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20210120-steel-utilization

Biden’s steel deal with Europe faces utilization hurdle

U.S. industrial capacity utilization has continued to improve in December, with the average across all industries reaching 74.5% from a trough of 64.2% in April. The metals industry has also seen a significant rebound with iron and steel utilization reaching 74.2% in December compared to a tro... Read more →

20210112-ericsson-macro

Ericsson supply chain shifts as Samsung launches IP suit

Samsung Electronics has filed an intellectual property infraction complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission regarding Ericsson’s imports of 5G mobile base stations. That may lead to cross-licensing but won’t help telecoms supply chains that have already been disrupted by the U.S.-... Read more →

20210112-weapons-backgrounds

Firearms shelves empty despite weapon, ammunition import surge

U.S. firearms retailers are running low on stocks after a surge in demand for weapons and ammunition during the pandemic and ahead of the general elections. FBI background checks reached a record high in December of 3.94 million applications after rising by 34.1% year over year. U.S. imports o... Read more →

2021-global-policy-wto

2021 Outlook: Altogether, apart – Global trade policy issues

A change in U.S. presidency and the fallout from Brexit aren’t the only trade policy issues facing global supply chains in 2021. Reform of the WTO will likely have to wait until 2022 with the next ministerial having been delayed until Dec. 2021. In the meantime the WTO will need to manage down... Read more →

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