Topic Category: Trade & Finance

Each day thousands of freight trains and commercial trucks chug across national borders delivering vital supplies. Hulking ships carry the largest of material slabs and the smallest of cogs over international waters. The movement of commerce buzzes around the globe as nations contribute to the economic health and welfare of each other. But what happens to companies when seemingly reliable supply chains are disrupted or break down?

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In today’s dynamic and fast paced global environment, maintaining a strong and secure global supply chain is critical. But just as essential is the financial supply chain, which involves all transactions relating to cash flow from the buyer's purchase order through payment to the seller.

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It is generally understood by Members of Congress, journalists and the public that exports are good for the American economy. They generate revenue, are responsible for a significant portion of U.S. economic growth, and contribute to employment. But what about imports?

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There has been more buzz about the prospects for trade liberalization this year than at any time since the first term of President George W. Bush. It appears that some may be mistaking the chatter for actual accomplishment.

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The beginning of March 2013 was marked by three important milestones in the unfolding transformation of the global order, each culminating processes that have been playing out since late 2012: The death of Hugo Chavez, the ascension of Xi Jinping as the President of the People’s Republic of China, and the implementation of draconian federal budget cuts in the United States.

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Commercial letters of credit (CLCs) are the most actively used structured payment instruments in international trade. They have been available for decades — long enough for exporters to have figured out how to effectively use them. If only this were true. In reality, large numbers of exporters are not aware of the pitfalls.

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In the past decade, Latin America has appeared more visibly on the radar screens of many companies considering expansion of their global footprint. More of these companies today are deciding to set up manufacturing facilities, distribution centers or services operations in this market. Since 2003, nearly 8,000 international companies have established new “greenfield” operations in Latin America, creating almost 1.2 million new jobs.

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After last year’s leadership transition, many U.S. firms doing business in China hoped to see an expansion of trade and an easing of regulations in 2013. The sudden openness of the Chinese media and Xi Jinping’s apparent crackdown on corruption has fueled this speculation. Unfortunately, this year is shaping up to be nearly as vexing for foreign companies as last year.

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Recessions bring out the worst in people. The search for economic scapegoats almost always turns to trade. People want to pull up the drawbridge to imports, further reducing growth around the world. Americans have benefited greatly from the increasingly globalized economy. Yet trade growth, which fueled years of global economic expansion, has slowed. David Smick, publisher of The International Economy, warned of the potential crack-up of “the globalization model of the past thirty years.”

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The United States and Canada have achieved a level of international business and economic integration like no other two countries in the world. The U.S.-Canada Free Trade Agreement of 1989, which evolved into the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), has helped make this a reality. And U.S. and Canadian transportation systems, including international bridges, railways, highways, waterways and airports, also are a major contributing factor.

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