Category: Global Trade Issues

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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The Time Clock for Brexit Grows Closer and so are the Industry Supply Chain Implications

One year from tomorrow, the United Kingdom is scheduled to leave the European Union and the realities of that action are now manifesting themselves across multi-industry supply chains in thoughts, concerns and actions.

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Breaking News- Trump Administration Indeed Announces New Trade and Tariff Actions Relative to China

President Donald Trump indicated this afternoon that the United States is planning to levy tariffs on about $60 billion of designated imports from China, as well as impose restrictions on technology transfers to pressure China to curtail what the U.S. considers unfair trading and investment practices.

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Trump Administration Now Threatening Tariffs on China Imports- Prepare for Industry Supply Chain Volatility and Active Scenario Analysis

Supply Chain Matters alerts readers to growing speculation that the Trump Administration is seeking to impose tariffs on upwards of $30-$60 billion of Chinese imports. Such tariff actions should trike immediate alarm bells for technology and other industry supply chains.

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A Milestone Day in Global Trade- CPTPP

Today, Thursday, March 8, 2018is significant for certain global supply chains. It includes the conclusion of celebrations of the Lunar New Year festivals and the initial signing of the CPTPP global trade agreement.

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North America Lumber Price Hikes and Supply Shortages- Are Similar Type Scenarios Destined to Occur?

Supply Chain Matters highlights current significant price hikes and severe supply shortages occurring in the North America based lumber supply sector. The same scenario could play out in metals under similar conditions.

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Breaking- President Trump Declares Intent to Pose Tariffs on Steel and Aluminum Imports

President Donald Trump today announced his intention to impose steep global tariffs on U.S. steel and aluminum imports, contrary to counsel from some trade advisors. Such an action could likely have an added cost impact for many U.S. manufacturers and their associated inbound component costs that have relied on imports of steel and aluminum.

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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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What to Expect in the Coming Year: Supply Chain Matters 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains

On an annual basis, the Ferrari Consulting and Research Group provides a series of supply chain management predictions for the coming year. The Supply Chain Matters blog unveils the first five 2018 Predictions for Industry and Global Supply Chains.

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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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