I’m kicking off some research and writing on global trade compliance. During this research, I’ll be talking to many of the solution providers in this market. My first calls were with with Descartes and SAP. Both are leaders in this market. I had interesting conversations with Jackson Wood- director of industry strategy for global trade […]
Supply chain is once again front-page news in the general business media. Meanwhile, supply shortages and price inflation are getting the front page in consumer-focused publications and plenty of airtime on televised news. And rightfully so. Many consumers, including myself, become irritated by the sight of empty store shelves where our favorite consumer goods are […]
Congressional democrats and the Biden administration are seeking to pass a $3.5 trillion tax-and-spending bill. In recent days, the Washington Post reports, Democrats have proposed many new policies and tax credits. These policies are designed to spur clean energy production, reduce carbon usage, and encourage Americans to buy environmentally friendly autos. The plan includes a […]
The logistics industry continues to outperform macroeconomic growth rates due to a number of factors. GDP aggregates, international trade, and manufacturing and logistics service activities remain strong. Growth rates and activity remains robust due in part to the acceleration to e-commerce and direct-to-consumer fulfillment. Although growth continues, activity levels across a number of indicators remain below pre-Covid-19 levels. World Trade Organization (WTO), US GDP, and purchasing managers indexes all suggest […]
First conceived at the 19th ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Summit in Bali, Indonesia, way back in 2011, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) finally came into fruition on November 15 at this year’s 37th ASEAN Summit. In line with these pandemic times, while the ASEAN meeting was nominally held in Hanoi, Vietnam, it […]
U.S. companies that conduct significant volumes of cross-border manufacturing and trade with Mexico have had to contend with a variety of challenges since 2019, including tariff threats, the impact of COVID-19 on the supply chain and the subsequent challenges of restarting idled manufacturing, and the forthcoming implementation of the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).
China is the largest source of imports (2018) for 9 of the 10 Southeast Asian economies and the largest or second largest export market (2018) for seven of the countries in the region, Indeed, as an economic bloc, Southeast Asia is China’s second largest overall trading partner, trailing the EU but ahead of the USA. […]