Garbage Boat

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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Will the U.S. Walk Away from Binding Dispute Settlement?

If the Trump administration seeks an end to binding dispute settlement procedures, it would represent a significant departure from decades of the United States leading the global charge for making dispute settlement in trade agreements binding and enforceable.

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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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Trade Policy Without Innovation is Only Half a Strategy

If the Trump administration confronts China over unfair trade practices it will need to ignore handwringing from trade groups, but the action will still offer only half of a solution. It generally doesn’t help when you are losing a race to complain that your competitors are running too fast. To stay in the lead, you have to pick up the pace.

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NAFTA Refueled: What’s Next for North American Energy Trade?

Many important developments in the region's energy market have reshaped the industry. The NAFTA renegotiation may be the chance to move closer to the goal of free trade and investment in the North American energy sector.

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Less-Educated Men Hit Hard by Technological Shift in Job Market

American workers are increasingly anxious about robots and automation replacing them in their jobs. The underlying dynamic is that jobs are changing because of automation, not disappearing. That's not a concern in and of itself. The concern is that not everyone is on good footing to adjust.

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A Shortage of Skilled Workers Threatens Manufacturing’s Rebound

U.S. manufacturers will create more than 3 million job openings over the next decade – but two million of these future jobs could go unfilled. "If we’re not able to ensure a skilled workforce and a steady supply of skilled workers for manufacturers in this country, then [companies will] either go out of business or be forced to look elsewhere." - Gardner Carrick of the Manufacturing Institute

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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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NAFTA as a National Security Priority

Implementation of the NAFTA agreement required both Mexico and the United States to transcend historic patterns of border management and create a mutually beneficial security structure. Today, the United States has sophisticated and ongoing security collaboration with Mexican counterparts. A repeal of NAFTA would threaten to reverse the clock to a less secure era.

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