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Datamyne Blog

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

Category Archive: Markets

Regulatory Mélange

Grocery Manufacturers Association recommends a blend of US-EU food standards The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) just endorsed a new bill in Congress aimed at Agricultural Trade Facilitation – that is, lowering barriers to US agricultural exports. Pamela G. Bailey, GMA president and CEO, calls it an “important bill that…

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Fresh Resource for Food Exporters

Category: Exports, Markets, Resources

A new free database offers access to international regulations on food additives The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has developed, with a grant from the Department of Agriculture, an International Food Additive Database designed to provide easy access to accurate and current regulatory requirements on food additives in importing countries…

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Argentina Uncorks Exports

Wine exports are “growing like crazy.” But protectionism could stopper trade. by Bill Armbruster, blog anchor Argentina surged ahead of Chile to become the third largest source of US table wine imports during the first quarter, according to the National Association of Beverage Importers, trailing only Italy and Australia. Sales were…

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Copper Benchmark

Peru is poised to boost copper output as global demand outstrips supply Glencore, the commodities trader whose May initial public offering raised $10 billion, has just paid $475 million in cash to CST Mining Group for a 70% interest in Marcobre S.A.C., sole owner of the Marcona Copper…

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Japan’s Chemical Reaction

Category: Markets, Trade Data

Trade data captures disruptions in Japan’s organic chemicals exports In our last follow-up on Japan’s triple disaster in March (“Gauging Japan Disaster’s Impact”), we quoted Port of Long Beach spokesman Art Wong on the repercussions for container trade: “Ships take about two weeks to cross the ocean, plus goods were…

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China’s LATAM Connection

Category: Markets, Trade Data

China hitches its growth to emerging market economies The recent HVAC Online story (in which Datamyne stats are cited) on the heat-driven spurt in Colombian imports of Chinese mini split ACs reminds us again just how much and how quickly China has invested itself in Latin American markets. The region…

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China Beckons GMOs

Category: Markets, Trade Data

Sinochem and Monsanto talk about joint venturing Sinochem, China’s state-owned chemicals conglomerate and top exporter, and Monsanto, the US-based provider of agrochemicals and biotechnology aimed at increasing farm productivity, are reported (by the Wall Street Journal) to be talking about expanding their relationship. We’ve covered both companies before: Monsanto because…

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Whisky to Flow Freely

Category: Markets, Trade Policy

And that’s not all as FTAs come into force July 1 Here’s a new take on the classic UK-centric newspaper headline, “Fog in Channel. Continent Cut off.” The BBC reports that “South Korea lifts Scotch whisky import barriers”. True, as far as it goes: Effective today, a new free…

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Troubled Waters

Category: Imports, Markets

Hurricanes, oil spills, and now flooding feed the dead zone The Gulf of Mexico’s “dead zone” is forecast to cover 8,500 to 9,421 square miles – an area the size of New Hampshire – this summer, surpassing the record set in 2002, reports the National Oceanic and Atmospheric…

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