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Trade showdown

The next round of tariff hearings are kicking off in Washington this week

by Kai Ryssdal and Maria Hollenhorst Jun 18, 2019
As the list of proposed tariffs grows, so do the number of people wishing to testify, says Lisa Trofe, one of 300 witnesses at public hearings this week.
China Shipping cargo containers at the Port of Oakland in California in 2018.
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How long will the trade war with China last?

by Scott Tong May 13, 2019
The U.S. has raised tariffs on Chinese goods, and now China has retaliated.
A container ship unloads its cargo at the main port terminal in Long Beach, California, on May 10. China warned on May 13 that it will "never surrender to external pressure" after the United States ordered tariffs on almost all Chinese exports.
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Five things to watch in trade in 2019

by Tracey Samuelson Dec 27, 2018
2018 was a busy year for U.S. trade policy and the 2019 outlook looks just as hectic.
New foreign cars are seen parked at the Dundalk Marine Terminal on March 9, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.
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China's growth slowdown is more than what meets the eye

by Tracey Samuelson Dec 14, 2018
We got some data out of China today that showed slowing growth in retail sales and factory output at three-year lows. Add to that some meh car sales and weak consumer sentiment. In short, economic growth is the world’s second…
Trade showdown

Trump hits the pause button on raising tariffs on Chinese goods

by Kai Ryssdal and Jennifer Pak Dec 3, 2018
The U.S. has delayed a tariff hike for 90 days while it negotiates with China.
At a news stand in Beijing, a newspaper features a story about the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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Trade showdown

Electronics makers caught in the trade war

by Kai Ryssdal and Sean McHenry Nov 15, 2018
For one electronics maker, over half of their components come from China. They're on the tariff list.
Close of the motherboard of a digital decoder at the Technicolor plant on October 24, 2012 in Angers. The Commercial Court of Nanterre ordered last week the liquidation of the plant, the last production unit of the French group in Europe, specializing in the manufacture of digital decoders. 
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Trade showdown

U.S. crude oil exports to China drop to nearly zero amid trade war

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 15, 2018
In the first half of 2018, China was the biggest buyer of U.S. crude oil. In August and September, they barely bought any. Energy reporter Rebecca Elliott wrote about the sudden drop-off in the Wall Street Journal, and we talked to…

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Trade showdown

U.S. crude oil exports to China drop to nearly zero amid trade war

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 15, 2018
In the first half of 2018, China was the biggest buyer of U.S. crude oil. In August and September, they barely bought any. Energy reporter Rebecca Elliott wrote about the sudden drop-off in the Wall Street Journal, and we talked to…
My Economy

This handbag company is grappling with a new tariff reality

by Maria Hollenhorst Oct 8, 2018
"We are confident we'll be able to weather it, but it definitely has us making some tough decisions," said Deepa Gandhi, co-founder and COO of Dagne Dover, a handbag and accessories company.
Dagne Dover Co-Founders, Jessy Dover, Deepa Gandhi (center) and Melissa Mash at their New York headquarters.
Courtesy of Dagne Dover
Trade showdown

Exemptions for steel tariffs are still in limbo

by Amy Scott and Phoebe Unterman Oct 2, 2018
We check in with a stainless steel producer who is still trying to get reimbursed for tariffs he believes he wrongfully paid.
Steel is loaded onto a truck for shipping at the NLMK Indiana steel mill in March in Portage, Indiana.
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