June 25, 2014
By Pat Rosenstiel, Exectuvie Director of TAPP
For over 80 years, the Export-Import Bank (Ex-Im Bank) has provided American industry with the same competitive advantage assured to foreign businesses that receive export incentives from their own governments. In a global economy that does not always adhere to the free market ideals of our own, the Ex-Im Bank provides security for the jobs and opportunities that are created by exporting...
June 24, 2014
By Carlos Gutierrez

Two billion people in the Asia-Pacific region have reached the middle class. By 2020, another 1.2 billion will join them. No wonder U.S. businesses are increasingly looking across the Pacific in search of growth.

Unfortunately, Congress is undermining their efforts. Several lawmakers are opposing the Obama administration's push to conclude negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Trade...

April 14, 2014
By Peter Kenny

GENEVA—The World Trade Organization narrowly upgraded its 2014 forecast for global trade but cautioned that growth remained well below the long-term average.

The Geneva-based trade body Monday raised its estimate for growth in the value of trade in goods to 4.7% from 4.5% as economic growth showed signs of recovery. Despite the improvement, the forecast remained below the 5.3% average...

April 11, 2014
By Erik Johnson

Failure by Japanese and U.S. negotiators to reach a Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement is making headlines across Japan and raising concerns about the implications for U.S. President Barack Obama’s trip here later this month.

But as two U.S. congressional representatives and a Washington-based group opposed to the TPP said Friday morning, such commentary obscures a more important...

April 9, 2014
Via Indy Star
By Michael Ducker - President, FedEx International

Starting this month, huge Boeing 777 cargo aircraft will begin streaming in and out of Indianapolis four nights a week coming from the new FedEx Express hub in Osaka, Japan. Locating our FedEx North Pacific Regional Hub on the western edge of Japan is partly due to a combination of geography, flight optimization, package consolidation, and something the Kansai International Airport (KIX)...

April 7, 2014
Via Reuters
By Kiyoshi Takenaka

(Reuters) - Japan and Australia clinched a basic trade deal on Monday to cut import tariffs, as U.S. and Japanese officials stepped up efforts to reach a parallel agreement that would re-energise stalled talks on a broader regional pact.

The agreement between Japan and Australia comes as the United States and Japan push for their own two-way trade deal - a key component of a broader U.S...

April 4, 2014
By David Ignatious

Name a foreign policy issue on which China and most of the rest of the world’s nations are struggling to keep up with a U.S. initiative. If you guessed “free trade,” you’re correct.

In a season that has mostly brought reversals for Obama administration efforts abroad, the free-trade agenda keeps on chugging. The massive weight of the U.S. economy creates incentives for cooperation with...

April 2, 2014
By Michael Green & Matthew P. Goodman

Editor’s note: Michael Green is senior vice president for Asia at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and a professor at Georgetown University. He served on the National Security Council staff in the George W. Bush administration. Matthew P. Goodman, a former member of the NSC staff in the Obama administration, is chair in political economy at CSIS. The views expressed are their...

March 28, 2014
Via ABC News
By Joyce M. Rosenberg

Small businesses may get an export boom under trade agreements the federal government is hammering out with Pacific and European countries.

Just 1 percent of U.S. companies export. Overseas markets represent a huge opportunity for small businesses that want to increase their revenue, but expensive tariffs, burdensome paperwork and delays in customs makes doing business with some...

March 24, 2014
By Patrick Mendis

Every year, America celebrates the birthday of President George Washington, the founder of our nation. A far less recognized but momentous event in the world's history purposefully occurred on his 52nd birthday; the new nation officially inaugurated the commercial relationship with China in the dawn of American Independence. In 1784 -- exactly 230 years ago -- the Empress of China made its...