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    The Sweet Fruits of Free Trade

    After years of delays and renegotiations, a free trade agreement between the United States and South Korea (KORUS) finally took effect four months ago. Some parts of the U.S. economy are already bearing sweet fruit. As of this year, cherry growers in Washington have shipped 368,000 boxes of fresh cherries … More

    How Trade Agreements Can Promote U.S. Constitutional Values

    The United States is currently engaged in a trade negotiation known as the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) with eight other Pacific Rim countries. Public Citizen recently posted a leaked draft of the agreement’s proposed language on international investment. If the information they posted is accurate, it’s good news for those … More

    U.S. Free Trade Agreement with Colombia Enters into Force Today -- Finally!

    Following through on President Obama’s announcement last month in Cartagena that the U.S.–Colombia Trade Promotion Agreement will take effect on May 15, 2012, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack made the following statement: Beginning today, U.S. agricultural exporters receive duty-free access on more than half of the products we currently … More

    A New Trend on Trade in North Carolina

    North Carolinians, like many Americans, are concerned that opening the door to foreign companies will result in the loss of jobs, hurting the economic livelihood of the state and its residents. North Carolina’s elected officials have reflected their concerns on free trade through their voting patterns. Both the voters and … More

    The Rare Earths Distraction

    The U.S., EU, and Japan are suing China in the World Trade Organization (WTO), calling Chinese export quotas on rare earth elements an illegal trade practice. The U.S. will most likely win. But the suit is peripheral to real issues and was brought because the U.S. is unable or unwilling … More

    Politics and a New Trade Bureaucracy

    President Obama just announced plans to borrow millions of dollars from countries likeChinato create a new federal bureaucracy tasked with policing the trade practices of countries likeChina. The new bureaucracy is more about politics than trade. The International Trade Enforcement Center (ITEC) will have as many as 60 employees. With … More

    Time for a Georgia-U.S. Free Trade Agreement

    President Obama and President of the Republic of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili recently announced that the two countries should start free-trade negotiations. Let’s hope both presidents are serious. Presidents Obama and Saakashvili should instruct the appropriate government agencies to expedite preparation of the agreement. The most recentU.S.trade agreements, with Colombia, Panama, … More

    Toyota Selling Cars to South Korea--From the United States

    Toyota recently announced it will begin exporting U.S.-built Camry cars and Sienna minivans to South Korea from plants located in Kentucky and Indiana. The cars will be shipped through the Port of Hueneme—ironically, one of the California ports that Occupy Wall Street protestors recently attempted to shut down. Some people … More

    Freedom Is the Cure for U.S. Economic Woes

    President Obama recently lectured Americans on economics during a campaign stop in Osawatomie, Kansas. The New York Times congratulated President Obama’s speech as a potent blow against market economics. Cal-Berkeley professor Robert Reich called it the most important speech of his presidency. The Kansas City Star gushed over his good … More

    The Unknown Summit: Key Players in Latin America Move Toward Economic Unity

    Last week, in Merída, Mexico, the leaders of Chile, Mexico, Peru, and Colombia met to affirm their shared commitment to economic integration, growth, and competitiveness. You may not have heard of the summit. In fact, a Google search of recent U.S. news articles covering the meeting of the “Pacific Alliance” … More