DHL Global Barometer USA Sept-Nov 18

What’s the Atmosphere for Trade?

DHL created a barometer to predict where storms lie ahead for global trade.

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Trade and the Triple Bottom Line

Benchmarking Sustainable Trade First launched in 2016, the Hinrich Foundation Sustainable Trade Index ranks each economy’s ability to participate in global trade in a way that creates sustainable growth, encourages foreign direct investment, and attracts support from multilateral development agencies. Built by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the index measures the readiness of 19 economies in […]

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A Deficit of Good Trade Data

In 2016, the United States ran a trade deficit of $500.6 billion. If President Trump wanted to reduce the U.S. deficit with Mexico or China, all he has to do is change the way we count it.

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Industrial Clusters

Small American Cities Depend More on Exports than Big Cities

If you were to take a guess as to which American metropolitan areas export the most, you’d probably be right: New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Dallas, and Seattle top the list. But, if ranked by exports as a share of local GDP, it’s America’s smaller cities that top the list – four of the most export dependent are smaller cities in Indiana.

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India's RTA Profile on WTO Website

Let’s Make a Deal

To see how countries stack up in terms of the number of agreements they’ve negotiated, check out the WTO's database of trade agreements.

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Don’t Use the Trade Deficit to Keep Score

Americans like to play to win. When it comes to international trade, however, we shouldn't use the size and trend of the national trade deficit as a way of scoring trade policy. It's like using the size of players' salaries to evaluate whether you had a winning season.

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This Trade Agreement Could Cut Your Monthly Utility Bill

According to a new study, reducing tariffs on LED light bulbs by 3.6 percent would save American households $320 million each year. How? Lowering the tariff on imported LED bulbs makes it cheaper to buy them. Lower prices also raises demand, leading to greater usage. Using more energy efficient light bulbs could cut electric bills by $129.6 million and lower the number of kilowatt hours in the United States by 238 million every year.

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North American Scorecard George W. Bush Institute

Making the Grade

North America receives a B+ on the new George W. Bush Institute Scorecard, outperforming other trade groups such as the EU, which gets a B, and Mercosur, which only achieved a D-.

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Picture Trade Beautifully

  The Observatory of Economic Complexity offers a tool that is as beautiful as it is educational (not mention fun to use), enabling users to “quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange.”   Here’s an example.  Did you start to notice more Chilean wines on supermarket shelves starting in the […]

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Giving New Meaning to “Trading Blocs”

  Sometimes you just want a simple answer without having to dig through a database of thousands of tariff lines – after all, how many of us know what the Harmonized System of product classification is or how to find the product we’re looking for?   (The Harmonized System, used by more than 200 countries, […]

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