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Congress Blinks, Repeals COOL

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

Faced with the threat of retaliatory tariffs from Canada and Mexico, Congress tucked a repeal of the mandatory country-of-origin labeling – or COOL – rules for meat that offended the NAFTA trade partners into the omnibus spending bill passed in the closing days of 2015. Canada and Mexico had appealed to…

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US Tariffs on Chinese Steel Near 500%

Category: Imports, Trade Policy

US tariffs on Chinese steel imports could near 500% with the Commerce Department International Trade Administration’s preliminary decision to slap anti-dumping duties of 256% on corrosion-resistant steel – this  on top of countervailing duties of 236% imposed in November to offset Chinese government subsidies of its steel producers. The…

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On the Way: Fresh Grapes Imported from Chile

Category: Imports

’Tis the season for (no, not Santa, that’s next week) … fresh grapes imported from Chile! As the Northern Hemisphere swings into winter, shipments of fruit from the Southern Hemisphere ramp up. Leader of the pack, the first Chilean table grapes have shipped, reports Fresh Fruit Portal. From the winter…

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November Import TEUs Up over Last Year, Down from Last Month

Category: Exports, Indicators

November import TEUs reached 1,639,165, for a 5% gain compared with November 2014, Datamyne’s current US import bill-of-lading data shows. This reverses the downward trend in year-over-year comparisons in October, when the 1,731,930 TEUs (20-foot-equivalent units) tallied represented a -1% drop from TEUs the same month a year ago. However, November…

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Wheat Exports Flattened as Dollar Rises

Category: Exports, Indicators

Wheat exports are being flattened by the strengthening dollar, as competitors with weaker currencies take US share of the global market for this and other agricultural products. Generally among the top 3 US agricultural exports (behind soybeans and corn), wheat accounted for $10,271,917,323 worth of exports in 2014. The last…

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Trade Data on China: Buying Less from the Americas

Category: Indicators, Markets

The slowdown in China’s economy is taking its toll on its imports from the Americas, our trade data on China through third-quarter 2015 shows. China’s imports from North America dropped 9%, while its imports from South America were down 11% in September 2015 compared with September 2014. Chinese imports…

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