More countries scrutinize foreign efforts to acquire their companies

Apr 9, 2021
The U.S. government is concerned about the national security risks in Chinese companies buying American companies.
The Chinese flag at one of its U.S. consulates. Thursday the Commerce Department stopped seven Chinese firms from buying American-made technologies.
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Tech companies get a win in the USMCA

Dec 11, 2019
The treaty will extend to Canada and Mexico a provision of U.S. law that protects them from being sued for what their users' do.
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Will higher tariffs on Chinese goods lead to inflation?

May 6, 2019
Inflation has been too quiet, according to some economists.
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Cheese in the age of Brexit

Mar 25, 2019
A crumbly cheese, Yorkshire Wensleydale, can teach us something about life in the U.K. after Brexit.
Wensleydale cheese, including a 5.5 pound wheel, at the London cheese shop La Fromagerie. This style of cheese is imported from the town of Bedale in North Yorkshire, England.
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EU and U.S. officials meet to talk trade

Mar 5, 2019
The trade talks will be held in Washington on Wednesday. Last year, a dispute between the two parties erupted over cars  — the Trump administration demanded that the Europeans cut their 10 percent import tariff on American vehicles. In July, a trans-Atlantic truce was reached. But the dispute has since widened beyond cars, and that […]
Flags of the European Union member states hang inside the Council of the European Union's Lex building in Brussels.
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Sanctions sink agreement at Vietnam summit

Feb 28, 2019
Both sides have blamed the other for the failure to reach a deal.
 In this handout photo provided by Vietnam News Agency, U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during their second summit meeting at the Sofitel Legend Metropole hotel on Feb. 28, 2019 in Hanoi, Vietnam.
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U.S. beef exporters worry about losing competitiveness in Japan

Feb 1, 2019
The U.S. is beginning trade talks with Japan, but it's lagging behind European and Asian Pacific countries that already have new trade deals in place.
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What if U.S.-China trade talks fail?

Jan 30, 2019
Chinese and American trade negotiators meet in Washington Wednesday and Thursday to achieve an amicable end to the two countries’ current trade tensions. It won’t be easy. Sure, the United States might lower tariffs in exchange for China taking more of U.S. fossil fuels and soybeans. But the talks could still fail. The Trump administration […]

Pacific Rim nations ring in new year with a trade deal shutting out U.S. farmers

Jan 2, 2019
As of this week, there are some tariffs around the world that are falling. Six Pacific Rim nations, including Japan, Australia and Mexico, are lowering tariffs for a number of products and services, with five other countries set to join in once their governments formally ratify the deal. Notably absent from the party? The United […]

Customs officials struggle with the uptick in volume of goods shipped into the U.S.

Dec 28, 2018
A 2016 law that allows goods from abroad to enter the U.S. duty free as long as they are valued at $800 or less has opened up the door to more counterfeiters.
Customs officers in the DHL warehouse at JFK Airport.
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