements don’t tell businesses whom to friend or like. But by removing obstacles to commercial transactions, trade agreements serve as a platform for American businesses of all sizes to better connect with buyers and sellers around the world.

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Does China Manipulate its Currency-

Currency Manipulation 101

Currency exchange rates have affected the terms of international trade since the beginning of floating exchange rates, and for nearly as long, politicians have accused trading partners of manipulating exchange rates to gain an unfair advantage. What does it mean to engage in “currency manipulation,” how do governments determine whether and when it happens, and what can be done about it?

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