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US report says developing countries should divesify their shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
INVESTING IN HUMAN CAPITAL: It’s become more important for developing countries since global commodity prices dropped.

UN Report: Commodity-Dependent Developing Countries Need To Diversify Their Economies

Without a renewed commitment to policy change, commodity-dependent developing countries (CDDCs), are set to lag behind countries with more diverse economies in their social and economic achievements by 2030. That was the main conclusion of a report released today by UNCTAD and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The Commodities and Development Report 2017 argues this is a … Read More

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UK-EU Brexit Agreement: Not Yet a Done Deal

Toughest Issues Come in Next Phase of Negotiations

The headlines last week screamed of a breakthrough in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union over the UK’s exit from the EU, suggesting that it was a done deal and predicting smooth sailing from here on. That’s not exactly accurate. The hear the participants tell it, “sufficient progress” was made in… Read More

Tax Reform, Part 2: Implications for US Manufacturers With Foreign Subsidiaries

The Senate Adds Additional Complexity and Sophistication on International Tax Provisions

The Senate’s version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) was passed on December 2 by a vote of 51 to 49 and makes fairly consistent fundamental changes to the tax treatment of US manufacturing companies with operations abroad, as compared to the House version. The Senate version, however, appears to add additional complexity… Read More

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Mexico's excellent transportation infrastructure expedites shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
MADE IN MEXICO: A worker in Chignahuapan, Puebla, Mexico, prepares a hand-made glass Christmas ornament.
Ambrose Conroy 12:02 AM  12/7/2017

Global Logistics Planning Guide: POLITICAL FUTBOL

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect in 1994, Mexico’s low labor costs have made it a prime location for U.S. companies to base their manufacturing. Initially, there was a correlation between low quality and the low costs of goods made in Mexico. However, over time costs have remained only a fraction of the costs of manufacturing in the United States and China, while quality has risen to world-class levels. The benefits of operating in Mexico are many—it’s one of the … Read More

Brexit could impact shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
WHAT THE UK NEEDS: Another Churchill to let the EU know where it stands.
Andrew Lawler 12:08 AM  12/6/2017

SOUNDINGS

EU ministers are still spooked by Brexit and what it all will mean. Expect them to huff and puff and threaten to blow Britain’s economy down, especially as negotiations continue to stall over the terms they had originally mandated. For its part, Britain will go deep into its playbook to negotiate its own version of what a favorable outcome looks like. And they know how to play the game. Keep in mind that for hundreds of years—right up until the … Read More

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EU-UK agreement would govern shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
IRELAND-NORTHERN IRELAND BORDER: Its status was the toughest issue resolved in the recent Brexit talks.

UK-EU Brexit Agreement: Not Yet a Done Deal

Peter Buxbaum 12:31 AM  12/11/2017

The headlines last week screamed of a breakthrough in the negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union over the UK’s exit from the EU, suggesting that it was a done deal and predicting smooth sailing from here on. That’s not exactly accurate. The hear the participants tell it, “sufficient progress” was made in the talks, not exactly Kumbaya. The … Read More

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Mexico's excellent transportation infrastructure expedites shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
MADE IN MEXICO: A worker in Chignahuapan, Puebla, Mexico, prepares a hand-made glass Christmas ornament.

Global Logistics Planning Guide: POLITICAL FUTBOL

Ambrose Conroy 12:02 AM  12/7/2017

Since the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect in 1994, Mexico’s low labor costs have made it a prime location for U.S. companies to base their manufacturing. Initially, there was a correlation between low quality and the low costs of goods made in Mexico. However, over time costs have remained only a fraction of the costs of manufacturing in … Read More

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Expansion will allow port to handle more shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
THE CORPUS CHRISTI SHIP CHANNEL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT: Allows safe passage of deep draft vessels.

TEXAS ELITE CITIES FOR BUSINESS

Katie Kuehner-Hebert 12:02 AM  9/27/2017

The Port of Corpus Christi–already the No. 1 exporter of U.S. crude oil in the nation–is about to embark on a channel improvement project that will further boost the resurgence of the American energy sector. The Port of Corpus Christi Authority Commission and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in September executed a project partnership agreement for the deepening and widening … Read More

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Education programs for executives in companies with shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
THE FIRST COHORT OF STUDENTS SURROUNDS SIR JAMES DYSON (Image: Dyson Institute of Engineering and Technology)
Todd Mathews 12:04 AM  9/28/2017

USD OFFERS M.B.A. WITH OPERATIONS AND SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIZATION

The University of South Dakota Beacom School of Business now offers an online Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) with Operations and Supply Chain Management specialization. Enrollees “benefit from in-depth study of supply chain management, lean management, quality control and other topics relevant in today’s rapidly evolving global market,” according to Beacom School of Business officials. In addition to the core M.B.A. courses that prepare students for leadership in any business role, those on the Operations and Supply Chain Management tract can … Read More

Technology is important to managing shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
EDUCATION IS CRITICAL TO MANAGING GLOBAL SUPPLY CHAINS: Supply-chain managers must be encouraged to stay current with the latest global disruptions.
Michael Womack 1:40 AM  8/21/2017

The Modern Supply Chain: Education & Training

The modern supply chain is a complex weave of new technology and legacy systems all working toward the same goal, to keep products moving. New technology and the rapid rate of adoption is leaving many in the supply-chain industry wondering how they can keep up. Furthermore, as the industry continues to struggle with finding new talent to bolster its workforce, businesses are often left understaffed while managing a more complex supply network. With all these disruptions the industry faces today, an … Read More

Game teaches students about shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.
STUDENTS ARE DIVIDED INTO TEAMS FOR INTERNATIONAL TRADE GAME: Each team functions as individual countries to compete in manufacturing and selling products to a trader.
GT Staff 2:31 AM  3/15/2017

WATCH: Gaming International Trade

When teaching the course International Economics at the NYU Florence campus, Professor Giampiero Gallo organizes a modified version of the International Trade Game. Students are divided into teams – functioning as individual countries – and compete to manufacture and sell products to a trader at posted prices, which can vary with supply and demand. Students soon understand that they need to make decisions on the group’s strategies and to negotiate with other groups regarding the use of technology, buying raw materials, … Read More

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Global organizations now deliver shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade almost anywhere on the globe.
THE NEW MODEL FOR GLOBAL ORGANIZATIONS: There are no limits to the products they offer, and few limits on where they can ship.

The Visible Supply Chain

Peter Edlund 12:45 AM  12/4/2017

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