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Datamyne Blog

Covering trade & transport, with tips on using import-export data to advantage

Ready to Go Global?

Category: Exports, Resources

Do you have the 9 characteristics of successful exporters?, the web guide to U.S. government assistance for American businesses that want to sell internationally, is offering a short self-assessment of your company’s readiness to enter the global marketplace. Simply click “yes” or “no” to nine questions and find…

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How to: Import–Export

SCORE offers small companies an intro to global markets Companies thinking about importing or exporting can get a good introduction to the basics of doing business across borders from SCORE, the nonprofit “Counselors to America’s Small Business” and resource partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). Three SCORE chapters…

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Unstop the Bottleneck

Port Authorities say freight infrastructure can’t handle doubling exports Members of the American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) testified yesterday at a U.S. Senate Finance subcommittee hearing that the most significant constraint faced by seaports for increasing U.S. exports is the capacity and efficiency of the nation’s freight transportation infrastructure….

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More than Granola

Organic foods claim a bigger share of grocery carts The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a weekly market report on organic fruits and vegetables in April, acknowledgement that natural and organic foods now claim a big share of the mainstream U.S. consumer’s grocery cart. According to the USDA’s

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Sea Change for Bottled Water?

U.S. imports of water from Fiji are down sharply CNN Living poses the question — has bottled water become the new eco-no-no? — and answers, not quite yet. But trade statistics do show a marked drop in U.S. imports of “unsweetened water” (HS code 2201) from top sources France (Evian,…

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An Earth Day Story

Category: Trade Policy

The HS gets in the way of spreading environmental goods What’s the difference between a pipe used in treating wastewater and a pipe that transports oil? A hotplate and a solar cooker? A refrigerator that’s energy-efficient versus an energy hog? In the Harmonized Commodity Coding and Description System (HS) —…

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