Category: Global Trade Issues

A Significant Week in Global Supply and Demand Network Related Developments

The Supply Chain Matters blog reports highlights of significant global supply network developments that occurred this week that should capture the attention of multi-industry supply chain leaders and their respective organizations.

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Foxconn Discloses Contingency Production Sourcing Readiness for High Tech Products

According to a published report, Foxconn Technology Group, Apple’s prime contract manufacturer is ready to shift production out of China if becomes necessary. The revelation came in the contract manufacturer’s first-ever investor meeting and conference call.

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United States and Mexico Come to Terms in a Deal to Avoid Tariffs

The United States and Mexico announced that they had reached an immigration policy deal that would in-essence, ward off the imposition of a series of escalated U.S. import tariffs. While multi-industry supply chains can breathe a sigh of relief, the U.S. tariff action inserts yet more uncertainty to geopolitical tensions and a smooth ratification of the recently negotiated United States, Mexico and Canada Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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Global Manufacturing and Supply Chain Activity Reaches State of Contraction

With the bulk of May 2019 global-wide production and Supply Chain activity indices now being reported, May 2019 represented crossing the threshold to an overall level of contraction.

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Trump Administration’s Sudden Actions to Initiate Retaliatory Tariffs on Mexico Imports is Unprecedented and Concerning

President Trump indicated last night, without adequate formal warning, that he intends to impose a 5 percent tariff on all imported goods from Mexico beginning on June 10. Make no mistake, from our Supply Chain Matters lens, this latest development, without some form of rationalization has serious implications for global trade and for global based supply and customer demand networks.

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Escalation of Global Trade Conflict or Weaponization of High-Tech Supply and Demand Networks? – Organizations Need to Assess

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides editorial commentary on the growing consensus that the escalation of U.S. and China trade conflicts has turned to a weaponization of high tech supply and customer demand networks.

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Ongoing Brexit Developments Churn Added Uncertainties and New Business Casualties

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides readers an update on Brexit’s ongoing impact to multi-industry supply and demand network plans and ongoing actions. Our belief is that June will provide the final tipping point.

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Are Heightened U.S. and China Trade Tensions Now at the Tipping Point?

The Supply Chain Matters blog provides our readers with yet another supply chain management focused update on the now heightened implications of ongoing trade tensions among two of the globe’s three largest economies. We pose the question and the response as to whether tensions are now at the tipping point.

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Breaking News- United States to Reportedly Announce Lifting of Steel and Aluminum Tariffs Involving Canada and Mexico

Business network CNBC, citing two informed sources, is reporting that the United States has reached a deal to lift existing steel and aluminum tariffs involving Canada and Mexico imports. This development is tied to removing a key obstacle in achieving ratification of the recently negotiated United States Canada Mexico Trade Agreement (USMCA).

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Breaking: China and U.S. Trade Talks Now at Impasse

Ongoing trade talks between China and the United States broke-off this afternoon without a basis of agreement. With additional tariffs now imposed by the Trump Administration, businesses and their respective supply and demand networks must now be prepared for additional fallout.

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U.S. and China Trade Talks Reach a Critical Stage

Global equity markets have once again turned volatile on the sudden and unexpected Twitter based announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump threatening to significantly increase import tariffs on goods imported from China. Multi-industry supply networks are at risk, depending on the outcome, and smaller businesses are especially at-risk without a contingency plan.

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