With US President Donald Trump threatening protectionist measures, it's instructive to look at what happened after George W. Bush enacted steel tariffs in 2002.
The new TPP means fewer barriers for Australian exports, but there a number of loose ends – not least if the United States decides to rejoin.
Crunching the numbers on 14 years of trading shows one of the assumptions about global markets is looking fragile.
China's bid for an infrastructure blitz to drive overland trade through to Europe will end up being overshadowed.
There are two ways that international competition can reduce wages. Both are effects of globalisation.
Smaller companies are failing to move quickly into overseas sales. It may be time for government to put its money where its mouth is.
The governments move to include low-value online bought goods in the GST doesn't treat overseas and local sellers in the same way.
The Social Medwork is a website that promises patients legal access to medicines from overseas. How does it work? What are the risks? And why are patients turning to it to access the drugs they need?
The control of imported goods is a quick fix that doesn't resolve fundamental economic problems. It must be accompanied by a policy focus on macroeconomic issues, labour and agriculture.
The protest by Zimbabweans against police road blocks and banned imports highlights a new political economy that is rising on the back of informalisation of the economy.
A weak pound might be good for exports but it is bad news for the investment that the economy is based on.
Why those who want to lean on imperial relations should think again.
Small importers rely on the seller being liable for any import duty - but that situation is being eroded.