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Sourcing in China

Posted by on Oct 5, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Sourcing in China – the “world’s factory” — continues to provide an attractive option for manufacturers for this year. This is also the time that retailers are sourcing products in preparation for the busy holiday season. China will remain a target destination for both. Even as its labor costs rise, China’s large and skilled work force and overall business ecosystem are key factors that set it apart as a...

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Sanctions Against Russia: How Do Sanctions Affect International Trade?

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email We hear of Russian cyber attacks in the U.S. and Europe weekly, if not daily. Could the attacks be retaliation for American and European sanctions against Russia? In 2014, the European Union and the United States imposed sanctions against Russia because of its ongoing actions in Ukraine. Sanctions affect international trade because they prohibit or place restrictions on individuals and companies from doing business with...

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US Tourism in Cuba?

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The thaw in US-Cuba political and commercial relations have continued, but is there US tourism in Cuba? We shared in an earlier post details on the commercial interests included in President Obama’s to Cuba in March (2016). The following Company Executives accompanied the President to Cuba: Brian Chesky, President and Founder of Airbnb, one of the first companies to take advantage of the loosened travel restrictions to...

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FSMA Update for Importers – June 2016

Posted by on Jun 29, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The struggles of Chipotle, the US restaurant chain, to regain customers lost after hundreds fell ill from contaminated food, reinforce the preventative goals of the US Food Safety Modernization ACT (FSMA). Since our last FSMA Update, the US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has continued to kick FSMA implementation into high gear: Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration was...

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iPhones & US Trade Rules

Posted by on Feb 23, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email Apple, the tech giant, is currently engaged in a fight with the US Government. At the request of the Department of Justice, a California court has issued a warrant requiring that Apple help the FBI to unlock the iphone used in a terrorist attack that killed 14 people. Apple is resisting the order. Some analysts have raised questions about the court’s order: “If a court has the power to order a third party like Apple to...

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WTO 10th Ministerial Conference: The Nairobi Package on Agriculture

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 | 0 comments

Follow Email The World Trade Organization (WTO) 10th Ministerial Conference was held, for the first time in WTO history, in Africa – Nairobi, Kenya. Scheduled for December 15-18, 2015, extending discussions for a fifth day allowed the Ministers to reach consensus on the Nairobi Package. In the Ministerial Declaration, WTO members reaffirmed the pre-eminence of the WTO as the global forum for negotiating trade rules and for trade governance...

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