The Old and New of Console Gaming

Press Start to Play: Digital Trade in Video Games

Over half of all Americans enjoy playing video games regularly. Whether you’re a “hardcore gamer” with the latest virtual reality headset or just killing time with Sudoku on your phone waiting for the bus, we are all unwittingly engaged in a vibrant global market for gaming entertainment products competing for our attention.

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Travel Trailer Caravaning

Exporting the All-American Road Trip

Pull into a camp ground and you’ll find tremendous variety among recreational vehicles (RVs) parked there. Around eighty percent of them were made Elkhart County, Indiana. Today, less than 10 percent of U.S. RV production is exported, but the industry is finding opportunity in some surprising new markets including China, the United Arab Emirates, Korea and Thailand.

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Is a Tomato a Fruit or Vegetable? Botanists and Traders Disagree.

The Supreme Court answered this question when it decided that under the Tariff Act of March 3, 1883, tomatoes would be considered a vegetable for the purpose of assessing a customs duty. Who knew the answer would relate to trade policy? And thanks to trade, we eat fresh tomatoes all year round.

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spam with blue background

SPAM: American Icon, Global Obsession

People eat SPAM on every continent, including Antarctica. How much? 12.8 cans every second. Hormel keeps adding new flavors, like SPAM Teriyaki and SPAM Chorizo, to whet global appetites. Thanks to international trade, SPAM finds itself the centerpiece of comfort foods all over the world.

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Running Shoe Test Fit

Adding Value to the Cambodian Economy Every 374.41 Seconds

Foreign direct investment (FDI) is usually measured in the millions, billions, and trillions. In this Cambodian shoe factory, the value to workers and their community can be measured every 374.41 seconds.

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Chemistry

Science Education Without Borders

Chilean EdTech start-up, Lab4U, created apps that enable students lacking access to equipment in labs to conduct science experiments using their phones. Demand from abroad encouraged them to scale internationally.

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cardiovascular

American Medical Technologies Have a Good Image Overseas, and That’s Good for American Jobs

Imaging software paired with sophisticated diagnostic equipment offers an amazingly detailed, 3D look inside the human body. Medical innovations support well-paying jobs in every state, from sonographers to medical software developers to medical equipment repair technicians. Expanding sales worldwide is a prerequisite to sustaining growth in these American healthcare jobs.

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Fashion designer

Jobs in Fashion You Didn’t Know Were Connected to Trade

When you think haute couture, you think of the fashion capitals of the world – Milan, Paris, New York, London, and Tokyo. Whether we're talking about runway gowns or graphic tees, the fashion industry is global. But did you know that an average 70 percent of your clothes are "Made in America"?

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Bright flowers of spring tulips

Trade in Full Bloom

More than half of the world’s cut flowers still pass through auction houses in The Netherlands before reaching your local floral shop or grocery. That's starting to change. Digital trade and lower transportation costs are helping developing countries like Colombia, Kenya, Ecuador and Ethiopia sell directly to buyers and blossom in global flower trade.

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Martin Guitar

Guitar Heroes

In between Jimmy Page or Tony Iommi and your neighborhood garage band is a range of music professionals, semi-professionals, and adult hobbyists whose design preferences and sound requirements are more or less discriminating—and who are able to invest in equipment available at a variety of price points. This partly explains why guitars made in the United States, made in Korea, and made in China can all exist in the same market.

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