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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Zika Hits Supply Chain

    This summer, the world has heard a great deal about the Zika virus, especially as athletes and fans from all around the globe flocked to Brazil, an affected region, for the 2016 Olympics. As the mosquito-borne virus has spread to the United States, Zika has affected US supply chains and trade with China as well. Chinese officials have tracked the virus and keep a list of Zika-affected countries. Shipments from these countries must be fumigated before they enter the Chinese market. Last month, officials added the United States to this list. This new status has US exporters worried about added costs and shipping delays, according to The Wall Street Journal.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Forecasting Brexit’s Logistics Implications

    Just about a week ago, the world received the news that citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) voted to withdraw from the European Union (EU) by a narrow margin of 4 percentage points. Now, after months of speculating whether or not Brexit could be a reality, the business world is forecasting how Brexit will affect global commerce. Shortly after the Brexit vote announcement, The Wall Street Journal published an article about how this political move will influence the European supply chain.
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    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    Panama Canal Expansion Equals Trade Expansion

    The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World include The Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus in Turkey, and the Hanging Gardens of Babylon in Iraq. The modern world has its own wonders. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Panama Canal is one of those wonders. Its expansion will open June 26, and The Wall Street Journal reports that this improvement is critical to Western trade in the economic long run. The canal accommodates about one-third of Asia-to-Americas trade but required infrastructure upgrades to keep up with the latest shipping trends.
  • Posted by
    Abe Eshkenazi
    ASCM CEO

    TPP: Significantly Changing Global Trade

    Last week, 12 nations reached an agreement on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is aimed at lowering trade barriers to goods and services and establishing enforceable rules related to labor and the environment. In short, it’s the world’s largest free-trade agreement, with member countries accounting for 40 percent of the world’s economic output.
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