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Booming Savannah Port Sees Trade Tensions as Just a Hiccup

Savannah’s ocean ports feature skyscraping silver cranes that stand at attention on the water’s edge. Container ships stretch the length of four football fields, with 40-foot containers stacked behind them like multicolored Lego bricks.[more]


U.K. Just Now Asks Business to Map Supply Chain Ahead of Brexit

U.K. Just Now Asks Business to Map Supply Chain Ahead of Brexit

The U.K. government has asked business groups to map their supply chains to flag the areas of the economy most at risk if Brexit imposes additional trading costs on exporters, two people familiar with the matter said.[more]


U.S. Retail Imports Are Growing Despite Tariff Threats

Imports at U.S. major retail container ports are expected to grow steadily throughout the summer despite the prospect of heavy tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released last week by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.[more]


How Trump's Iran Deal Exit Could Hit Aviation and Car Industries

How Trump's Iran Deal Exit Could Hit Aviation and Car Industries

Billions of dollars of deals signed by international companies with Iran are under threat after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of a “rotten” nuclear deal with Tehran.[more]


China’s ZTE Telecom Firm Suspends Major Operations After U.S. Export Ban

ZTE, one of China's leading technology companies, announced recently that it will end “major operating activities” after the U.S. government barred American firms from doing business with the telecom equipment maker.[more]


U.S. Farmers Are Already Suffering From Lost Chinese Orders for Corn, Soybeans and Pork

The U.S.-China trade spat is cutting into the flow of soybeans, pork and other commodities from U.S. farms to one of the world’s biggest markets.[more]


Companies in U.S. See 2018 Spending Surge as Tariffs Boost Costs

U.S. companies lifted their outlook for investment this year while noting that tariffs will raise prices and cause supply disruptions, according to a private survey.[more]


Tinker, Tailor, Robot Maker: In China, Trade War Threat Casts Long Shadow

Tinker, Tailor, Robot Maker: In China, Trade War Threat Casts Long Shadow

At its high-tech laboratories in the Chinese manufacturing hub of Shenzhen, Beike Biotechnology is developing medical robots that could help treat cancer. It has big plans to export these to markets like the United States.[more]


Trump’s Solar Tariffs Cause a Scramble in the Industry

SunPower is the nation’s No. 2 commercial solar-power company, employing thousands of workers directly and indirectly. But it makes most of its solar panels abroad, and with the tariffs recently imposed by President Trump costing it as much as $2m a week, SunPower is fighting for an exemption.[more]


As Sino-U.S. Trade Tension Simmers, Should American Tech Firms in China Worry?

As Sino-U.S. Trade Tension Simmers, Should American Tech Firms in China Worry?

With trade tensions escalating between the United States and China, fears are growing that American technology companies could be hit in the next round of tit for tat moves between the world's two biggest economies.[more]


Maersk Wants to Take Down Global Food Loss

Maersk and Rockstart, a European startup accelerator, have partnered in an initiative called FoodTrack to foster startups with ideas for tackling global food loss.[more]


Sorghum, Targeted by Tariffs, Is a U.S. Crop China Started Buying Only Five Years Ago

When China slapped import duties on U.S. sorghum last week, it targeted an annual trade flow worth almost $1bn that didn't exist five years ago.[more]


IMF Says the Global Smartphone Boom Has Reached Its Peak

The global smartphone boom that’s helped propel Asia’s economic growth and reshape trade channels in recent years may have peaked.[more]


U.K. Manufacturing Quality Hampered by Supply Chain Issues, Survey Says

Achieving quality in the supply chain is a major concern for manufacturers, and access to good raw materials is a growing issue, a survey of 200 U.K. manufacturers has found.[more]


Huge Break for Auto Companies As China Removes Ownership Caps

China will let foreign automakers from Volkswagen AG to Ford Motor Co. own more than 50 percent of local ventures, removing a two-decade restriction and giving a boost to global companies seeking to capture a greater share of the world’s largest car market.[more]


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