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UK SME Strategies for Brexit’s Uncertainty
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Despite the ongoing exit of Britain from the European Union, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are still keen on boosting their sales all over Europe. These enterprises are significant in the UK as they account for 50% of its turnover and a significant number of private sector employments. How the businesses will deal with the Brexit uncertainty is, therefore, very vital. 

 

Effects of Brexit on the UK 

Britain-Europe relationship is facing a lot of uncertainty, a condition that has led to the weakening of the Sterling Pound against the Euro resulting in the...

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Package Outcomes for Free Trade 2018 
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The Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership coalition of ministers for trade of the concerned countries is on the verge of concluding the six-year negotiation on free trade. The Minister for Trade and Industry of Singapore, Chan Chung Sing urges the negotiators to be flexible enough to reach a conclusion and seize the opportunity to end the talks with a credible package for free trade by the end of 2018. 

 

The Tokyo Convention 

On July 1st, the ministers of trade of Singapore and Japan, together with other representatives from Australia, Vietnam, Laos, New Zealand,...

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Europe To Apply U.S. Tarrif Countermeasures
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The G7 summit held in Charlevoix, Quebec, on Saturday ended on a negative note. After two days of very difficult meetings mainly focusing on the protectionist stance taken by the U.S., tensions escalated after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that Trump’s tariffs were insulting in the closing conference. The US president reacted with a Twitter tirade soon after, and true to his signature unpredictable and incendiary responses, he announced that he had ordered his representatives not to honour the Communique, due to Trudeau’s false remarks made after he had left...

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African Continent Edges Closer to Trade Agreement
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The Rwandan capital of Kigali was the stage for the signing of the African Continental Trade Agreement (CFTA) by 44 of the continent’s 55 nations. With the aim of creating a single market for goods and services on the African continent covering 1.2 billion people, it would be the largest trade agreement reached since the World Trade Organisation was created in 1995. 

 

Two Notable Absentees 

However two of the nations not to sign up to the agreement in Kigali were Nigeria and South Africa, two of the largest economies on the continent. Nigeria cited fear of the deal...

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Trade Dispute Between the US and China Might Return
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China and the United States declared a truce in their current trade conflict . Consequently, this has lightened tensions, stopped the immediate threat of the United States tariffs on China’s goods plus cheered stock markets. 

 

Long-run Picture Might Not Be Bright 

The outcome of the talks has made the supporters of Trump's American First policies upset, left key differences untouched plus kept alive the possibility of a disastrous trade war between the two biggest economies in the world. A vague statement that the two nations released stated next to nothing...

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The Consequences of U.S Move on the Iran Nuclear Deal
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The decision of President Trump to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal has elicited mixed reactions from world leaders as they ponder the consequences of this action. European leaders have been working on convincing the U.S to maintain the partnership but failed. This move may cost the UK big as it further jeopardises the trans-Atlantic relations that have been affected by Trump’s protectionism stance since he took office. The French finance minister, Bruno Le Maire, said that European nations needed to avoid playing ‘vassal’ to the U.S and take a harder position on the U.S...

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The German-Chinese Trade Quagmire
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Germany has been Europe’s leading economic pillar in the recent years. One of its essential revenue sources is its trade partnership with China. In the past few years, for instance, it sold millions of vehicles to China making it the top car exporter from the region. One of Germany’s influential firms is the Bauer Group, an engineering and construction company that has invested heavily in China. Recently, with the new rule of China’s president Xi Jinping, the honeymoon seems to be over. Deutschland AG advised on the need for any German investor seeking to invest in...

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EU's Largest Trade Deal Finalised with Japan
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After 4 years and 18 rounds of negotiation, the EU has finalised the details of a trade agreement with Japan. The agreement represents the EU’s biggest ever trade deal, with the two partners making up almost one third of the world’s GDP through a combined population of 600 million people. The deal will see tariffs either removed or sharply cut, making exports to Japan easier. The trade agreement is being referred to as a rebuff to protectionism, and providing the political will of the nations involved remains supportive, it could be implemented later this year or early 2019.

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German Exporters are Anxious in the Face of Rising Trade Barriers
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In a recent survey called Going International conducted by the Deutscher Industrie und Handelskammertag, the DIHK (the Association of German Chambers of Commerce and Industry), 40 percent of the 2,100 German exporters expressed frustations with increasing barriers to trade. Specifically, the multitude of certifications and security requirements that have appeared over the last few years  – in addition to increasing tariffs – have made things difficult for German export firms. The survey results are alaming and there are signs that uncertainty in the...

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The Risks Involved in Export Management
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Due to accumulating outstanding invoices, the risk management of exports differs sharply from the domestic risks. Additionally, while trading in a different country you will certainly have to face various hurdles that you might not face in your own country. Some of the risks include the following:

 

1. Currency

More often than not, the currency of another country will be totally different from the one in your home country. Another factor that might prove to be quite problematic is the exchange rate. To counter these problems just ensure that you perform business quotations first in the...

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