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Brazil: Political and Economic Situation and U.S. Relations

Categories: Brazil,Drug Trafficking,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment

Describes current political and economic situation of Brazil and recent strains in Brazil-U.S. relations due to alleged National Security Agency activities inside Brazil.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Petroleum Refining: Industry’s Outlook Depends on Market Changes and Key Environmental Regulations

Categories: Business/Economics,Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

Examines recent legal and regulatory changes that have affected the petroleum refining industry and the future of the industry, including domestic consumption levels and demand from foreign markets.  From the Government Accountability Office


China’s Hunger for U.S. Planes and Cars: Assessing the Risks

Categories: China,Foreign Trade/Investment,Transportation

U.S. trade deficits with China are being lowered due to increasing U.S. exports in transportation goods, but this report warns of possible future problems due to technology transfer and Chinese industrial policy.  From the U.S. – China Economic and Security Review Commission


Net Energy Imports in 2013 Lowest in More than 20 Years

Categories: Energy,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

Shows trend line for net energy imports from 1985 to date.  From the Energy Information Administration


Trade Barriers that U.S. Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises Perceive as Affecting Exports to the European Union

Categories: Business/Economics,European Union,Foreign Trade/Investment,Laws/Regulations

Cites problems related to standards, trade secrets, patenting costs, and logistics as major barriers for small and medium-sized companies for trading in the European market.  From the investigation of the U.S. International Trade Commission


U.S. Net International Investment Position: End of the Fourth Quarter and Year 2013

Categories: Business/Economics,Foreign Trade/Investment,Statistics

At the end of 2013, foreign investment in the U.S. exceeded U.S. investment in other countries by $4,577.5 billion.  The comparable figure for 2012 was -$3,863.9 billion.  From the Bureau of Economic Analysis


Value of 2013 U.S.-NAFTA Freight on Surface Modes Rose From 2012; Declined on Air and Vessel

Categories: Canada,Foreign Trade/Investment,Mexico,Statistics,Transportation

Provides trends in freight transportation among NAFTA countries by mode of transportation, including pipeline.  From the Bureau of Transportation Statistics


Technical Consultation on Low Levels of Genetically-Modified (GM) Crops in International Food and Feed Trade

Categories: Agriculture/Rural Issues,Foreign Trade/Investment,Science/Technology,United Nations

Presents results of a survey on low levels of genetically-modified crops turning up in international trade which result in trade disruptions when importing countries block shipments and destroy or return the crops shipped.  From the Food and Agriculture Organization


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