Global Trade Research

Read our latest commentary and analysis on important trade topics, ranging from global trade system reform, trade agreements, tariffs and quotas, and US-China trade.

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  • Interim US-China 'Phase 1' Trade Deal Far From a Sure Thing

    Interim US-China 'Phase 1' Trade Deal Far From a Sure Thing

    14 October 2019
    By Stephen Olson

    The just-announced interim trade agreement between the US and China will forestall US tariff increases on $250 billion in trade from China that were scheduled to go into effect on October 15th. In exchange, China has agreed to purchase $40-$50 billion in US agricultural products, along with other unspecified concessions. The general reaction to the announced deal has been that while the agreement itself accomplishes relatively little, it does avoid a further escalation in tariffs and sets a more constructive tone for future negotiations, and as such it should be regarded as a positive step. While this is a fair analysis, it overlooks three important points.

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  • NAFTA Debate Signals Importance – and Challenges – of Sustainable Trade

    NAFTA Debate Signals Importance – and Challenges – of Sustainable Trade

    23 September 2019
    By Stephen Olson

    With the US Congress having returned from its summer recess, few issues are looming larger on the legislative agenda than the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the revised version of the North America Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Despite some recent positive signals, the agreement still faces uncertain ratification prospects, particularly around sustainability issues.

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  • Country trade imbalances are an existential threat to the global trading system

    Country trade imbalances are an existential threat to the global trading system

    17 September 2019
    By Stewart Paterson

    Persistent trade surpluses and deficits by major trading nations have contributed to imbalances in the global trading system and today’s trade conflict. The failure of the global trading system to tend towards balance has been the result of exchange rate anomalies.

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U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

U.S.-China FDI goes cold while venture capital heats up

23 August, 2019

With trade talks between the United States and China running hot and cold, it’s irresistible to get sucked into daily U.S.-China trade war updates with its unexpected tariff announcements. In the bigger picture, the underlying uncertainty caused by ongoing trade tensions between the United States and China is having a large impact, particularly on two-way foreign direct investment (FDI). 

 

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India’s tariffs could dent gains from California’s bumper almond crop

8 August, 2019

California growers have reason to worry about access to India, one of their biggest export markets. The Indian government increased tariffs on U.S. shelled almonds by 20 percent and non-shelled almonds by 17 percent in June, which could shortchange the gains hoped for by California almond growers who are expecting a bumper harvest this year. 

 

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