Before the container was standardized, loading and unloading goods was very labor-intensive, inefficient and costly.
A bottleneck in the global shipping network will accelerate the move to more local production and shorter supply chains.
The Suez Canal is the ideal target for causing maximum disruption to global trade.
Whether you like it or not, the globalised world will survive Donald Trump and the pandemic.
The allure of novel goods was so strong that it triggered 1,000 years of trade and interactions among people from different places, but there were limits on globalization then that no longer exist,
In time of crisis like today, instead of blaming one another, countries should foster international cooperation.
So far, New Zealand exporters have not been affected by the trade war between the US and China, but the Hong Kong crisis could easily embroil any foreign company.
If the right changes are made today, Australia’s living standards could be up to 36% higher in 2060. This translates into a 90% increase in average wages (in adjusted, real terms) from today.
Cities have not been central to public policy discussions on trade growth and diversification that are typically centred on trade pacts between countries. But cities are now driving a lot of trade.
At a time when the rules-based trading system is being shredded and the Paris Agreement risks unravelling, it is vital that the G20 meeting between the two superpowers is a constructive one.
Walmart is bigger than Spain, Berkshire Hathaway is bigger than Russia. It could be time to rethink international relations.
Why the Commonwealth trade advantage isn't all that strong.
When he meets the US president this week, the prime minister will talk about the North Korean nuclear threat, the rise of China, and the rebranded Trans-Pacific Partnership.
New modelling shows that Australia’s distance from Europe and the United States hurts our exports, but this will change as Asia develops.
Merkel’s popularity at home and on the global stage continues to grow as she runs for a fourth term as chancellor.
NAFTA renegotiations may see provisions from the Trans-Pacific Partnership revive like zombies. We must remember their failures - on income inequality, labour and environmental protection.
Expectations are high that China will take the reins of global leadership at Davos, but don't expect Xi Jinping to upset the apple cart.
A new US seafood import rule requires supplier countries to control accidental bycatch of whales, seals and other marine mammals – showing that global trade and conservation can reinforce each other.
China's new freight train line to London is part of an increasing web of trade routes designed to boost the country's influence abroad.
A deal intended to help southern African countries develop could instead turn them into an EU dumping ground for cheap goods.