U.S. trade deficit shrinks as exports rise

Aug 4, 2022
The deficit shrank 6% in June on record exports. Sending liquefied natural gas to Europe played a part in that.
U.S. exports have jumped, partially due to an uptick in demand for liquefied natural gas in Europe.
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These small businesses still feel supply chain pressures, even if data says they're easing

Jul 19, 2022
Shipping costs, wait times and sourcing materials are still a big problem for business owners in South Carolina and Calif.
Some businesses have had to adjust shipping strategies — like opting to ship by rail — to circumvent delays at ports.
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China’s efforts to address domestic problems can lead to global challenges

Restrictions on exports like fertilizer and steel have major economic ramifications for trading partners.
When the prices of fertilizer began to increase last year, China moved to restrict fertilizer exports. Above, workers move bags of fertilizer in China's northwest Qinghai province in 2005.
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The trade deficit was partly to blame for the hit to GDP. But there's a silver lining.

Apr 28, 2022
Global turmoil put a cap on U.S. exports, while the easing of supply chain snags allowed Americans to import more.
More imports and fewer exports caused a slight dip in GDP, but that's giving the supply chain a chance to recover.
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Trade deals improve relations with U.S. allies — gradually

Mar 23, 2022
A new trade deal with the U.K. will erase Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum imported into the U.S., and motorcycles and whiskey exported to the U.K.
Shipping containers at Seaforth Dock in Liverpool. In the latest trade deal, U.S. tariffs are being replaced with import quotas.
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Outsider trading: A year after Brexit, how 5 small UK companies have fared

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Jan 5, 2022
Small British exporters reflect on their first full year of doing business as non-EU members. How do they feel about Brexit now?
Scarves depict the British and European Union flags. Exporters in different industries have had varied experiences with the new conditions of cross-border trade.
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Potato wart outbreak leads to Canada stopping its spuds from heading to U.S.

Dec 24, 2021
Every year, Canada ships enough potatoes to starch up about 9 million Americans.
A potato wart outbreak has lead to an potato export ban from the Canada to the U.S.
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What's behind the jump in U.S. exports?

Dec 7, 2021
Hurricane Ida held back oil and gas exports in September, so there was a big backlog that rushed out in October, shrinking the trade deficit.
U.S. manufacturers are stepping in to meet global demand as other countries may just be starting to reactivate their industries. Above, a truck passes shipping containers at the Port of Los Angeles.
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Why everything is “out of stock” right now

Oct 11, 2021
Four charts and a new series to help you understand ongoing product shortages.
Patrick Baranic, general manager of the Marine Exchange of Southern California, discusses the delays at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach with “Marketplace’s” Kai Ryssdal.
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Brexit trade frictions with the EU rile UK exporters

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Mar 18, 2021
Fishermen, farmers and musicians in Britain complain about the new post-Brexit barriers to doing business with the EU.
U.K. fishermen, among others, have suffered large losses because of barriers to trade with the EU.
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