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Trade showdown

Ahead of a U.S.-China trade deal, uncertainty still dominates the steel business

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Jan 14, 2020
We look back at the chaos tariffs have inflicted on RM Metals in New Jersey.
Steel coils produced at the NLMK Indiana mill are prepared for shipping in Portage, Indiana, in 2018.
Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Trade showdown

More of your trade war questions, answered

by Janet Nguyen and Kimberly Adams Jan 14, 2020
The U.S. and China are set to complete phase one of a trade agreement. Here are some of your questions, answered.
President Donald Trump shakes hands with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He in the Oval Office at the White House in October.
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There's a deal on the horizon, but has the trade war helped the economy?

by Marketplace Staff Dec 31, 2019
The negative effects of tariffs outweigh any protection the manufacturing industry gets, a Federal Reserve report says.
President Donald Trump speaks to autoworkers at the American Center for Mobility in 2017 in Ypsilanti, Michigan.
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My Economy

Seaweed sellers worry about tariffs, too

by Sean McHenry Dec 26, 2019
Fiona Houston co-founded Mara Seaweed five years ago. The company is expanding, but tariffs and geopolitics have been concerning.
Fiona Houston, co-founder of Mara Seaweed, harvesting off the Scottish coast.
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Trade showdown

Trump says U.S., China have reached a deal; new tariffs are canceled

by Associated Press Dec 13, 2019
The Chinese have agreed to purchases of American manufactured products as part of a so-called Phase 1 deal, according to the president's Twitter account.
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Trade showdown

Tariff land: How farmers in Iowa are dealing with the trade war

by Daisy Palacios and Kai Ryssdal Dec 12, 2019
China was the United States’ biggest customer of soybeans, but the trade war changed that.
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The top body at the WTO is about to stop functioning

by Sabri Ben-Achour Dec 5, 2019
The Appellate Body, a supreme court of trade, will effectively be no more.
The World Trade Organization headquarters in Geneva.
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For a British honey shop, Brexit uncertainty still looms

by Kai Ryssdal and Bennett Purser Dec 4, 2019
Holiday sales will help From Field and Flower, but Brexit could bring tariffs of up to 40%.
Samantha Wallace sources most of her honey from small producers in Europe. Above, worker bees process honey while others seal the honeycomb full of honey with white wax.
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New Trump administration tariffs mix currency dynamics into the trade war

by Kimberly Adams Dec 2, 2019
The president said Monday he’ll bring back import taxes on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina.
"Brazil and Argentina have been presiding over a massive devaluation of their currencies," President Donald Trump tweeted this morning.
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Small retailers face the extra challenge of negotiating tariffs

by Andy Uhler Nov 28, 2019
Big retailers can negotiate to keep tariff-induced price hikes at bay. That's hard for small businesseses.