Trade shifts

Trade shifts
In the second half of the 20th century, globalization brought a boom in international trade. The rapid change that came with it has led to a backlash, with most countries erecting protectionist barriers. Governments are increasingly using regulations, red tape and tariffs to achieve domestic and foreign policy goals. Highly intense trade disputes, however, can break the ice and lead to results and unexpected benefits.

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U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order to boost manufacturing

Scenarios for U.S. trade policy in the Biden administration

When it comes to trade policy, the Biden administration's biggest departure from its predecessor's stance will be an emphasis on climate change issues. It could even use some of the same tools to pressure trade partners into more environment- and labor-friendly policies. Tariffs are likely to remain in place, however, and little enthusiasm in Congress for trade agreements means President Biden is unlikely to push any through.

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