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What is a Tariff Anyway?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2018 | 0 comments

Follow Email A few weeks ago (July 2018), I led a seminar on international trade for high school students which brought home to me how much misunderstanding exists about what is a tariff. The assumption was that tariffs are inherently protectionist. The current use of tariffs by the Trump Administration to protect the U.S. steel and aluminum industry makes it easy to reach that conclusion. But many countries impose tariffs on products even...

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Your small business is BIG enough to go global!

Posted by on Dec 2, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email In recognition of the key role that small businesses play in the US economy, Black Friday – the big shopping day after U.S. Thanksgiving Day, is now followed by Shop Small Business Saturday. Sites like these, created for the special day, raise the visibility of small businesses, not only in the U.S. but around the world. Visibility If you have a website, you are a global company! There are over 3 billion (and constantly...

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The Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email One of the sessions held at the 2015 WTO Public Forum pre-launched the Global Alliance for Trade Facilitation. The Alliance is a public-private partnership being established to support successful implementation of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement. The WTO Trade Facilitation (TF) Agreement is one of the key components of the Bali Package agreed to during the 9th WTO Ministerial Conference. The TF Agreement introduces...

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FDA Kicks FSMA Into High Gear

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Coincidence or not, following closely on the heels of major food poisoning incidents in the United States, the FDA kicks FSMA into high gear. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) cautions that there are about 24 multi-state (involving at least two states) food contamination outbreaks each year. That averages two major outbreaks each month. The most recent outbreak involved E. coli from fresh produce which led Chipotle to...

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In Honor of U.S. National Small Business Week 2015: Getting Started as a Global Business

Posted by on May 6, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email In honor of U.S. National Small Business Week 2015, this post shares steps for getting started as a global business. You are a small business or solopreneur going along your merry way, when a business lead that could take your business overseas drops into your lap. What do you do? Where do you start? Here are some key things you should know to be prepared to respond to that call or email and get started as a global...

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Trade Watch 2015

Posted by on Jan 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Follow Email Trade Watch 2015 lists some key issues to watch out for in the trade arena this year: US-Cuba Relations: President Obama has announced a slight easing in its trade policy towards Cuba. The embargo remains in place (that can only be lifted or changed by US Congress). However, effective January 16, 2015, new regulations are in place to implement the announced changes. Look out for how the US Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC)...

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