TradeVistas seeks to engage readers in ways that relate trade to our own lives and communities. Advances in technology and transportation have made it easier than ever for us to exchange products, services, and ideas with anyone anywhere the world. But as familiar as it is in our daily lives, few issues are as heated – or as fraught with conflicting information – as the current debate over trade. And it’s not a national conversation, it’s a global conversation.
Our primary goal with this site is not to advocate for or against any particular trade policy, but to provide a fact-based context in which to understand this broader debate. We also hope that the ideas we share and generate with your help will spark policy innovation in the ever evolving landscape of trade policy. The Hinrich Foundation research team contributes to the editorial content of TradeVistas.
15 August, 2019
International travelers check in to their accommodations, they ride local transportation, they sightsee, they eat, and they shop. All that wonderful cross-border spending counts as an export in international trade. For the United States and the global economy, tourism and travel are the unsung heroes of the international trade story and not only for the billions in goods and services travelers buy directly and support indirectly.
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.
Download these helpful infographics to get a visual overview of key global trade topics and issues.