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EU Trade Barriers and Potential Japanese Agreement
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New trade barriers have been introduced against the EU in 2016 marking a 10% increase from the current 372 at the end of the year as experienced by over 50 business destinations globally. The therefore lost EU exports which are worth around €27 billion could be adversely affected by the 36 barriers created in 2016. The European Commission has, however, made a commendable move in removing at least 20 obstacles which were hindering European exports, with this success credited to its practical Market Access Strategy. 


Countries with the Largest Trade Barriers 

The Trade...

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China plans to build a new silk road
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China is planning to build the largest-sprawling infrastructure project. Dubbed the Belt and Road project, it aims at developing trade links covering over 60 countries. It is the equivalent of the ancient Silk Road trade route that connected China, Africa, Europe and Central Asia. The plan has been described as the largest infrastructure project in the world. It is estimated that China already invests £115 billion ($150 billion) annually, and has already spent £692 billion ($900 billion) on the project so far. The project will involve a sea route that links the southern coast of...

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Getting Started in B2B Ecommerce – Why Consumer Solutions Don't Fit
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There's no denying the revolution that's occurred in ecommerce over the last decade. From being a novel approach that lost the likes of Amazon millions each year, it's now firmly in the mainstream and threatening the very existence of many offline retail verticals. However, this superheated expansion has been largely in the consumer arena, with B2B ecommerce lagging behind in many respects. Why is this?


The Differences Between B2C and B2B

In B2C, a huge consideration is in making the shopping process as easy as possible. Consumer purchases are often low in value, and can...

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Why a review on the export target in India has to be done
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Trade is a major contributor to the Indian GDP. Exports, in particular, make up to 20% of the GDP. The export of goods and services has created numerous job opportunities: Approximately 50 million sells abroad are said to create over 1 million jobs. In 2020 the exports from India were estimated to hit 900 billion. This target mark might not happen for some reasons. This is why the government is reviewing the export targets.

Global challenges have been said to affect the 2020 target of 900 billion. Experts also say it will be hard to even gather 750 billion from exports. Just like...

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Difficoult relations between the USA and Germany
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Germany has had the privilege of enjoying a number of trade-related surpluses over the years. This is with a good reason especially considering they are one of the world's top exporters in the European Union and have close trading ties with the USA.


Long existing trade deficit

However, the recent past has seen a lot of backlashes especially coming from the Trump administration. The administration seems to be unhappy with the trade deficit that the USA has with Germany. Although it is something worth looking into, it may be an unwarranted move especially considering Germany's...

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Debt and Downgrades – Why did Moody's downgrade China?
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In an unfortunate turn of events for China, Moody's has downgraded their credit rating leaving shares in dismay. Consequently, the debt of the country is rapidly rising and will rise further if it isn't remedied swiftly. Shock in China ensued this Wednesday when their credit rating dropped for the first time since 1989. However, this wasn't entirely a surprise as many people have stated the downgrade was inevitable as there had been concerns for some time.


Action was expected due to increasing debt

The drop from Aa3 to A1 has been on the mind of many anxious...

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Russia's trade growth showing positive signs
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Economic growth in Russia has slowed down owing to sanctions imposed by other governments for its role in the Ukraine crisis in the last two years. While the recent visit by German Chancellor Angela Merkel provided some hope that the issue of sanctions would come up, it did not feature much in their discussions. Nonetheless, the German chancellor said she hoped some sanctions may be lifted, under the condition that Russia shows significant progress in adhering to the Minsk peace plan. Especially Merkel has been a vocal supporter of the sanctions since the seizure of the Crimea...

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New Trade Agreement between America and China
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A sign progress was announced in April for a trade deal between America and China. Finally the U.S President, Donald Trump and the President of the Republic of China, Xi Jinping, came to an agreement at their Mar-a-Lago meeting on trade partnership. The meeting's aim was in advancing U.S-China economy.


First results of the 100 day plan

During the meeting, the nations agreed on the economic cooperation of a hundred day plan under the support of the U.S.-China Comprehensive Economic Negotiation. The Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross of the...

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British Manufacturers Surprise With Growth
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The expected slowdown of the UK's exports has not occured as economists had anticipated. It was attributed to the EU referendum in July which saw consumers and manufacturers looking forward to economic chaos and the plummeting of sterling. The UK discussion of the Brexit was and is also another key factor that economists use as a measure of UK’s hold up to its exports. This expectancy has, however, not come to pass as UK industries escalate their production and enjoy the biggest export growth to a three-year high in April 2017.


Highest expansion rate since...

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Inside Story
German Export Surplus – Justified?!
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Not too long ago Donald Trump issued complaints about the numerous German cars on American roads compared to the number of American cars that were bought by Germans. There have been many debates around this issue of Germany running a surplus in foreign markets, but some German experts refute the claims: This surplus be a reflection of the products the market wants. 

The reasons for Germany's surplus are complex

While trade experts argue, that for America to export more to Germany, they have to excel in producing better cars, the reasons for...

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