Category: Global trade trends

Hopes Are Fading Regarding a New NAFTA Agreement in 2018

Hopes are fading for a successful rewrite of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), at least for this year. Negotiators representing the three countries reportedly appear too far apart to reach a deal before a self-imposed deadline of this week. The geo-political landscape is indeed more tense across many regions, and the reality of globally-extended supply chains remains subject to added risk, cost, or other factors for weeks and possibly months to-come.

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Little Progress in High-Level Trade Talks Among China and the United States

Supply Chain Matters provides a brief but important update to our streaming blog commentaries on global trade developments. New developments that occurred late last week regarding trade talks among China and the U.S. add new credence of the continued negative implications for geo-political global trade policy shifts on multi-industry supply chains, and specifically, the Apple supply chain.

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Global and Regional Trade Developments Move at a Rapid Pace and so Does Uncertainty Levels

Supply Chain Matters is once again compelled to provide a follow-up commentary related to global trade developments, specifically to the Trump Administration’s ongoing Make America Great mantra of aggressive trade actions that are rattling markets and adding to building uncertainty. Events continue to unfold daily, and markets and industries are becoming more concerned.

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Q1-2018 Global Supply Chain Activity Points to Many Caution Signs

Supply Chain Matters has previously cautioned our global based readers that in the current period of robust global supply chain activity, there is a need to pay close attention to the caution signs. With Q1-2018 regional and country-specific PMI indices now reported, those very caution signs are having a discernable impact.

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Global Trade Actions: China Responds to U.S. Steel and Aluminum Import Tariff Actions

China has unveiled retaliatory tariffs on a reported 128 U.S. products that are imported into one of globe’s most significant economy. The actions were characterized as a response to the Trump Administration’s actions on imposing steep tariffs on certain steel and aluminum products imported from China.

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Maersk’s Q4-2017 and Full-Year Financial Performance- Clamor for Higher Rates and Added Profitability

The parent of the largest global ocean container shipping line, A.P. Moeller Maersk has reported Q4-2017 and full-year 2017 financial performance. The global firm’s CEO characterized 2017 as “an unusual and eventful year” and lamented to business media that global ocean container shipping rates are still too low.

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Trump Administration New Trade Tariffs Have Significant Multi-Industry Supply Chain Implications

This Supply Chain Matters commentary reflects of announcements made by the Trump Administration to slap steep tariffs on the importing of solar panels and washing machines into the United States. The takeaway from this week’s trade actions by the United States is the potential trip wire of cascading retaliatory actions that can impact existing industry supply chain sourcing and manufacturing strategies.

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2018 Prediction Deep Dive: Make America Great and Changing Global Trade Policies Will Provide a Challenging Landscape for U.S. and Global Manufacturers

Supply Chain Matters provides a deep-dive perspective on the ten outlined 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains unveiled in mid-December. In this installment, we dive into 2018 Prediction Six: Make America Great and Changing Global Trade Policies Will Provide a Challenging Tactical and Strategic Landscape for U.S. and Global Manufacturers.

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After Fifth Round- NAFTA Modernization Talks Remain Contentious

Trade representatives of Canada, Mexico and the United States completed another five days of NAFTA re-negotiation talks this week which were hosted by Mexico. After this fifth round, the overall mood of these talks remains far less optimistic for a successful overall outcome.

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Upcoming Accenture Academy trendTalk- Managing Supply Chains in a Volatile Geopolitical Era

We advise members of Accenture Academy that Supply Chain Matters Founder and Executive Editor Bob Ferrari will be delivering an upcoming trendTalk web seminar fittingly titled: Managing Supply Chain in a Volatile Geopolitical Era. This exclusive trendTalk is scheduled for September 20 at 10 am Eastern time.

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